Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Okies: Behold your Governor

Mary Fallin has a plan for ending Oklahoma's drought:

“I encourage Oklahomans of all faiths to join me this Sunday in offering their prayers for rain,” Fallin said. “For the safety of our firefighters and our communities and the well-being of our crops and livestock, this state needs the current drought to come to an end. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain.”

Wow. Wouldn't you be praying to the same God who SENT THE DROUGHT TO BEGIN WITH? Aren't you asking the Deity to admit his/her mistake and change course? How exactly to you phrase a prayer like that? Do you have to promise to quit doing the bad stuff you did to have the drought come your way? Aren't you just supposed to pray for the strength to deal with the path the Deity in his/her wisdom has put you on? Doesn't Fallin run the risk of getting us all turned into pillars of salt or something for our impudence?

If this doesn't work, what's next, rain dances?


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, the religious response would probably be that God simply allowed the drought to happen, but in praying for an end to the drought you are asking God to actually act to end it. Of course, when the drought ends there is no way to tell if the end of the drought was something God allowed or if God took action to end it (assuming God's existence). I see no problem with calling for prayer, though. People who were planning to do something about the drought will still do something about it, and if some people take comfort from prayer, I don't see anything wrong with Fallin encouraging prayer. Prayer can't hurt unless it encourages inaction (which I doubt it does).

codeandculture said...

They're going about it all wrong. Everybody knows that a suovetaurilia is the only way to appease the gods for a good harvest.

steve said...

I would prefer prayer and rain dances to solve our problems compared to the current solutions which always seem to amount to increases in the size and power of government.

pkd said...

Rain dances? Why not? the state is "home to some of the nation's largest Indian reservations, including those of the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indians."

Anonymous said...

I prefer the regression to the mean dance.

Anonymous said...

The word you're looking for is "propitiation."