Of course, down there, no one will see what an unforgivably blatant endorsement of public religion this is, but that's only the immediate problem. The bad thing is that there is so much more that could be done in very secular terms that simply isn't being done. Coverage by Rachel Maddow and others had underscored the fact that the clean-up efforts in the gulf are at best half-hearted. It would be so much more effective to spend their time getting on BP's case to beef up their response... but instead they are spending their time on questionable strategies (like the sand berm Jindal pushed the president into endorsing, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness), and now, public prayer.
It would be one thing if they had already done everything humanly possible, but they haven't. And their blazee attitude about drilling in the Gulf at all can be traced back to this insane notion that they don't have to worry because God will protect them.
There is an old saying that hasn't been circulating nearly enough these days... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prayer is no cure, and just makes people feel better without doing anything constructive. Once this does finally end, though, how long do you think it will take before Jindal and other Gulf coast governors are back to sounding as deluded as Haley Barbour does now, and echo the chant once more of "Drill, baby, drill"?
why is prayer bad? Because it divorces you from an unpleasant reality that only confronting it directly can possibly improve.