ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- As Georgia descends deeper into drought, Gov. Sonny
Perdue has ordered water restrictions, launched a legal battle and asked
President Bush for help. On Tuesday, the governor called on a higher
power. He joined lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol
to pray for rain.
Praying for rain during fall and winter is kind of like praying for it to be sunny in the summertime. Isn't it? And, who are they to question God's plan to bankrupt the state of Georgia and abate the mosquito population by drying out every mud puddle in the state? Faithful flock, my ass...
While public prayer vigils might raise eyebrows in other parts of the nation,
they are mostly shrugged off in the Bible Belt, where turning to the heavens for
help is common and sometimes even politically expedient.
"Might" raise eyebrows? Oh no...we're way beyond "might". I love the slip, though. Prayers are shrugged off in the Bible Belt? Exxxxxcelent. Politically expedient? Well, I guess if you vote based on who throws up their hands and publicly appeals to prayer when the going gets tough, then this might be politically expedient. In my book, however, it just makes the politician look like a giant douche'.
"Christianity has more of a place in the culture here than in some other
region," said Ray Van Neste, a professor of Christian studies at Union
University in Jackson, Tennessee. "And it's only natural, in a way, for the
public to pray for rain."
No. It's only natural that there will be cycles of draught. And, if you're going to ask millions of people to pray for something, why not pray for a cure for cancer or an end to poverty? Oh. That's right...it's not politically expedient to show the world that prayer is useless. It's much better to pray for something that is likely to actually happen anyway.
The loudest opposition to Perdue's move came from the Atlanta Freethought
Society, a secular group that planned to protest at the vigil.
can pray when he wants to," said Ed Buckner, who was organizing the protest.
"What he can't do is lead prayers in the name of the people of Georgia."
You go, Ed Buckner!!
"We need to try a different approach," said Rocky Twyman, who organized theOMG. It's USA for Africa, all over again. Different approach my ass. *cough*FarmAid*cough* Please tell me that they didn't produce an album.
"We need to call on God, because what we're doing isn't working. We think that
instead of all this fussing and fighting, Gov. Perdue and all these others would
come together and pray."
So many problems...so little time.