Many parts of America are currently experiencing severe drought. It has gotten so bad that crops are withering away. And so when Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack gave a briefing to reporters, he mentioned that he has been praying for rain. This, of course, has thrown the atheists into a tailspin.
As reported by Buzzfeed.com, Vilsack was briefing reporters on the current weather conditions and said "that he is praying for rain to end the drought parching 61 percent of the United States."
"I get on my knees every day," he said on July 18. "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."
That's when the Council for Secular Humanism went into an uproar.
In a statement, Tom Flynn, the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, said Vilsack's mention of prayer "sends the wrong message to distraught farmers."
"[Praying] for rain? That's not just government entangling itself with religion, that's government publicly practicing it, and wallowing in superstition," he said.
The press release issued by the Council for Secular Humanism goes on to say that Vilsack's statement "sends the wrong message."
"It sends the wrong message to distraught farmers when the Agriculture Secretary suggests that the best response is to pray," said Flynn. "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?"
This is just outrageous! How many times have Americans turned to prayer in times of need? It is part of who we are, both as individuals and as a country.
As a side note, Politico.com reports that "Oddly, just hours after Vilsack's prayer, Washington D.C. and New York City were inundated by severe thunderstorms and heavy rain."
Hey... Tom Flynn... how's that working out for you?