From Time Online:
Faced with the worst drought in 100 years, a US governor called on the ultimate authority for help yesterday: he held a public prayer vigil and asked God for rain.
Sonny Perdue, the Governor of Georgia, where the capital city, Atlanta, is less than four months from running dry, gathered on the steps of the state capitol with other politicians and called on the Lord to open up the heavens.
Yeah, that oughta do it…
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Before a large crowd, Mr Perdue closed his eyes in prayer and asked all of Georgia to join him in asking God to give the state the blessing of rain.
North Georgia has had the driest year on record. Mr Perdue’s prayer vigil has drawn criticism, and not just from those who say it crosses the divide between Church and state. Many believe that he and other officials across the southeast have been far too slow to respond to the drought.
Despite months of warnings, golf courses across the region have remained watered and lush. Only in September did Georgia ban outdoor water use. In October Mr Perdue declared “Take a Shorter Shower Month”, although in summer, a year after the drought began, prisoners were still getting two showers a day.
Last month Mr Perdue finally declared a state of emergency and asked the Bush Administration for federal help. But he has not asked companies to cut back on water use – in particular Coca-Cola, which has its headquarters in Atlanta and whose main ingredient is water.
Good idea, Sonny!! Ask Chimpy for help! He spits when he talks!
Mr Perdue, a Baptist, is hoping that his prayers will be answered like those of a predecessor, former Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris. In 1986, during another drought, he sent out a proclamation asking Georgians to pray for rain. Hundreds of congregations appealed to God for a change in the weather. The following week, it began to rain – and it stayed wet for weeks.
What? No rain dances? No dowsing?