Jindal, Haley to Lead Yet Another Prayer Rally

Christian right folks just love their prayer rallies, especially when they’re running for office. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing his second one of the campaign season, joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for six hours of prayer and fasting because we’re apparently a “nation in crisis.”

A Christian group called American Renewal Project will host a major prayer meeting this Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum to “pray and fast for America.” The six-hour event, which is being billed as “The Response SC,” will feature South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as two of the day’s speakers.

A press release for the event states that the biblical response to a nation in crisis is “to gather in humility and repentance and ask God to intervene.” It describes the meeting as “a historic gathering of people from across the nation to pray and fast for America” that hopes to draw some 10,000 people to “worship God, seek repentance and pray for reconciliation, reformation and revival.”

The encounter, which will be live-streamed by Breitbart News, is being billed as an inter-faith meeting to pray “for those in need, for life, for strong families and just laws.”

Yeah, it’s an “inter-faith meeting.” It’s a lot like the honky tonk bar in the Blues Brothers — we got both kinds, Baptists and Pentecostals. One really has to wonder, though, why all the previous prayer rallies haven’t done anything to fix the “nation in crisis.” I mean, there are several of these things a year, organized by political candidates, non-profit groups, churches and other entities. Millions of people participate. Why hasn’t God answered all those other prayers? Is there some magic number of people that has to be hit before he’ll do anything? Are they not using precisely the right words? The Bible says that if a mere two people ask for something in Jesus’ name, it will be done. They’ve got millions of people praying and nothing has changed at all.

It’s almost like all this prayer stuff is bullshit being exploited for political gain, or something. Nah, can’t be.

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  • John Pieret

    all this prayer stuff is bullshit being exploited for political gain, or something

    Don’t forget the collection plate something!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    To be fair, the United States is a nation in crisis. Private prisons, the prison rate it self, African Americans being routinely killed by the police – the list just goes on and on.

    What? That’s not what they’re referring to? Oh! It’s the people speaking out against those things? It’s the people wanting equality under the law that’s causing the crisis?

    Never mind…

  • felicis

    Wait – they’re fasting for *six hours*? The time between lunch and a late dinner? I’m sure that will impress their god!

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

    which will be live-streamed…

    10:15 No effect.

    10:29 Still nothing.

    11:30 Nope.

     

    Breitbart News

    Much like a Creationist History Museum, none of those words get along.

     

    One really has to wonder, though, why all the previous prayer rallies haven’t done anything to fix the “nation in crisis.”

    Haven’t they? Imagine how bad things would be if they hadn’t held those prayer rallies!

  • whheydt

    The problem is that they’re not praying in Aramaic.

  • cptdoom

    Yeah, it’s an “inter-faith meeting.” It’s a lot like the honky tonk bar in the Blues Brothers — we got both kinds, Baptists and Pentecostals.

    Jindal is Catholic, that’s what makes it “inter-faith.”

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” — Matthew 18:19

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Saturday is the 4th day of Ramadan. Surely these devout Christians could do at least as well as their Muslim brethren and fast between sunup and sundown, which would have them fasting for over 14 hours that day. Surely God would take notice of this.

    Wait, did I say “brethren”?

  • busterggi

    Jesus is as deaf to prayers as his dad is blind when targeting natural disasters to sinners.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The sad part is that 95% of the people who attend that prayerfest will sincerely think that something miraculous happened.

  • roggg

    I’m not sure which crisis your nation is in. GDP has climbed steadily since 2009, as has the employment rate. Crime rates have been dropping steadily since the mid ’90s. Americans with health insurance has taken a huge bump in the right direction. The only measure in crisis seems to be the widening wealth gap. That must be it! I agree with Jindal and Haley. If there is a God with any power to fix the American crisis, then (s)he should solve the wealth inequality crisis facing America!

  • Kevin Kehres

    @11 roggg

    The “crisis” of a black man in the White House who isn’t a butler, of course.

    Jindhal can’t come out and say that, naturally, because his skin tone is slightly more tan than the folks who voted for him. But that’s the “crisis”.

  • blf

    Also, that icky uppity furrin moolsin usurper in the White House isn’t a thug and probably isn’t in the pay of Faux & Kochroach Bros.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    A six hour fast? I can do that in my sleep.

  • jnorris

    felicis and sigurd jorsalfar: The fasting probably will be from lunch to supper, but remember, they aren’t getting afternoon cookies and milk.

  • dingojack

    jnorris — “The fasting probably will be from lunch to supper, but remember, they aren’t getting afternoon cookies and milk.”

    I predict some ruckus. (Mental) toddlers get grumpy when their blood sugar gets low!

    Dingo

  • Die Anyway

    I guess you wouldn’t want to bid very much for the food concession at that event.

    And, prayer does work! They prayed for rain in Texas a year or two ago and sure enough they got some rain over the last 3 or 4 weeks. Too much rain maybe but God works in mysterious ways.

  • dingojack

    I guess god wasn’t too happy about the prospect of listening to a whole bunch of ‘religious’ hypocrites’ prayers!

    Dingo

    ———

    OBTW – don’t expect cops to shoot the ‘perp’ eight times in the back in ‘self-defence’, nor the media call it ‘terrorism’ or ‘a hate-crime’, no-sirree bob — the shooter’s white! @@

  • http://www.quarkscrew.com Brian Murtagh

    The thing was supposed to feature “over 10,000” people praying it up. In the event they got about 500.

    The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry had a “Response to the Response” in which we worked in our local food bank and also built a wheelchair ramp for an elderly lady in the area, enabling her to stay in her home. Working hands beat hands folded in prayer any day.

  • oldskoolnyc

    “being billed as an inter-faith meeting “. I wonder if the religion of Jindal’s and Haley’s parents will be invited? Highly doubtful!

  • whheydt

    Tangentially related to religious topics (bear with me for a minute) is the latest Supreme Court decision. The one regarding license plate designs in Texas. Since SCOTUS says that images and slogans on plates are state speech, it seems to me that that means that religious slogans and symbols on plates would violate separation of church and state, and–therefore–getting such plates barred ought to be pretty easy.

    I have yet to see a major media site story that makes that point about the ruling.

  • mithrandir

    They just need to pray louder! I mean, He is God, right? Perhaps He is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe He is sleeping and must be awakened.