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June 20th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Louisiana lawmakers declare day of prayer to stop oil disaster

Louisiana's state senate has designated today a statewide day of prayer in response to the Gulf oil spill.

"Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail," state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement. "It is clearly time for a miracle for us."

From the senate resolution:

WHEREAS, a day of unified, intercessory prayer, by and for those people living throughout the regions around the Gulf of Mexico, to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood;

Full resolution here. Story here.

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  4. Pine Desk 

    oil spills can really damage the environment so bad that it would take years to repair the damage:,'

    October 20, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  5. Noah James

    oil spills should be controlled as soon as possible to prevent environmental damage*':

    October 5, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  6. Nykya

    Actually, Tertullian, you prove the point. The people you mention bring about "blessings" through their ACTIONS. A bunch of politicians standing around looking religious, pimping the name of God for votes? That's the lowest of the low, and most posters see through the facade.

    The caring ones are usually the ones helping: some of them pray, some of them don't.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  7. Tertullian

    You miss the point. Those praying usually are the ones helping. Check back in New Orleans and see who is still helping rebuild the city after Katrina...voluntarily...without governmental coercion or tax refund credits. I think you will find that the majority of these diligent, behind the scenes volunteers also find comfort, strength, and peace through the practice of prayer.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  8. Tellurian

    What a great test. If the spill does not stop, then that means there is no god and prayers do not work. Usually religious folks won't ask for prayer unless there is a good possibility the desired outcome is possible. There should be more public requests for prayer in situations where failure of prayer is almost certain, thus proving again there is no god.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  9. jeff

    I live in a country of nut-jobs.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  10. hmmm

    Well I guess this really is the end of the world when people have completly lost thier minds so as to resort to complete insane ways to stop the leak....amazing just friggin amazing,but Im thinking the extreme muslums are OUT praying the Christians..maybe time to bring in Buddists back up

    June 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  11. John D

    Lame Christian show business by the legislature.
    Mind you, if the voters keep buying it, I can't blame them for going on selling.

    The resolution itself is fine, I guess.
    The commentary surrounding it is incredibly dorky.

    June 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  12. atheistamongus

    What a waste. Sure is easier than actually doing something though, ain't it?

    June 21, 2010 at 9:36 am |
    • Luke

      Yes, that's the point. Incredible, really. These people actually went through the process of voting on this, expecting results no less. They could, alternatively, grab a shovel or donate money, but no; this will aid the process. I'm moving to Europe.

      June 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  13. Kristopher.Sloopanovich

    This option just barely passed their 2nd option of logical things that will help: rowing a boat into the middle of the gulf with a rolled up newspaper to smack the oil spill and tell it that it's been bad.

    June 21, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  14. Dan

    A totally useless (and rankly embarrassing) exercise.
    How any grown reasonably intelligent adult would give any credence to the "power of prayer" is amazing to me.
    In ANY other aspect of our lives this silliness would have been discredited centuries ago.
    With prayer we ONLY gets "evaluated" when it "works".
    ALL the times it fails (the majority of the time) religious folks just shrug & say : "god's will"!
    Imagine if medicine, law, engineering, and science worked that way!

    June 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      No need to imagine, it was the dark ages.

      June 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  15. riverrunner

    "Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer." ~Author Unknown

    June 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • riverrunner

      PRAYER. How to do nothing and still think you're helping.

      June 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  16. Faith

    Just pray today.

    June 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Philosophy on Life according to MC Hammer

      June 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  17. sheetiron

    Reality, your comment stating that a caring God would not let bad things happen just shows your ignorance and inability to see beyond your narrow, limited, human understanding of the nature of the universe. There is Fate, and there is Free Will. They are in perfect balance and cannot exist apart from each other. I have a certain "Fate". However although I am "set up" do the things I will do, I still have to make a choice. Now proponents of solely Fate say that they were and are not choices because I was highly influenced, pushed, and manipulated into making those choices. Certain things happened and didnt happen in my life so that I would make the preferred choice. All that being said, I still had to make a choice. Fate and Free will exist. and they are in perfect harmony and balance.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
    • Don Carlos

      Why only pray when things go bad? Why not pray ALL the time to prevent bad things from happening brfore they happen? Because pray is a useless exercise that does absolutely nothing! I pray for the day when grown people will realise this!

      June 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
    • nonesuch

      Oh, nonsense. This is akin to the silliness of "the flap of a butterfly's wings on one side of the globe results in a typhoon on the other side". There is nothing deep about life's vagaries. Things happen by chance all the time and there is no hand on some invisible steering wheel that controls all.

      June 21, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      Pray for advances in battery technology. Pray for better solar, radiation collecting panels. Pray for whirled peas.
      It is all for naught. This is a man made problem that needs a man made solution.

      June 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • Reality

      Sheetiron,

      Once again as per the famous contemporay theogian, Edward Schillebeeckx:

      Christians (et al) must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history."

      "Nothing is determined in advance: in nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human activity there is possibility of free choices. Therefore the historical future is not known even to God, otherwise we and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings.

      For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."

      i.e. No one, not even God (if there is one) can prophesy since that would violate the God-given/natural gifts of Free Will and Future.

      June 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  18. riverrunner

    good luck with that.

    June 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  19. Reality

    Oops, make that Louisiana.

    June 20, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  20. Reality

    Why a day of prayer in Loiusiana or any place else does not work and never will?

    If there were an interacting, all-knowing, all-caring god, the spill (hurricane, tornado, disease, accident) would not have happened to begin with.

    Once again in the words of the famous, contemporary theologian, Edward Schillebeeckx:

    "Christians (et al) must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history."

    "Nothing is determined in advance: in nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human activity there is possibility of free choices. Therefore the historical future is not known even to God, otherwise we and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings.

    For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."

    (Assuming there even is a god.)

    June 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
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