Now I'm used to hearing attacks on Sec of Ag (and former IA Gov) Tom Vilsack (D), but very rarely do I feel the need to defend him. Today just happens to be one of those rare occassions.
Today Sec Vilsack is being criticized by Tom Flynn, the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism (yes, that's an actual title) for his prayers of seeing an end to the devastating draught Midwest farmers are currently struggling through.
(Sheesh, can we try a little harder to be offended next time?)
He then continued...
“It sends the wrong message to distraught farmers when the Agriculture Secretary suggests that the best response is to pray,” said Flynn. “For a Cabinet official to recommend prayer as a solution or call attention to his own devotions may violate the Constitution’s prohibition against establishment of religion. Most important, though, is that prayer doesn’t work. But if you want to test the power of prayer yourself, consider this. Apparently Secretary Vilsack’s been praying for rain every day; how’s that working out?”
Well Mr Flynn, I don't believe Vilsack ever once pushed prayer as the "solution", nor did I see the Council for Secular Humanism put forth their own "solution" to a midwestern drought. Did Tom Flynn really want a solution, or merely an opportunity to go off on a hateful, anti-faith rant?
Like many Midwesterens, Vilsack was merely expressing his faith (is that still legal?) in a time where people are struggling with their crops and finances. It won't just be farmers affected by this. It will also affect normal Americans and even dimwits like Tom Flynn (executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism) who will be seeing a drastic increase in their grocery bills, now and into the future.
Many Americans will be praying just to make it through these tough times Tom Flynn, so try not to wallow in the disdain you have in them doing so.