Okla.'s 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Gets a Tweak

People of all faiths, not just Christians, now welcome to pray for blessings of the industry
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2016 4:48 PM CDT
Okla.'s 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Gets a Tweak
Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to revise a proclamation inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry" to be more inclusive. Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the proclamation, issued last month, declaring Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" will be revised to invite people of all faith to pray for the industry. Fallin has issued similar proclamations since she took office in 2011, reports the AP, but beginning last year the proclamation was changed to apply only to Christians. The proclamation also indicates that Christians believe oil and natural gas are "created by God."

Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt says the proclamation doesn't exclude anyone and was requested on behalf of a group called the Oilfield Christian Fellowship. A recent study shows Oklahoma ranks fifth among states in oil and third in natural gas production. (Fallin has also fought with the state's Supreme Court over a Ten Commandments monument.)

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