Keep Praying Sec'y Vilsack, It's Working
Written By: USJ Staff | Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Last month, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was criticized by some atheists for his comments concerning this summer's drought. During a press conference Vilsack stated,
"I get on my knees every day and I'm saying an extra prayer right now."
Statements like this can lead to trouble, even for an Obama appointed cabinet official. Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism, released this statement.
"It sends the wrong message to distraught farmers when the Agriculture Secretary suggests that the best response is to pray. 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."
Despite anger from secularists and Vilsack's apparently unconstitutional practices, it appears that someone in heaven may be listening to his prayers since then. According to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey,
"Cooler weather and recent rain showers have largely stabilized crop conditions in the Midwest. Rainfall has been heaviest in the eastern Corn Belt, including Michigan and Ohio, although nearly all of the Midwest has received some precipitation."
Rippley continues to say that corn and pasture land will still suffer unless more soaking rainfall occurs. This may be code for Secretary Vilsack and any others to keep praying. It may be working.