Governor Asks for Prayer for Rain

What do you do in times of drought? According to the Governor of Georgia, you pray.

He joined lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain.

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.

“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.”

But it doesn’t end there…

Perdue isn’t the first governor to hold a call for public prayer during the epic drought gripping the Southeast. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a proclamation declaring a week in July as “Days of Prayer for Rain” to “humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady in times of difficulty.”

This begs the question of what the fuck the is the Governor doing? Why is he leading prayer? Or better yet, asking for people to pray?

“We need to try a different approach,” said Rocky Twyman, who organized the concert. “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.”

“What we are doing isn’t working.” Is there really all that much can be done besides conservation? My Meteorology isn’t all that great but I thought the processes required for rain don’t shift much from human interaction. I know that global warming shifts weather patterns, and more places will have drought and more places will have flooding from Global Warming and these two scenarios will be less spread out. So in that sense humans have an impact. But in the immediate short term, there really isn’t much human interaction is going to do.

And why the fuck is the Governor leading this prayer. He has every right to pray himself, but what is he doing on the capitol lawns asking for and leading prayer. Is it too much to ask for high level government official that understands the constitution?

In this case, it just seems that prayer is a way to shift responsibility from people to God. I know no one is claiming that, but I have always seen religion as a way to shift responsibility for ones actions. Besides that, I don’t really care if people pray. I have never found it useful, no matter how much I used to believe, or how bad my life was. I never got anything out of prayer, no one answered my calls, and no one fixed my life but myself. So I guess my path in life has lead me to to different answers.

9 thoughts on “Governor Asks for Prayer for Rain

  1. Go ahead and laugh, webs, but every time someone has prayed for rain, in all of human history, it has rained.  Eventually.

    Before someone gets all punctilious on my ass,  I will also say that I happen to know that no one has ever prayed for rain in the Antarctic, or on the Moon.  Of course, the way things are going, it might rain in the Antarctic someday again…

  2. Scoff if you wish, but every year I’ve prayed for it to snow at least once and I’ve never been disappointed!  (I live in Illinois).

    His Noodleness will touch all who ask with His Noodly Appendage.

  3. It doesn’t so much bother me that the governor is praying for rain as much as it does that if it doesn’t rain then no one will make much of it, but i it does rain everyone will jump up and down and say prayer works.

  4. As long as he doesn’t pass some looney law establishing a prayer day or REQUIRE people to pray, I got no problem with it.  Well, I have a problem with it, but not one about ethics or legality.  It is only against the constitution to make laws establishing a clear preference for a religion.  If he’s ASKING, he’s a loon, but that’s his problem come the next election.  The most you can say is that he’s rude, using his religion and effectively ignoring all the others.  He probably could have done more to make it sound inclusive, but basically he’s asking for help from his god and asking other people to join him.  Stupid, ineffectual, and rude, but not ‘wrong’ in any particular sense.

    On the other hand, they tried this in Texas once and as I recall they nearly got flooded in the following weeks.  Maybe he should limit the number of people he asks to pray smile

  5. I know this might not be your style of music, but you might enjoy it none-the-less.  It’s a music video for a band named Bad Religion, with the song, “New Dark Ages”,

    It’s more and more apparent to people who can actually think, that we’re on a downward spiral when it comes to things like, separating fact from fiction, and praying to the invisible man in the sky for some rain.

  6. I’ll paste in here my comment from UTI’s post on the same topic:
    This is Bible Belt territory and even if the governor were an atheist he would be well advised to at least attend such a meeting. It would give him a chance to quote the old proverb; “Pray as if it were up to God but work as if it were up to you”. Then he could talk about letting golf courses go brown. To tell anyone anything, first you have to get their attention.

    OTOH, the governor has been campaigning against environmental water flow regulations for years. This is his big chance to set them ‘enviornmentalists’ back.

    Heck, maybe he should pass emergency legislation requiring people to pray.  Or, you know, maybe banning watering lawns, etc.  And get a sewage recycling system, since they obviously need one.

    Yes, I said sewage recycling.

  7. Go ahead and laugh, webs, but every time someone has prayed for rain, in all of human history, it has rained.  Eventually.

    Yup, shure nuf…It rained last night here in Atlanta. We got about an inch…which leaves us still about 18” behind normal.

    Never mind that it was predicted to rain by the various websites and TV channels. Politicians will claim credit to gain votes.

    Governer: “Quick the weather channel says its gonna rain after all, let’s call a prayer meeting and make it look like prayer actually works.”

  8. Subscribing.  I’ve got nothing to say that hasn’t already been said, but it involves prayer, so it might draw in some wackos.

  9. Prayer wont work. They need to hold a march on God. Refuse to worship until the drought has ended. God needs to be aware that we’ll no longer stand for inacation. If we can turn organized religion into a union then there will be a legit reason to pay dues.

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