Glenn Beck is known for his unusual pronouncements. Sometimes he does things that seem rational, or at least mimic the behavior of rational individuals. Other times, he’s occupying a spot so far out in right field there’s not a white board long enough to reach him.
For instance, according to the “Deseret News,” Beck recently went on the record saying that Texas Governor-turned-indicted-felon-turned-presidential-hopeful Rick Perry deserves some credit for ending the drought that’s wracked the state for the last few years.
According to Beck, it’s got to do with prayer.
The power of prayer
The drought hammering Texas has been one of the worst droughts in the history of the state, putting a massive strain on water resources as well as increasing the danger presented by wildfires.
When presented with this daunting problem, Perry did what any sensible adult does: In 2011, he declared April 24 to be the beginning of the “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” According to Glenn Beck, this is what caused an ending to the dry spell that’s eventually led to record flooding this year.
While discussing Perry’s bid for presidency last week, Beck noted that Perry was “mocked” for his “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas,” but “he went ahead and did it, and that was the beginning of the end of the drought.” Beck added, “I mean, we started having rain right after that. And this state was a desert.”
Beck used it to launch into the argument that prayer has an important role in public life. However, like all advocates of prayer, Beck has apparently never heard of the — fittingly enough named — Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy and confirmation bias.
Still, despite prayer being little more than a cognitive error — a mistake humans make in processing data — a Gallup poll from 2010 found that 83% of Americans believe God answers prayers.
The impact that Perry had on the drought, however, is beside the point. His prayer, after all, was little more than optics:
Perry’s politics are religious in a way not seen before in modern-day mainstream presidential candidates. “Either faith in Christ can cleanse all people of their sin, or none, but not some,” he writes. “The truth of Christ’s death, resurrection, and power over sin is absolute. . . . What we believe about it does not determine its truthfulness.”
God may not deliver rain, but he is very good at delivering the GOP base to the voting booths.
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