The Georgia governor stated Tuesday morning that the state prayer for rain in November of 2007 "paid off dividends, because Georgia now enjoys a water 'surplus'," despite the torrential flooding that has swept through the area over the weekend.
"The citizens of Georgia are patient, but they now truly believe that faith work pays off," he then added, "This is the sign of a great state, filled with good Christian folk, who now know God as providence."
But not everyone agrees with this sentiment, now that flooding in the northern tier have killed four people, with more missing. Minority leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin) quickly responded with, "It's f*****g flooding! What about people who are now praying for the rain to cease? What about them, huh?"
Reaction from citizens was mixed; some see the rainfall as beneficial, while others consider it a nuisance. As Norcross resident Judith Peters floated by on a makeshift raft, she ignored questions during the interview, choosing to yell "Help!" several times, until her voice couldn't be heard anymore.
Area ministry officials declined to offer comment, yet released a joint statement which said, "Governor Perdue is a fine Christian person, and we believe his Works Through Faith initiative will have stumbling blocks as it becomes more mainstream." One minister, off the record, agreed to tell us, "Remember that he asked for this nearly two years ago. Sometimes it's hard to get the bureaucracy moving."
Tim Jenkins, a self-described skeptic who lives in downtown Atlanta, disagreed: When asked if he thought this proved godly intervention to the drought, he said, "Next time, Perdue, pray for wisdom and restraint."