16 Dec

July 18th Rev. Anthony Harper, Ph.D., publisher of the Boise Treasure Valley Christian News d.b.a. InterMountain Christian News, was sitting 3rd row above the middle, in the White House briefing room. Harper was called upon by Pres. Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney to ask a question of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.. Harper asked Vilsack about his comment on Prayer and doing a ‘Rain Dance.’ Harper asked, “Governor

Perry last year ( had this National Day of Prayer and

Fasting, and he was encouraging people to pray and fast in these national

disasters. Do you have any figures on that?”, Harper asked hoping the nation’s leaders might want to consider seriously the nation’s faith life in light of the natural disasters, drought, record heat, economic failings and violence, such as the Colorado theater rampage, that have dominated the news cycle in recent days, not dismiss it flippantly. Vilsack answered, “Well, I can only speak for myself. I get on my knees every day and I’m saying an extra prayer now. If I had a rain prayer or rain dance I could do, I would do it. But honestly, right now the focus needs to be on working with Congress – they have the capacity to help these producers by creating greater flexibility to programs, providing us some direction in terms of whatever disaster assistance can be provided. Those are the kinds of things we’re focused on.” Some published reports implied Obama was present. No. Not at all.

Harper believed Americans wanted the answer to that question or to the question he hoped to ask, “Secretary Vilsack, Gov. Perry of Texas and others involved with the National Day of Prayer and Fasting held last year in Texas referenced the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 as foundational to understanding why our nation is experiencing many disasters and that our nation is under God’s judgment for violating His Law. Would you agree with Gov. Perry and others that our nation needs to have a national dedicated time of ongoing repentance and prayer and would you say that our rights of life and liberty come from Jesus or men?” The Council for Secular Humanism blasted Vilsack for saying he was praying for rain. Interestingly, enough the country was swept with severe storms and rains days after. ]


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