Louisiana Gov Calls for 3 Days of Fasting, Prayer During Lunch Over COVID
In a press conference on Thursday, Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards called for three days of fasting and praying during lunchtime from July 20 to 22.
“I know it’s a little bit unusual,” Edwards said. “This will be a spiritual diet and exercise that I, as a Catholic Christian, believe is very important anyway.”
He said the prayers are intended for the people of Louisiana, the sick, caretakers and the families of those who have passed on. The idea arose from a telephone conference he had last week with religious leaders from across the state of Louisiana—Edwards said he hosts such a call every three weeks.
Louisiana is in a serious, second spike. Masks are mandatory and über wingnut LA Attorney General Jeff Landry is saying that demanding masks is likely unconstitutional and unenforceable.
“Although the mask mandate and the 50-person limit may be good recommendations for personal safety, they may not be enforced with financial or criminal penalties,” Landry wrote. “Both businesses acting under color of law ask mask police and actual police acting as mask police could face liability if individual civil rights are violated due to the Proclamation.”
…as is ordering prayers, but Imma bet that Landry is OK with that. Landry would probably not be sanguine if Gov. Edwards demanded voodoo rites, but maybe we’re splitting hairs here.
Mask-up, Louisiana. Maintain your distance. Keep yourselves isolated to the extent that you can. Pray to your gods if you got ’em. But remember that Gawd helps those who help themselves (or so I’m told).