Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rain and Prayer

On the news that Barack Obama plans to give his nomination acceptance speech outdoors, the lunkheads from Focus on the Family have laid their plans, and to no one's surprise, they're a combination of idiotic and mean-spirited:

A video producer for Focus on the Family is asking people to pray for rain when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) makes his speech at the end of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. ...

Stuart Shepard made the prayer request in his latest Internet video for the evangelical Christian group.

He says he's only partly joking.

"Sure it's boyish humor perhaps to wish for something like that, but at the same time it's something people feel very strongly about. They're concerned about where he would take the nation," said Shepard.
On one hand, nothing fails like prayer; on the other hand, it's the thought that counts, and the thought is still nasty for all its fecklessness.

Focus on the Fambly might want to pull its collective nose up from the Biblical cherry-picking long enough to consider that rain is actually little more than falling water, and that people have long since developed ways to mitigate its inconveniences: water-repellent clothing, hats, roofs of various sorts, umbrellas, etc. I've even witnessed cases in which people have gone ahead and proceeded with their planned activities regardless of the rain! They've simply allowed it to fall on them as though it wouldn't dissolve their skin and burn out their eyes!

It's interesting to observe the ends to which people will attempt to marshal omnipotence. And surely, should rain fall on Obama, it will be clear evidence that god's priorities are exactly where they should be.

(H/T Pharyngula)

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