Ga. Governor Prays for Rain
Perdue seeks divine intervention in drought
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 4:25 PM CST
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary pray during a prayer service for rain on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Georgia's governor called a prayer meeting in front of the Capitol today and asked residents of his parched state to "reverently and respectfully pray up a storm." About 250 Georgians joined Sonny Perdue in his unconventional bid for drought relief, reports the Journal-Constititution. A block away, protesters held signs reading "Pray on the Church Steps, not the Capitol Steps."

Perdue said afterward that the drought is a ploy by God to "get our attention" and that Georgians should put more effort into conservation. "Hopefully we will be better conservators of the blessings God's given us as he gives us more (rain)," he said. Georgia and the rest of the Southeast have been in the grip of a drought for months.