Just in case there was still any lingering belief in the separation of church and state in our fine country, our fearless leader has declared a national day of prayer and rememberance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Some choice quotes from the official White House press release: "Across our Nation, so many selfless deeds reflect the promise of the Scripture: 'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.'" (The peculiar capitalization is from the release, not me.) ... "We pray that God will bless the souls of the lost, and that He will comfort their families and friends and all lives touched by this disaster" ... "I ask that the people of the United States and places of worship mark this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with memorial services and other appropriate observances."
I suppose it's only fair that the government ask houses of worship for a favor, since it's been giving them money and otherwise doing their bidding for quite a few years now. Ahem -- memo to Bush: FEMA does not stand for Federal Evangelical Morons Agency. Instead of asking for prayers, how 'bout doing what the government is SUPPOSED to do and throw lots of money, troops, shelter, etc. at the problem in a timely fashion? Americans can pray for the victims (or refrain from doing so) without your urging, thanks. And another thing: get off your dumb ass and ask one of your aides who knows more about the Internets than you or Michael Brown to throw together a national database of evacuees and their loved ones. Seems like the least you could do.