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Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Sonny.

Posted by Maggie on November 13, 2007

In the South, some things are just shrugged off where other places they might be considered insane. For example, Governor Perdue’s request to Georgians to pray for rain.

A brief personal note. I used to be very religious but am not any more. So I can see this issue from both sides. But I have to just point out the craziness that is the AJC coverage of this story.

First, they mention a big prayer revival hosted by a former Atlantan. They prayed and prayed. But apparently they weren’t “specific” enough, according to the leader, because it didn’t rain here, it rained in his new home of Maryland. Ah yes, if only we had been more specific! Then God would get it!

Then, not only is the Governor Sonny asking people to pray for rain, he is meeting with religious leaders on the steps of the capital today to do some praying himself.

Of course, we have to cut to an atheist to complain about the situation. Although this atheist has a point: wouldn’t you think God would already know? Does Sonny have to invoke divine authority himself before it pays attention? Perhaps this must be done on the capital steps for it to work properly. (The Daily Report quotes the same atheist, but chose to use a more atheist-ish quote.)

Then we go into the multi-ethnic-religiously-diverseness of it all and even hear about rain dances and praying for rain in the desert and such. It was all good for a chuckle. Luckily I don’t have to drive by the capital today.

2 Responses to “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Sonny.”

  1. Chris said

    Has it occurred to you yet how hysterically Republican this is. This guy has blamed everyone for the drought..now its Gods fault because he didn’t understand the prayers. The Feds, the Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Fish and Wild Life, and now God – brilliant.

  2. Maggie said

    There’s really no better place to be hysterical than the South. We like our Republicans and Democrats hysterical.

    The real question is why does God hate Sonny so much? All Sonny wants is a little rain. He must have really pissed off someone. (Another hilarious note. The AJC says that the news helicopter covering the big prayer was so loud you couldn’t hear the praying. Perhaps God won’t be able to hear it, either. They’ll have to try again, I guess.)

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