ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- As Georgia descends deeper into drought, Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered water restrictions, launched a legal battle and asked President Bush for help. On Tuesday, the governor will call on a higher power.
He will join lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain.
While public prayer vigils might raise eyebrows in other parts of the nation, they are mostly shrugged off in the Bible Belt, where turning to the heavens for help is common and sometimes even politically expedient.
"Christianity has more of a place in the culture here than in some other region," said Ray Van Neste, a professor of Christian studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. "And it's only natural, in a way, for the public to pray for rain."
Perdue won't be the first governor to hold a call for public prayer during the epic drought gripping the Southeast. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a proclamation declaring a week in July as "Days of Prayer for Rain" to "humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady in times of difficulty."
Not going to get into the whole separation of Church and State stuff or anything like that. This just struck me funny that they are scheduling a prayer time and date for this. I just hope God's available at that time. I think he publishes his Google Calendar, I hope they checked that.
That and I never understood the whole group prayer thing. Why is it a big deal to tell everyone that you are planning on praying for something and try to get a whole bunch of people together to do it. I mean I guess I see the show of solidarity for a community and a bonding in those terms, but is a group prayer anymore powerful than a single prayer? Do they get some sort of prayer boost and just how many people exactly do you need for something like that.
I also find it funny that many people will probably drive their SUV's to attend this meeting and not think how it's all connected. Oh well.