Americans Turn to Prayer at the Pump

bu_gasprayer26_047_p.jpgAs this country goes bonkers over $4-per-gallon gasoline, it would seem a good time for a sober discussion about our near-total dependence on one unsustainable mode of transport. But as modern Americans, we generally prefer whining to introspection. And when whining doesn’t work, well, there’s always prayer.

Enter Rocky Twyman, a choir director and PR guy who, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, has tapped into the national zeitgeist by arranging "pray-ins" at gas stations from DC to California.

"God is the only one we can turn
to at this point," said Twyman, 59. "Our leaders don’t seem to be able
to do anything about it. The prices keep soaring and soaring."

To solve the problem, Twyman
isn’t begging the Lord for any specific act of intervention. He is not
asking God to make OPEC pump more oil. Nor is he praying for all the
speculative investors to be purged from the New York Mercantile
Exchange, where crude oil is traded.

Instead, he says anyone who wants to follow his example should keep it simple.

"God, deliver us from these high gas prices," Twyman said. "That’s all they have to say."

It’s just that simple, folks.

At least Twyman is also encouraging people to alter their driving habits by carpooling and, yes, even walking. This is more than can be said for most of our current crop of pandering pols. Cue Madame Speaker:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, on Thursday asked President Bush to stop filling the strategic oil reserve. And on Friday, she called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the oil market is being manipulated.

And can we get an "Amen" from the Clinton chorus?

God help us all.

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

  • I think God wants us to drive less, and because he is “no respector of persons” – probably is in favor of higher gas prices. It’s about time we start paying what other people pay.

  • Amen! Auto-dependency is destroying His creation. The creator as a master plan…

  • Eliot

    Every time I hear Obama come out in support traffic infrastructure and Clinton arguing for consumer ‘relief’ makes me donate more to Obama. We all have issues we care about, and seeing Clinton and McCain acting so spineless, arguing for gas holidays with no concern for how it’ll actually affect the highway fund and mass transit account (for which these taxes are earmarked), always gets me reaching for my wallet.

  • We need a pair of large card-board cut out Chinese and Indian middle class men and a loudspeaker. Then we can show up at this pray-in and announce “I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!” from behind the cut outs.

    Then I will try and sell bakfiets and rickshaws to the people in attendance under a big banner that say “Join ‘Em”.

  • On DW (German) TV news, a German reporter was in Texas and asked an SUV driver what she thought about gas-guzzling and international politics. She said “I don’t have to worry, I am born again.” The poor reporter was shocked speechless. People from other countries need to be introduced gradually here.

  • Scotty

    The arrogance of the lady in her huge SUV in Texas shows again how the religious crackpots can justify everything based on their beliefs. And add to that she lives in Texas, home of our great President.

    The money being wasted on that stupid war could build a subway or light rail line in every major city. Third world countries have high speed rail, and we have Amtrak that Bush would just soon shoot. The service is so bad, it is not a bad idea.

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