Prayer, the Breakfast of Champions (or, Get off Steve’s back)

So Governor Beshear’s going to his annual prayer breakfast next week, just as Kentucky Governors have done for decades, and some people are upset:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined The Freedom from Religion Foundation on Monday in describing the prayer breakfast an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. Both groups asked Kentucky’s chief executive to call off the event set for March 6.

Beshear said the prayer breakfast is a long-held Kentucky tradition that he has no intention of canceling. Beshear said in a statement that Kentucky’s prayer breakfast, in its 47th year, is similar to those held in most other states.

“This ecumenical program, which is sponsored by private organizations, provides an opportunity for reflection and thanksgiving in our otherwise hectic lives,” he said.

Here’s the official invitation from Gov. Steve Beshear on the official website of the Governor:

Dear Friends:

Jane and I would like to this opportunity and invite you to the 47th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. For almost 50 years, Kentuckians have come together in prayerful humility and reflection to ask G-d’s wisdom in guiding the future of our Commonwealth and 2012 is no different.

This year’s Governor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Frankfort Convention Center. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The theme for the breakfast this year is “A Humble Resilience”. I chose this theme in honor of our people, who have endured natural disasters, a global economic recession, a crippling prescription drug epidemic, and so many other troubles with a prayerful and humble resilience that should inspire those of us entrusted with leading our Commonwealth to come together and work beyond party lines and electoral season politics to, with G-d’s guidance, build a stronger future for all Kentuckians.

I hope your schedule will allow you time to attend this year’s prayer breakfast. Jane and I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Steve Beshear

This all seems silly.

Of the number of issues we face as a commonwealth, the Governor going to an annual prayer breakfast is right about at the bottom.

I would encourage the Americans United for Separation of Church and The Freedom from Religion Foundation channel the breakfast’s theme and find in themselves some humble resiliency.

Frankly speaking, G-d probably could care less about the Governor eating breakfast and using public prayer as a political tool.

G-d is probably more aghast at the state’s Department of Homeland Security declares a primary “dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth.” That’s just stupid and people were right to sue over it.

And, Jesus Christ, let’s not even get started on the 600 year old man literally building a giant boat and collecting all the animals in the entire world, to include dinosaurs, in just seven real-life 24 hour days and then 4,000 some odd years later getting tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks from the Governor of Kentucky.

Those are egregious examples of the state crossing the line into evangelical action.

The Governor going to eat brekfast and abuse the power (and point) of prayer for political purposes is pretty much a non-issue and people should focus their time and energy (and money) on more important divine transgressions.

Also… this is again a good moment to give Governor Beshear credit for standing up to the religious take over of the public health institution in Louisville. G-d bless you.

Oh, and here’s Governor Beshear after the 2010 prayer breakfast telling us what happened over bowls of Wheaties in case you are really taking Steve’s 2012 invite seriously:

And maybe you should take it seriously. You never know when G-d might touch your life and while you might be afraid to get so touched you stand up in the middle of the event and start screaming in tongues… that’s just how G-d works sometimes and you shouldn’t fight Him.

(Don’t do that.)

2 comments for “Prayer, the Breakfast of Champions (or, Get off Steve’s back)

  1. Fox
    February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  2. Bonnevillerider
    March 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I think you are missing the point here.

    Kings have long claimed a divine right to rule.

    Even though the Supremes upended his plot — with David Williams’ unwitting assistance — to suspend democracy in the Bluegrass, it is obvious that Steve sees this as only a temporary setback.

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