Religion

Atheists Condemn Obama Administration's Prayer For Rain

| by Michael Allen

The Council for Secular Humanism is angry at the Obama administration because the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, said he is praying for rain to end the nationwide draught.

Vilsack said at the White House press briefing, on Wednesday: “I get on my knees every day. And I’m saying an extra prayer now. If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it.”

Tom Flynn, the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, said in a statement: “It sends the wrong message to distraught farmers when the Agriculture Secretary suggests that the best response is to pray. For a Cabinet official to recommend prayer as a solution or call attention to his own devotions may violate the Constitution’s prohibition against establishment of religion."

"Most important, though, is that prayer doesn’t work. But if you want to test the power of prayer yourself, consider this. Apparently Secretary Vilsack’s been praying for rain every day; how’s that working out?”

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