FFRF Chides Gov. Perdue for Hosting Prayer Service to Pray for Rain

Nothing Fails Like Prayer Action Alert

(Madison, Wis.) The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, has endorsed and publicized the Atlanta Freethought Society's counter-protest of Gov. Sonny Perdue's religious service to pray for rain, taking place on Tues., Nov. 13, at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

In a letter to Gov. Perdue, Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote, "Our hearts go out to everyone affected" by the crisis drought. Yet the situation "does not excuse the use of government office to sponsor a prayer service."

The Atlanta Freethought Society, along with the Council for Secular Humanism and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will engage in a polite and peaceful protest on Washington Street near the intersection with Martin Luther King Drive SW (the north corner of the Capitol grounds), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gaylor noted "the illogic of appealing to a 'higher power' for rain," since an omnipotent, omniscient (and sadistic) deity would be well-aware of the effect of the drought, since he by definition caused it!

"You have a history of making prayer proclamations," she added. "It is time to quit confusing the office of governor with that of 'state preacher.' "

"The problem is not that they are praying for rain, it's they are doing it in our name," said Ed Buckner of the Atlanta Freethought Society. Among the picket signs Buckner suggested: "Sonny -- Pray on your own time and on your own dime!"

Please contact Gov. Perdue's office to protest this misuse of public office to organize, plan and pay for a prayer service:

The Honorable Sonny Perdue
Office of the Governor
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332

E-mail (fill out form):
http://www.gov.state.ga.us/contact_dom.shtml

Locals can get more information from: Ed Buckner (AFS Treasurer and Southern Director for the Council for Secular Humanism) at 404-284-3478, ext. 114.

Also read:
Putting faith in call for rain
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Bo Emerson
Nov. 13, 2007

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