I think it's good that they're calling for a group to come together to demand "vigorous action" and are spelling out exactly what they want. But the focus on prayer offsets that demand by taking the onus off the president and congress and resting change on God's willingness to intercede:
"We will be praying that President Obama and all of us find the strength and wisdom to lead our country and world away from the climate cliff."
At the same time, such a self-fulfilling prayer shows, as John Loftus notes in the current issue of "Free Inquiry," an incredible lack of faith. If the "faithful" truly believed in the power of prayer, wouldn't they simply ask God to fix the climate? But they don't pray for such a thing because they know damn well that that prayer's not going to be answered. So they go with this namby-pamby stuff that keeps them sounding nice and pious, but asks nothing of God nor of their faith.
Would be better if they ditched the "Pray-in" title and went with something like "Religious Day of Action." For if/when our representatives take no vigorous action, this could open the door for climate-change deniers to say, "See, God knows there isn't a problem and he gave our leaders the wisdom to see that as well." I may write to this group to express my concerns.
On Dec 17, 2012 3:32 PM, "Marni Tiborsky" <[address removed]> wrote:
Good, bad, a start?
"Out of our moral commitment to protect and heal God’s Creation, our religious communities need to be calling for a set of first-step changes that will sow the seeds of greater change, by committing the President and Congress to vigorous action on climate change. And we should pose those demands in such a way that we are addressing not only our government, but also religious communities throughout the country."