Franklin Graham to the Clueless Liberal Media: 'Rain Is a Blessing'
On Wednesday, The Washington Post mocked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture, because he had prayed for rain during a drought. On Friday, just as Trump started his inaugural address, it started raining in Washington, D.C.
In one glorious moment of vindication and truth, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, praised God, denounced the liberal media, and welcomed Trump's presidency by declaring, "In the Bible, rain is a sign of God's blessing."
Were you listening, Washington Post? Oh, it seems you were, because you changed the headline. Don't worry, Walter Olson immortalized it on Twitter.
You know what else is fascinating? The Washington Post once denounced the atheists who complained about Obama's agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, doing the same thing -- praying for rain. In 2012, the Post called the atheists "petty, small-minded." Would the paper say the same thing about ... itself, five years later?
Why are these attacks "petty, small-minded"? Because most religions have a prayer for rain. Here's a Jewish version, for example. And an Anglican prayer. Here's a Roman Catholic one. And a Lutheran one. (And, as Newsweek pointed out, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Trump's pick for secretary of energy, also prayed for rain in 2010.)
Furthermore, Franklin Graham is right — rain is a sign of God's blessing in the Bible.