I thought that government officials who think prayer is good public policy was limited to the United States; turns out I was wrong. The new police chief in Winnipeg, Canada seems to think that prayer is the key to solving that city’s apparently serious crime problem.
“I’m a little tired of us…being ‘[the] murder capital of Canada,'” says Devon Clunis, who was appointed chief of police at the beginning of October. “People consistently say, ‘How are you going to solve that?’ It’s not simply going to be because we’re going to go out there and police it away. I truly believe that prayer will be a significant piece of that.”
“What would happen if we all just truly—I’m talking about all religious stripes here—started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?” he adds.
The exact same thing that would happen if you skipped the prayer and put some actions into place. Those actions, whatever they are, will either work or not work — but it won’t have anything to do with praying. Does he think no one in Winnipeg is praying now? Are there just not enough people praying? What’s the minimum number, in absolute or per capita terms, before God will listen and get involved?