Oklahoma governor Marry Fallin declared October 13th a day of prayer for the oil industry. According to the Republican, the state’s economy is very much connected to oil fields because it “trickles down to everyone.”
“We’re asking churches all over Oklahoma to open their doors, put on a pot of coffee and pray for the oil field, and not only for the oil field but the state, because the economy of our state is so connected to the oil field,” Fallin said.
Oklahoma ranks fifth among states in oil and third in gas production, and a good deal of household earnings come directly from the oil and gas industry. However, recently several of state’s energy companies filed for bankruptcy, and the economy has been in decline.
So the governor called for mass prayer and divine intervention.
Some, however, took issue with “Oilfield Prayer Day” — not because of the governor’s prayer advocacy, but because her invitation targeted Christians only. Ginnie Graham, a columnists at Tulsa World, local newspaper, wrote that the Fallin’s proclamation wrongly ignored all other religions.
“So I guess the thankful prayers from Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics and all other faiths and belief systems aren’t welcome? Somehow, these other faiths are not worthy of seeking God’s guidance?” she wrote.
To straighten things out, the governor issued a statement on Monday that her proclamation will be amended and will include all faiths.
“There was some question about whether it was one particular faith or another, so we just amended it to say all faiths,” Fallin said.
But some still remain skeptical that the prayer day will boost jobs and return proper funding to schools.
Interesting use of gov. power. Could it be job losses are sign from God to move on to alternative energy sources? https://t.co/FkwFya9QLs
— Matt Lammers (@ARbestsoc) October 10, 2016
— Duron Lee Wise II (@DuragAllDay) October 10, 2016