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Bringing God into government

Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 6:40 AM

Georgia's governor and lieutenant governor led prayers for rain Tuesday on the steps of the capitol building in Atlanta.

It's good to see state officials who don't mind publicly paying homage to a higher power. We could use the same in Tennessee.

Here's part of Perdue's prayer, as reported by the Associated Press:

"We acknowledge our wastefulness. We acknowledge that we haven't done the things we need to do.

"Father, forgive us and lead us to honor you as you honor us with the showers of blessing. Thank you, Lord, for the showers that come."

How much do you think God should be acknowledged in goverment? As much as possible, in my opinion, while preservating the separation of church and state. But a line should be drawn as far as particular denominations, or religious conservatism vs. liberalism -- that is, one particular religious group or stance -- dominating things. After all, the fact that our country and its government belong to ALL the people should always be kept in mind.

It's when particular groups want their views written into law, not just to be considered when making laws, that attempts to bring a religious angle into government decisions often backfire.

On a related note, the part of the prayer about acknowledging our wastefulness could apply to politicans of all stripes and should be prayed by them daily. Governments waste so much money on unneeded positions and projects while real needs go unanswered.

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I saw on the news that some people took offense to the governor's public prayer citing that he was a state official on state property. These people that took offense are bent on fighting over religion no matter the reason. I agree whole heartedly with separation of church and state, but getting bent out of shape over a prayer for rain, led by an elected official on state property is silly.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 8:39 AM

Some folks do all they can to remove any reference to faith, using government regulations as an excuse...


-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 8:51 AM

I believe prayer in government is the only hope we have. We need it in our community, our state, and expecially our national government. That is what is wrong with our world now--everyone wants to do it own there own. I am afraid since we have taken God out of our government and out of our schools--HE is turning his back on us.

-- Posted by mom of 89 & 5 on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 12:07 PM

God isn't out of our schools, off our money, or out of the legislature... And only radicals complain about a public prayer for rain. I think what is most bothersome though, is they don't pray until they need god, rather than praying all the time. I bet they never invite god into a meeting where pork barrel spending is so outrageous that it deprives the people of properly spend tax revenue. They surely don't bother to bring god into the room when they decide it's ok to lie and go to war. And as far as I can tell, they don't truly seek god's permission when legislating morality and acting shamefully in private.

I am all for public prayer, by government officials, after all aren't Senate meetings always started with prayer?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Nov 15, 2007, at 5:49 PM

Awesome blog, maybe if America blessed God , God would bless America again, only seems fair .

-- Posted by michaelbell on Sat, Nov 17, 2007, at 5:17 AM

LOL... I think he blesses plenty of people abundantly, and no not the ones who claim to be high and mighty, and condemn others to places they have no control over.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 8:09 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.