George Carlin once asked, “If you’re going to have a rain dance, wouldn’t you have to have rain dance practice? And what I’m wondering is, does it rain during practice? Because if it doesn’t, how do you know if you have it right? And if it does, why bother with the dance in the first place. Need a little water? Call practice!”
The great state of Georgia is facing a drought. Clearly this is God’s punishment for our wasteful ways. The solution is obvious: Ask God nicely to knock it off.
Gov. Sonny Perdue wasn’t the least bit discouraged Tuesday after his hourlong state Capitol prayer vigil for rain ended with the sun shining through what had been a somewhat cloudy morning.
“God can make it rain tomorrow, he can make it rain next week or next month,” Perdue told reporters who asked him if a miracle was on the way.
More than 250 faithful Georgians joined Perdue outside the Capitol to ask for divine intervention to end the historic drought.
“We come here very reverently and respectfully to pray up a storm,” Perdue told those in attendance.
Gosh, I wonder if the fact that the weather forecast for Atlanta calls for thunderstorms in the next day or two had any effect on the timing.
My only comment on this is to point out, once again, that the version of religion addressed by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the kind where people believe in a real God who really is influenced by the requests of common folks, who can be usefully encouraged to end a drought when a lot of people ask him to, is the kind most people practice. The other kind, the one beloved of philosophers and theologians, where everything is metaphorical and complicated and subtle? That’s the caricature.