WV Mayor Thinks Prayer is a Public Policy

25 years ago I took my debate team to a tournament in Huntington, West Virginia. It was a bit of a culture warp, to say the least. I’m reminded of that yet again when reading that the mayor of that city thinks prayer is an adequate public policy. He put out a video encouraging churches to pray to solve their problems.

Huntington, West Virginia Mayor Steve Williams thinks he has a solution to the scourge of drugs and crime in his community.

In a video posted online, Williams makes a plea to local ministers for “all the churches within the tri-state” to pray on September 7 for healing of those experiencing substance abuse, for the protection of law enforcement officers, and even for drug dealers…

Williams, a Democrat, tells local news channel WSAZ that the video “isn’t meant to be political” and that “he hasn’t even shared it on his own Facebook page.”

In the “not political” video, the mayor adds, “I’ve come to understand and experience how powerful prayer can be personally in my life, and certainly what I’ve observed within my administration and how we’re going about doing business. Prayer is so powerful I cannot imagine the power that would be unleashed if every church on September 7 at 11:05 a.m. … would take a moment to pray.”

Oh yes, the power that would be unleashed. You know what will happen? The same thing that happens every other time people pray: Nothing.

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  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Wait… Sunday September 7, around 11 am… Isn’t that the time that all the churches already take a moment to pray? He should have totally been able to imagine what would happen, as it happens every Sunday.

  • http://Www.metalmischief.com YOB – Ye Olde Blacksmith

    It only works if you are using the Power of Greyskull. Duh.

  • UnknownEric the Apostate

    But then the “bad guys” will all go and chant “Scary Mary” into mirrors 3 times at the same time, and all hell will break loose again.

  • John Pieret

    I don’t particularly care if he sends out a request to the local Wiccan covens to ask Hern the Hunter to help drug abusers, dealers and cops, as long as he doesn’t think that’s all he has to do. Do his job and use the power of government to help in improve the lives of the citizens in his city and he can contemplate his navel and encourage others to do so to his heart’s content.

  • greg1466

    Talk about a lack of imagination. I can imagine exactly how much power was unleashed.

  • dukeofomnium

    Since nothing fails like prayer, I suspect that that they have just as big a problem with drugs etc. now as they did on September 6.

  • moarscienceplz

    So God is deaf? He can only hear a prayer if many people are saying it in unison?

    Mayor Williams should check with Rick Perry how that statewide prayer to end the drought went.

  • kantalope

    Are you kidding me? Calling for prayer is the least he could do. Literally.

  • justgilmore

    I was going to email this you Ed when I saw it pop up in the papers. The mayor is actually a Democrat and pretty supportive of the LGBT community, he supported adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the cities human rights ordinance in December 2013. This is West Virginia and it is still a Democratic state despite what national newspapers say, and this is just one more weird inconsistency.