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Meditation 1021
The Power of Political Prayer

by: John Tyrrell

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In response to President Obama's call for gun control and better enforcement as a step towards reducing gun violence, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas suggested prayer is a better answer.[1]

"Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”

Following the Governor's lead, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) announced[2] the signing of the praying quarterback, Tim Tebow to a long term contract. Barbara Cargill, chair of the SBOE stated:

"Tim is of far more value to us praying than he is as a second or third string quarterback in the NFL. With him doing what he does best, our schoolchildren are safe for years to come."

Meanwhile in Florida, Governor Rick Scott expanded on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by suggesting affordable health care could be accomplished through prayer.

"Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for health. Above all, let us pray for our children's health.”

In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker advocated more prayer to resolve labor relations issues rather than collective bargaining through unions. Walker's prayer plan is:

"Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for workplace harmony. Above all, let us pray for our children's workplace harmony.”

And in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner announced his new plan to address the debt ceiling. He promised that his party would not vote for an increase in the debt ceiling, but would pray for God to solve the problem. He asked Americans to join in his plan.

"Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for God to get us out of debt. Above all, let us pray for God to get our children out of debt."

Asked to comment on all these prayer proposals, President Obama replied:

By now, you'd think that these politicians would know that praying for God to take any kind of political action is a waste of time. He does not answer this type of prayer. I know from experience. After all, I've been praying for the past four years that God would give these dumbasses some brains.

Footnotes:

  1. Perry pushes prayer, not legislation, to fight violence, Houston Chronicle, Thursday January 17, 2013
  2. In case there's any doubt, we've entered the realm of satire for the remainder of this Meditation. Sadly, the opening of the article is all too true.