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#217583 - 07/19/12 11:55 PM Maybe We ALL Should Pray for Rain
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 3212
Loc: Illinois
I just saw an interesting article in the Politico blog, thought I'd share it with you.

It seems that recently Tom Vilsack, the US's Ag Secretary -- and a man I hold I high regard, as I think he did a fantastic job as Iowa's governor a few years back -- was briefing the press on the drought that is affecting the entire country and putting a big hurt on the Midwest's corn crop.

The debilitating effects of this drought are going to be felt nationwide, as this year's corn crop is decimated -- and corn is used as an ingredient in so many products and foodstuffs. More than any of us know, I suspect.

Anyway, according to the stories I've read, Secretary Vilsack commented that he's been adding a prayer for rain to his daily devotionals.

Hearing that, some atheist group I've never heard of before -- the Council for Secular Humanism -- went into an uproar complaining about "separation of church and state."

Specifically, Tom Flynn, their executive director, said, "Vilsack's mention of prayer sends the wrong message to distraught farmers."

"[Praying] for rain? That's not just government entangling itself with religion, that's government publicly practicing it, and wallowing in superstition..."

I don't know about you, but I loved the last paragraph of the Politico article, which noted that: "Oddly, just hours after Vilsack's prayer, Washington D.C. and New York City were inundated by severe thunderstorms and heavy rain."

Imagine that!
Boomer in Chief of Boomer Women Speak and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women.

#217588 - 07/20/12 03:05 AM Re: Maybe We ALL Should Pray for Rain [Re: Anne Holmes]
Ellemm Offline

Registered: 11/04/08
Posts: 601
Really, some people are just looking for things to get up in arms about. Just because Tom Vilsack mentioned that he's praying for rain doesn't mean that the government has decided to lower the religion boom on everyone. The man is entitled to practice his faith; he's not entitled to force others to practice it. If people don't agree with him, they could do the polite thing and say nothing.

These people who are complaining need to find something to do.......

#217589 - 07/20/12 03:46 PM Re: Maybe We ALL Should Pray for Rain [Re: Ellemm]
jabber Offline

Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10032
Loc: New York State
Don't know what we'd do without prayer! Think I need to seriously pray for rain. We got a bit but need more! IMHO God cannot be separated from anything, since He made everything! Attempting to do so, is an oxymoron of sorts: Or just plain moron! Whichever U prefer!!!

And I'm speaking of concept here, not calling any humans any names. Just the concept of thinking there is no God seems moronic to me.

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