Americans pray at the pump for cheaper petrol
14.08.08 by Buffalo Bill
At a Shell petrol station in Washington, Rocky Twyman and an unusual group of activists were mad as hell about soaring fuel prices.
“Last week, this station was $US3.51 . Now it’s practically $US3.60. So it’s gone up nine cents in one week,” Twyman said as he pumped five dollars worth of petrol into his thirsty American car.
“Someone’s making a lot of money and it’s really, really wrong,” added Twyman, who founded the Prayer at the Pump movement to seek help from a higher power to bring down fuel prices, because the powers in Washington haven’t.
The half-dozen activists – Twyman, a former Miss Washington DC, the owner of a small construction company and two volunteers at a local soup kitchen – joined hands, bowed their heads and intoned a heartfelt prayer.
“Lord, come down in a mighty way and strengthen us so that we can bring down these high gas prices,” Twyman said to a chorus of “amens”.
“Prayer is the answer to every problem in life. We call on God to intervene in the lives of the selfish, greedy people who are keeping these prices high,” Twyman said on the forecourt of the petrol station in a neighbourhood of Washington that, like many of its residents, has seen better days.
“Lord, the prices at this pump have gone up since last week. We know that you are able, that you have all the power in the world,” he prayed, before former beauty queen Rashida Jolley led the group in a modified version of the spiritual, We Shall Overcome.
“We’ll have lower gas prices, we’ll have lower gas prices,” they sang.
Pretty astonishing stuff, but I guess if you believe that there is an all-powerful supra-human being who is capable of raising the dead, then why should that being not be able to intervene to lower the price of oil? Perhaps s/he could sort me out with some NOS Cinelli 64-40s too.