Alabama Gov. Bob Riley tells his constituents to pray to God for rain.

Faced with an ongoing drought Governor Bob Riley decided his best course of action would be to encourage his fellow Alabamians to engage in a pointless ritual:

With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain, Gov. Bob Riley on Thursday turned to a higher power. The governor issued a proclamation calling for a week of prayer for rain, beginning Saturday.

Riley encouraged Alabamians to pray “individually and in their houses of worship.”

“Throughout our history, Alabamians have turned in prayer to God to humbly ask for his blessings and to hold us steady during times of difficulty,” Riley said. “This drought is without question a time of great difficulty.”

Ah yes, the old “pray to God in hopes he’ll stop being such a bastard and gives us a little relief” tactic that has worked so well in the past. Oh wait, it hasn’t worked at all.

Just the same the folks in Alabama may want to think twice before beseeching God to quench their thirst. Back on July 24 of 2006 the town of Lubbock Texas was in a serious drought and they decided to pray for rain as well:

“Nobody is going to tell God what to do and what not to do, but we are in a serious drought in West Texas and since he is the man who controls the rain clouds, we’re asking him for his mercy and his help,” Mayor David Miller told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

The City Council and the Lubbock County commissioners are expected to adopt resolutions this week asking local residents to both pray and fast for rain this Sunday.

God didn’t get around to answering that prayer until just recently and the resulting floods have already killed 11 people:

It’s the wettest year on record in Austin, with more than 30 inches of rain since January, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls have received near-record amounts. The rainfall has more than compensated for a drought that gripped much of Texas in 2005-06, the National Weather Service said.

So perhaps the good people of Alabama might want to think twice before getting down on their knees. This God fellow has a well developed sense of irony it seems.

16 thoughts on “Alabama Gov. Bob Riley tells his constituents to pray to God for rain.

  1. This God fellow has a well developed sense of irony it seems.

    Why else do you think Moses led his people wandering around in the desert for 40 years, and settled on the only place in the Middle East without oil?

  2. I always find it interesting when Christians make a request for prayers for rain.

    This is because the Canaanite deity, Baal, was associated with rain/thunderstorms. Sacrifices were offered to Baal in hopes that he would be aroused (yes, sexually) and spill forth his seed (rain…but yes, it’s semen) onto the earth to bring forth life.

    The Israelite god, YHWH, was never approached in this manner so I hope you see the irony of silly requests like these from so-called Christians. It’s essentially a call to idolatry.

  3. A month or so ago in Oz most of the East Coast states were in drought; we’ve had a bit of rain since.
    Four people died when a piece of road – 30 metres deep and 10 metres wide – disappeared and there’s a ship run aground as a result of high seas at Nobbys Beach.

  4. With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain

    This is why the misguided theists hate science. The think that the good looking weather girl/guy can actually make weather happen. They don’t get that the person on the screen is just reading a report that is based on mathematical equations, and not makeing the weather happen.

  5. The Israelite god, YHWH, was never approached in this manner so I hope you see the irony of silly requests like these from so-called Christians.

    Ah, but if I’m not totally mistaken, Yahweh/Jehovah was originally a storm god in a large pantheon himself before Abraham adopted him as his personal deity before he left Ur. 

    This is generally extra-biblical knowledge since we can’t allow anyone to stumble upon the fact that the supposed mighty creator of the universe was actually just one of many nature gods before some smartass figured on forming a monotheistic religion around him and split him off the rest.

    So perhaps the Christian god was prayed to for rain back in the early days, and I guess they’re not totally mistaken in doing so now either, at least from a crazy magical thinking perspective.

  6. That sounds about right, but it has been a while since I have checked. It was based on mesopotamian teaching if I remember correctly.

  7. Ah yes, the old “pray to God in hopes he’ll stop being such a bastard and gives us a little relief” tactic that has worked so well in the past. Oh wait, it hasn’t worked at all.

    They must not’ve been praying hard enough/ must’ve had a sinner in the area so deserve indiscriminant punishment just to get’im

    Lighning is oh so much more specific – that bastard tree deserved it

  8. the only place in the Middle East without oil?

    Oy, you decrepit old fool- that’s my joke- I’ve been using it for at least 10 years.

    Lighning is oh so much more specific – that bastard tree deserved it

    LOL Perhaps it was a fig tree. (a shameless piece of blog self publicity there)

    Lets face it ‘Alabama Bob’ even sounds like a snake oil salesman.

  9. God only makes it rain when the sheep pray for it.  The other times (like when people die from floods) it’s Science’s fault.  Because Science is evil duh!

  10. Just some “safe” political speech that makes it look like the government is actually “doing” something about the current drought (like much can be done other than conservation).  Gov. Riley is a good politician and is doing his best to cozy up to the majority god believers.  The current drought does suck, BTW.

    The funniest call to prayer has to be the car thief in a Canadian “bait car” video on Youtube.  In between four letter expletives he urges his partner in crime to “Pray, pray, … pray” as the law closes in.

  11. Ah, but if I’m not totally mistaken, Yahweh/Jehovah was originally a storm god in a large pantheon himself before Abraham adopted him as his personal deity before he left Ur.

    Yeah…you might be right about that…I will have to check. But the point I was trying to get at is that the Old Testament writer(s) were trying to get the people off of the local deities and onto YHWH. Since the Old Testament portrays YHWH as more of a god of gods it was hurting the effort to push this worldview when lower deities were being petitioned when the umbrella god, YHWH, was the one to be trusted. (hehe! I made a really bad pun)

  12. Maybe if prayers don’t work they’ll start sacrificing people…starting with the governor!

    SG

  13. If only the Alabamans had prayed harder in 1861, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in!

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