Bachmann Loves Farah’s Day of Prayer and Fasting

Joseph Farah has won a high-level endorsement of his plan to hold a day of prayer and fasting on Sept. 11, 2013. Michele Bachmann, unsurprisingly, just loves the idea. She even commented on it on the floor of the House so it would be in the Congressional Record.

“I join together with other Americans who have called for September 11, 2013, to be set aside as a day for personal prayer, reflection and fasting, for ourselves and for our nation,” Bachmann said in a statement.

“At this time of national mourning, as we search for comfort in the aftermath of this loss of innocent life, we would be wise to consider afresh 2 Chronicles 7:14: ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,’” she said.

And I’m sure this one will work much better than innumerable previous such days, right? Like last year’s “40 Days to save America,” created by Rick Scarborough (who does this sort of thing every couple years) and promoted like mad by the Worldnutdaily. And then there was If My People 2012, which happened at almost exactly the same time, also for 40 days. And America for Jesus 2012, which only lasted two days. And Cry Out America, which took place on Sept. 11th last year. And The Awakening 2013, which happened this weekend. And don’t forget Rick Perry’s The Call event in Houston. And his multiple declarations of days of prayer and fasting to end the drought (after which it actually got far worse). And The Call Detroit last year. And the National Day of Prayer that takes place every year. And The Response USA, which happened several times in several cities last year.

One really must wonder why, if this works so well, all those previous ones didn’t work. God apparently didn’t listen every other time the same people have done this, so why is it going to work this time? Is God going to pay special attention that particular day? We’re up to our eyebrows with days of prayer and fasting, for crying out loud. When are they going to start actually doing something? I have a theory: I think the organizers are just doing it to gain followers and money.

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  • slc1

    I have a theory: I think the organizers are just doing it to gain followers and money

    Ah, Brayton the cynic!

  • davidct

    When one has such a self important imaginary friend, who is in need of constant worship, no amount of praying is enough. If believers would opt for constant fasting we would soon be rid of them.

  • Doug Little

    personal prayer, reflection and fasting

    Why do they hate small businesses, and the food industry. This strikes me as something only liberals, socialists and commies would do, just like that rebel rouser Gandhi.

  • Mr Ed

    One really must wonder why, if this works so well, all those previous ones didn’t work.

    How do you know they didn’t work? Just imagine how much worse things would be without all that prayer.

  • blf

    One really must wonder why, if this works so well, all those previous ones didn’t work.

    You have to really, really, Really annoy Teh Great Sky Faeries before getting a result. This is why an individual prayer / sacrifice / war / et al hardly ever achieves anything — It simply doesn’t annoy Teh Great Sky Faeries enough

    When Teh Great Sky Faeries finally are annoyed enough to actually do something, they tend to burn bushes, Flud the planet, make statues weep, or burn the toast in an unusual pattern.

  • http://dododreams.blogspot.com/ John Pieret

    God apparently didn’t listen every other time the same people have done this, so why is it going to work this time?

    Hope springs eternal in the human breast;

    Man never Is, but always To be blest.

    I have a theory: I think the organizers are just doing it to gain followers and money.

    Oh, no … surely these are men people of God!

    Forget it, I can’t say that with a straight face.

  • stever

    The Christian answer to that sort of criticism is surprisingly rational:

    God answers every prayer, but the answer is almost always “No.”

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    davidct kind of beat to it, but I was hoping maybe Bachmann will think she’s supposed to fast UNTIL Sept. 11.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sorry. It’s my fault. I had a cold (“Pease Lorb, bwess dis counpry and ids cibizens…”). I’ll try to pray more clearly this time.

  • jnorris

    They do it every fucking Sunday. does God have a problem hearing prayers or something?

  • http://inmyunbelief.wordpress.com TCC

    I seriously crack up every time I see that 2 Chronicles quote used in conjunction with politics, as it’s a pretty serious proof-text. The quote in context (7:13-16):

    13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

    “Heal their land” doesn’t mean “put their government/country in order”; it literally refers to the physical land after a drought or pestilence. And if any Christian wants to suggest that this route is a fruitful one, they should talk to Rick Perry about how effective his prayers were at healing his land from drought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468751142 Kevin

    TCC: Of course, the passage was meant to be taken metaphorically. /snark

    Everyone knows you can make the bible say “I’m a little teapot” by wanking back and forth between literal and metaphorical interpretations.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Not only that, TCC, but Texas’ drought is expected to cover more of the state this year.

    I think Bible-monster has given Perry a big “fuck you.”

  • busterggi

    Over a billion Christians pray every day.

    Horrible tragedies occur everyday.

    If correllation proved causation…

  • D. C. Sessions

    does God have a problem hearing prayers or something?

    Well, my hearing isn’t what it was after only 60-some years. Just imagine what yours would be like after 14 point something billion (or even 6000) with all those people yammering at you day in and day out!