The Des Moines Register is reporting that Iowans recently held marathon readings of the Bible on the courthouse lawn in 50 counties.
The readings were organized by Ginny Caligiuri, the director of the Iowa Prayer Caucus. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued a proclamation supporting the day of prayer. The proclamation reads, in part:
WHEREAS, all scripture is essential to prepare us to be the people God wants us to be and to accomplish the purpose for which he created us; and
WHEREAS, America being founded upon biblical principles and Judeo-Christian ethics, as taught in the Bible, paid tribute to the Bible for its important influences upon the development of our nation by many of our great national leaders such as presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson…
WHEREAS lawmakers, law enforcement, social scientists, civic and church leaders, are searching for solutions to the critical problems facing our nation, such as the drug crisis, violence, and social injustice, all of which can be found within God's will for mankind
The proclamation also quoted President Ronald Reagan: "Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face."]
Kyle Munson reports:
The faithful simply pitch canopies on courthouse lawns, sit or stand as is their wont, and take turns reading line after line. The intent was to inspire 80 continuous hours of Bible reading at each courthouse square. But some counties launched earlier this week so readers wouldn’t have to stumble drowsily over all those confounding biblical names in the wee hours. Their county supervisors were concerned about overnight security.
In downtown Adel, Brunscheen read from Genesis 1: “There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day —
“Hey, Bruce,” he interjected as Bruce Minger, of Grace Brethren Church in Dallas Center, joined us beneath the canopy. Brunscheen barely missed a beat.
“Then God said, Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures …”
Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation told the Register that Gov. Branstad "lent the prestige and the power of the state to a religious proselytizing event."