Monday, November 12, 2007

"Someone keep that fire burning/somebody beat the drum..."

Here's another story about the efforts of the Only Governor We Have to bring a little precipitation to drought-plagued Nawth Jawja by praying like the Baptist he proudly proclaims to be. (Part of his "Sonny-Do" list, I'm assuming.) The article points out that he's not the only crackpot to roll the dice for this meteorological miracle--Alabama Governor Bob Riley called for a "Days of Prayer for Rain" week back in July, as did Australian Prime Minister John Howard in a similar fashion in May.

Ed Buckner, who appears to be the only voice of sanity left in the state, is organizing a protest on behalf of the Atlanta Freethought Society, a secular group which will have a guesstimated 125 members present to watch the Guv, lawmakers and ministers make acomplete horse's hind-ends of themselves. "The governor can pray when he wants to," says Buckner. "What he can't do is lead prayers in the name of the people of Georgia."

How bad is the drought situation in this state? As The Spirit editor Steve Hartley jokes, "It's so dry in Georgia that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling; the Methodists are using wet-wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water."


Sam said...

I gotta say, it really did look interesting to see Sonny up there praying to Baby Jesus like that. It could have been worse. He could have sacrificed a first born from Alabama.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

In the immortal words of Hedley Lamarr: "Too Jewish."