Where’s Tony Joe White When You Need Him?

3 12 2007

Tony Joe White

By Derek Beres

A rainy night in Georgia, such a rainy night in Georgia/Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world – Tony Joe White

There’s hardly a passing day that I don’t notice a rather disturbing act. It’s so seemingly mundane, such an everyday habit, that it barely warrants attention. Yet the consequences, as we will see, can be drastic. As a yoga instructor I spend much of my time in gyms, and by extension, locker rooms. It is there that I witness, day in and day out, men leaving the water on the entire time that they shave.

Groundbreaking material.

This morning, mere moments after I witnessed this simplistic exercise in facial décor, I caught site of a news story about demonstrations against Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, who is taking part in a prayer ceremony asking help for his state. Severe droughts have left the area parched. Helicopter images showed river docks with their normally underwater stilts fully exposed, as well as boats sitting on rocky and muddy soil. The newscaster segued between the sincerity of the prayers and mounting protests by local religious freedom (and freedom from religion) organizations.

In the governor’s defense, the prayer service was not an exclusively Baptist, or even Christian, affair. Perdue invited Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders to take part. Because of this openness, his camp says that there is nothing wrong with bringing a group of people together to pray. The protestors gathered because they believe Perdue’s action defies the separation of church and state. Perdue’s intentions are certainly clear, if we lend an ear to his spokeswoman: “The governor recognizes that the request has got to be made to a higher power.”

Read the full column on Reality Sandwich.

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