“I truly believe we’re going to see a difference in our city. I personally believe in the power of prayer. I’ve seen it,” said the Governor during a public meeting.
His plan calls for roving prayer groups to visit Kentucky’s most troubled areas at the pace of 10 blocks at a time. Volunteers must do this 2-3 times per week for at least a year and then hope God answers their prayers. The Governor will not necessarily help coordinate these activities, either.
Members of the community are skeptical of the Governor’s plan.
Greg Fischer, the Mayor of Louisville, thinks it would make more sense to focus on things that can help drive crime down like, “volunteering at community centers, safely disposing of prescription drugs and sharing information about the common signs of drug abuse,” instead of praying in dangerously violent areas of Kentucky.
Church leaders called for more worldly answers to violence, like “[addressing the root causes of [violence like] injustice and racism,” said Rev. Clay Calloway.
Rev. Calloway’s verdict on the Governor’s anti-violence plan: “Barf bag”.