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Sonny Perdue: More Republican Universalism

Posted by Job on November 14, 2007

For the uninitiated, north Georgia is experiencing two things at once: an unprecedented population boom and a historic drought. The combination of the two means that unless things change there may be real water shortages as soon as next year (exactly when is a matter of debate and may be impossible to accurately predict) which will adversely affect some 4 million people.

What are our options? Truthfully none. This situation has been building over the past quarter century thanks to the combined efforts of pro – business types that would not control the growth, pro – Atlanta types (black/liberal) that did not want to see economic development and the accompanying political power spread to the more conservative parts of the state, suburban types (conservative/racist) who were intent on competing with Atlanta, anti – state sorts that resist performing even the legitimate functions of government because they do not want to pay taxes for it, and pro – state sorts that only use what little revenue is collected on everything BUT what the government is actually supposed to be doing. Yep, all those plus the environmentalists, a huge force in Georgia politics despite it being a southern state, and yes Georgia’s Newt “A Contract With THE EARTH To Prevent Global Warming” Gingrich (more on him later, or then again maybe not) was once one of them and apparently is one of them again.

Even then, this current water shortage issue has a longer history. Dry conditions have been motivating government conservation measures of varying severity since at least 1998, annual rainfall has been below what could be considered normal for even longer, and it has reached the point where during the past several years we have been reduced to hoping for hurricanes and tropical storms to come to the state to provide relief (no such fortune from misfortune this year).

So what is the governor of our state, a conservative family values religious right small town (pro – rich and big business!) Southern Baptist Republican, doing to deal with this crisis? Among other measures, hold an hourlong prayer vigil on the steps of the state capitol to ask God for rain. ajc.com/search/content/metro/stories/2007/11/13/rainprayer_1114.html (I should note that I have not personally as yet felt moved by God to pray for rain and neither has anyone else in my family, but perhaps one should not make anything of that.) Which is fine.

But when one considers that Perdue invited ALL RELIGIONS to take part in the prayer vigil, that is NOT fine. ajc.com/search/content/metro/stories/2007/11/12/prayer_1113.html! He stated that the prayer was not to the One True God in the Name of Jesus Christ, but to “a higher power” that the Christians, Muslims, and Hindus apparently worship according to him. So we have to consider four things here.

1. The article mentions that when a Rockville, Maryland man participated in a prayer vigil and gospel concert at an Atlanta church for God to heal our Georgia drought, heavy rains came. To Rockville, Maryland. Then again, perhaps one should not make anything of that.

2. These Christian pastors that in this event joined in prayer with people of other religions that our Bible and traditional Christian doctrine teaches us are analogous to devil worship, what of they?

3. The religious right sorts that spent eight years zealously hunting for any hint of evidence that Bill Clinton was “betraying our Judeo – Christian heritage”, where were they? Probably the same places they have been while George W. Bush was doing the same thing. Or maybe they were attending a Mitt Romney campaign event, who knows.

4. Will Sonny Perdue’s church home, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, take any action regarding his calling and presiding over a religious apostasy meeting? By the way, First Baptist Church of Woodstock stages very elaborate Christmas and Easter services; everyone that attends says that they are outstanding.

These are strange times indeed. Incidentally, there were two groups protesting during the meeting. One was a group of atheists, who suggested that legitimate believers in God 1. should pray in private or in church instead of making spectacles of themselves for public consumption and influence and 2. ought to be offended at Sonny Perdue’s publicity show. I cannot say that I disagree with the people. The second group, a party of one actually, was demanding that Sonny Perdue and all of the other Republicans that were elected on antiabortion platform do something to actually challenge the evil practice that has shed so much innocent blood in our state, disproportionately affecting minorities and the poor. The fellow, Robert D. Rothlisberger Jr., was charged with trespassing and released after having been arrested … while standing in front of a church.

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