With no rain in sight, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is looking for a little spiritual help to get North Georgia out of its drought.
Gov. Perdue’s office has begun sending out invitations to a prayer service for rain at the Capitol next week. The service is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. on the Washington Street side of the statehouse.
Heather Teilhet, his spokeswoman, said the governor began talking about wanting to host a service to pray for rain on his way back from Washington D.C. last week. He was in D.C. meeting with federal officials and the governors of Alabama and Florida to discuss the region’s water crisis.
Gov. Perdue, whose son is a Baptist preacher, has had similar prayer services in the past.
“Georgia needs rain. The issue at the heart of our drought problems is a lack of rain,” Ms. Teilhet said. “And there is nothing the government can do to make that happen.
“The governor recognizes that the request has got to be made to a higher power.”
Ms. Teilhet said the governor’s office has invited spiritual leaders from several faiths and denominations to participate in the service.
NOTE from Blog Moderator: The Atlanta Freethought Society opposed the rain prayer saying in a statement, “The governor can pray when he wants to. What he can’t do is lead prayers in the name of the people of Georgia”.
…this post forwarded by Windsor Humanist, Alexander Hodgins, after a November 7, 2007 article by James Salzer in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution