Louisiana’s pray day was a waste of time and energy – oh, and very, very stupid
SIX days have elapsed since a “Statewide Day of Prayer for Louisiana,” was mooted by some Christian numpty named Senator Robert Adley, and adopted by fellow state senators. Its aim was to get God on the case of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The result: Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Following a time-worn trend, Louisiana’s prayers fell on non-existent ears, and the oil continues to gush.
This prompted an exasperated Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation to issue a statement headed “Nothing fails like prayer in the Gulf of Mexico”. In it she lamented the time wasted by politiciansÂ on something as monumentally stupid as prayer.
Gaylor, according to this Examiner report, believes there are more constructive ways for politicians to be spending their time and implores people to take action by telling Louisiana Senators to:
Stick to the business of government; our Constitution demands you stay out of the religion business. Clearly your ‘day of prayer’ was a waste of time and energy, and the only result was to embarrass those senators who signed on to it, and to disappoint the people of Louisiana. Leave aside the fairy tales and focus on preventing this from ever happening again.
Adley’s Prayer Day, wrote the Examiner‘s Trina Hoaks “made the usual human-as-worms allusion”, saying:
A Statewide Day of Prayer provides each of us with a powerful opportunity to humble ourselves before our Almighty God.
The usual primitive and superstitious invocations are offered that â€˜prayers woven together through common effort can themselves become an awesome and powerful force . . . [advocating] a day of unified, intercessory prayer, by and for those people living in the regions around the Gulf of Mexico, to pray for an end to this environmental emergency’.
And she asked:
Isn’t it blasphemous for these senators to propose that a united humanity is actually more powerful than the god they believe in, that by sheer wishful thinking such â€˜humble’ humans can force their god to stop the gusher over which he previously has chosen not to intervene?
Most absurdly, the resolution urged:
The citizenry of the state and all people of faith throughout the United States and the world to give personal thanks . . . for God’s continued guidance.
She also asked:
Instead of pointless prayer, how about adopting the attitude of Bill Nye, the Science Guy? When asked about the oil disaster at the recent American Humanist Association convention where he was named Humanist of the Year, Nye proposed that we turn this crisis into “an opportunity.” In this case, an opportunity to prevent future such catastrophes.
Prayer, Hoaks concluded:
Is what politicians fall back on when they don’t want to offer true leadership. Are we prepared to learn anything from this environmental disaster? Or are we just going to pray about it?
Louisiana, by the way, has a problem with giant Salvinia, a noxious water plant which originated in Brazil and is now proving a threat to Lake Bistineau. Senator Adley, a Democrat-turned-Republican who is active in the United Methodist Church as a lay leader and speaker, recently announced practical measures to deal with the nuisance plant, but surprisingly, they don’t include prayer.
One can’t help but to wonder why.