We never thought we'd say this, but we miss the oft-quotable former Gov. Jesse Ventura. In 1999, Ventura refused to sign a proclamation recognizing a state Prayer Day, a national event adopted by Congress in 1952. "I believe in the separation of church and state," Ventura told the Associated Press six years ago. "We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don't believe at all. ...They are all citizens of Minnesota, and I have to respect that."
But with Gov. Tim Pawlenty in office, National Day of Prayer is born again in Minnesota. Pawlenty, Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, and Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer will speak at the Capitol tomorrow afternoon in celebration of the cohabitation of church and state. The National Day of Prayer web site lists those important men and women who are in need of God's grace and, ironically, it offers a laundry list of politicians and throws in the media for good measure. Forget the poor, the tired, the hungry, and soldiers in Iraq, we need to pray that the media is "fair and accurate" in reporting. (Read: supporting our current agenda.) Not only is the government organizing nationwide prayer efforts, but they're lending a helping hand by telling us what to pray for, too! Hallelujah!
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