Things have gotten so dire for the budget of schools that churches are now praying for them. I only see one time to prayer, when things have gotten so bad that you can’t turn to anybody else. Really? It’s gotten that bad that we have to rely on a higher being? Welcome to the new world.
At roughly 60 city churches and other houses of worship this weekend, congregations will pray for Mayor Bloomberg to reverse “immoral” cuts to schools, a group of religious leaders told the Daily News.
After protests and marches failed to sway the mayor, the religious leaders say they are taking their cause to a Higher Power.
“Because we are religious leaders, we’re going to pray the Lord will touch the heart of the mayor and the City Council,” said Bishop Orlando Findlayter, chairman of Churches United to Save and Heal and pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Brooklyn. “Any cut to education will be detrimental.”
The ministers and other religious leaders are also sending a letter to the mayor asking him to rethink his position on the so-called millionaire’s tax as well.
“My congregation and my prayer ministry will be praying for the mayor,” said Pastor Kevin Osbourne of Refuge Church of God in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Because of the budget crunch, the mayor has said the city must cut 6,100 teachers from the payroll, laying off 4,100.
Mayoral spokesman Marc LaVorgna noted the city’s contribution to education has increased by $2 billion this year.
“The letter accurately notes the root of the problem is the unprecedented cuts to education funding from the state,” he said.
Taken from the Daily News By RACHEL MONAHAN