Thoughts and Prayers: Pandering to gullible rubes, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday a statewide Day of Prayer for those affected by flooding and disaster conditions in the state.
Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports:
Gov. Kristi Noem has declared Sunday as a statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by flooding and disaster conditions.
South Dakota has been impacted by extreme weather and flooding in the last few weeks and as a result, many communities have been left with destroyed roads, bridges and culverts, stranded livestock and flooded homes, Noem said in a statement.
In a statement Governor Noem said:
Let’s be honest, Governor Noem’s declaration of a statewide day of prayer is nothing but pomp and circumstance meant to impress and placate gullible rubes.
In the last few weeks, South Dakota has been deeply impacted by extreme weather and severe flooding. As a result of these storms, many communities have been left with destroyed roads, bridges, and culverts, stranded livestock, and flooded homes.
This coming Sunday, I am asking South Dakotans to join me in praying for the well-being of our state, our first responders, and all those who’ve been affected by this disaster. By the grace of God, our communities will emerge from this challenge stronger than ever.
Prayers are nothing but spiritual masturbation: they might make the person doing the praying feel a little better, but prayers do nothing to effect change in the real world.
Indeed, the uncomfortable truth that many cannot accept is that God does not exist, and that prayers are ultimately futile gestures – empty expressions of existential desperation and metaphysical confusion.
Prayers will do nothing to help the victims affected by the flooding and disaster conditions in South Dakota; they only promote ignorant, futile, and at times dangerous religious superstitions.
Bottom line: Pandering to gullible rubes, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday a statewide Day of Prayer.