Sunshine Brings Alabamians to Their Knees

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In a state where crops and citizens are in dire need of heavy rainfall, what was Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to do? Turn to the Big Man himself, it seems.

Much to the chagrin of some Alabamians, including members of University of Alabama's Crimson White editorial board, Riley refers to God in a proclamation he recently signed, calling for everyone in the Yellowhammer State to pray for a statewide rain shower. Those who didn't take off to their churches or get down on their knees right away are calling for a 100 percent chance of political gimmick with low levels of religious sincerity. While rain did indeed fall (Believers: 1; Skeptics: 0), the student newspaper's board contends, "At some point, rain had to start falling from the sky again." —Jackie Mantey