In this time of economic turmoil and nastier-than-usual political strife, leaders such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer have the right idea.
Texas is undergoing a serious drought in the midst of huge wildfires, so Perry has decided to declare this weekend “Days of Prayer for Rain.” This comes on the heels of Bentley naming March 25 a “Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama” so as to help the beleaguered students of the state be better prepared to ward off drug abuse, violent undertakings and low self-esteem. Maybe Bentley should have considered whether tornadoes might be non-Christian when he said that those who haven’t accepted Jesus aren’t his brothers and sisters.
People wonder why groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation actively oppose events such as official state days of prayer. Maybe it’s because this kind of thing is code for “days of Christian prayer,” and that people like Jan Brewer are either too stupid or too arrogant to hide their unconstitutional leanings.
Forget the fact that prayer is useless and silly — lots of things are and this isn’t grounds for whisking them out of view altogether. It’s that “prayer” as spoken of by the United States’ religious parochialists means one thing only — prayers aimed in the general direction of the Christ Jesus. If an American Muslim sought to declare an international prayer day or some such, even without mentioning Islam, it is certain that Christians would rail against this, just as they bitch about atheist billboards and signs at Christmastime. These parochialists naturally deny this because there’s no downside to lying here, unless you’re enough of a fool to be caught lying, like the inimitably worthless Brewer.