Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Letter to Gov. Barbour on the Prayer Proclamation

This was my letter to Gov. Barbour about the prayer proclamation:

Dear Gov. Barbour:

I was disappointed to hear that you have designated June 27 as a Day of Prayer for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and other areas affected by the oil spill. As a public official, encouraging Mississippians to pray is a misuse of your office. The government is not supposed to be in the business of promoting religion.

Prayer seems to be what many politicians fall back on when they are not interested in providing leadership. I would hope that you would support meaningful action rather than useless superstition. It would be great to see you taking responsibility and attempting to help the people of our state.

This is a serious environmental disaster, and Mississippians are looking to you for leadership. Instead of prayer, please consider informing the people of our state that you will do everything in your power to prevent such disasters from recurring. Our precious coastal areas must be protected from reckless and poorly regulated drilling.