News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007


Riley call for prayer not First Amendment violation

To The Daily: In response to Philip Conley (Letters July 23), I have to wonder what he is talking about. Mr. Conley claims “Gov. Bob Riley’s recent proclamation ... seems to imply that all Alabamians pray, and further that all believe in the appropriateness of intercessory prayer.”

Well, can Mr. Conley name one thing everyone in the state can agree upon? If not, why did he fail to write in about all the other proclamations Gov. Riley issued or implied? Why did he decide to single out this one, and none of the others?

Second, Gov. Riley didn’t ask Mr. Conley to agree with him, and he certainly didn’t “instruct” him or anyone else to pray. Did someone come to his house and make him pray? No. Did he get fined for not praying? No. Gov. Riley simply said, “I encourage all Alabamians to pray.”

I am also curious as to why Mr. Conley said: “Such a statement by a governor implies that the state of Alabama endorses a particular form of worship.” What form of worship did the state endorse? Islam? Judaism? Buddhism? Christendom? All of them? The answer is none of them. That’s why Mr. Conley’s statement “this practice is absolutely prohibited by the First Amendment” is completely false, and nothing more than a frivolous lie.

John Mize

Many acts can prompt rain

To The Daily: After reading Scott Morris’ July 22 column, I feel I owe Evie an explanation and an apology. This should take some of the heat off of the churches and her Aunt Laney.

You see Evie, when it didn’t rain for so long I organized a campaign of my own. I planned a motorcycle road trip, had my son leave his car windows down and asked my wife to hang some clothes on the line.

The point is, I’m just as responsible for the rain as those who prayed.

Sorry about that.

Connie Mack Thomason

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