Bob RileyHey, it almost rhymes.

The happy, grandfatherly, Reaganoid gent over there is Governor Bob Riley of Alabama. I won’t bother mentioning his party affiliation. Just dig his ‘do and you’ll know.

Alabama has been dealing with a bit of a drought, but Governor Bob knows what to do about that:

With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain, Gov. Bob Riley on Thursday turned to a higher power. The governor issued a proclamation calling for a week of prayer for rain, beginning Saturday.

Riley encouraged Alabamians to pray “individually and in their houses of worship.”

“Throughout our history, Alabamians have turned in prayer to God to humbly ask for his blessings and to hold us steady during times of difficulty,” Riley said. “This drought is without question a time of great difficulty.”

I’ve heard tell that if the prayer doesn’t do the trick, Governor Bob has invited all the state’s virgins to join him on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion the following Saturday to get naked, cover themselves in mud and dance for the pleasure of the Rain God. Goats and oxen will be sacrificed and deep-fried twinkies will be served. Come one come all (virgins)!

Apparently, Barry Lynn of Americans United is none too pleased with the plan. “He shouldn’t do these things that raise the specter of government promoting a particular religion,” Lynn said. “It’s just a bad idea.” But what’s he know? Get him a deep-fried twinkie and then ask him what he thinks.

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The preceding has been a slightly less than serious contribution to the July 2007 edition of Blogs Against Theocracy, with a tip of the hat to Crooks and Liars.

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