Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation telling Iowans not only to only pray but to humble themselves in repentance to this supposed deity. What next religious superstition will Iowa elected officials state next? Sen. Grassley telling us to stick pins into dolls?
Rep. King stating to grab a chicken by its' shoulder blades to transfer supposed sins into it? If these sound weird, it is because most people aren't used to them. To atheists like me, all religious superstitions and rituals are strange, but people have a right to practice them.. But when the government is telling me to pray and to repent to a god, I must speak up.
Does Gov. Branstad somehow think Iowa will have less poverty, disease or ills if we pray to this being in the sky? If I wanted prayer, I would go to a church. I would not want an official telling me or others not to pray and I don't need one telling me to do so.
Religion that requires the aid and help of government, is religion that is failing in the marketplace of ideas. Government never has, and never should be, an arm or aid to religious institutions.