Atheists want God out of security - Security- msnbc.com
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Wed Dec 3 05:59:43 PST 2008
In Georgia last year, Gov. Sonny Perdue held a public meeting to, as he put
it, "pray up a storm" to help the drought and it worked. Kind of. There was
a big storm the next day in Northern Georgia and Tennessee that brought more
than an inch of rain. Unfortunately, it didn't do much to help the drought.
It did, however, rip the roof off a Baptist church in Tennessee, which
injured three children and sent them to the hospital. Not terribly relevant
to any legal analysis, but there it is.
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[mailto:religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of Paul Finkelman
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The really interesting aspect of this is the way in undermines religion for
those who take it seriously. Does this mean that IF there is a terrorist
attack in KY that God no longer cares about Kentucky? GW Bush was arguably
the most religious president to ever sit in the office; lof of good it did
us on Sept. 11.
This reminds me of when I first moved to Oklahoma, in the summer of 1999;
there was a serious drought in the state. The Governor did not ask the
people to conserve water or stop washing their cars or watering their lawns
every day. Instead, he asked everyone to reserve the following Sunday to
"pray for rain" at their church. I suppose that exempted Jews, Seventh
Adventists, Moslems, and some others from worrying about the problem
Alas, it also gave of fabulous proof of the efficacy of prayer. They all
prayed on Sunday and guess what --
It did not rain for weeks or maybe even months.
So much for the power of prayer when the government tried to commandeer
religion for its own political ends. The Baptists -- of all faiths -- those
who started with Roger WIlliams and were whipped and jailed in
post-Revolutionary Virginia -- should have the good sense NOT to corrupt
their faith by allowing politicians to score points.
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
pfink at albanylaw.edu
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Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 7:01 AM
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