Oklahoma is one of many states that rely on the oil industry to support their economy. The continuing downturn prompted Governor Mary Fallin to announce last month that October 13 would now be known as “Oilfield Prayer Day.”
In her proclamation, Fallin called upon Christians to thank God and look to him for wisdom. The proclamation has faced some backlash as many find that the proclamation did not reach out to all faiths.
The proclamation states how fortunate and blessed Oklahomans are to have such a valuable, bountiful resource located within their borders. It goes on to say, “Whereas, Christians are invited to thank God for the blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry and to seek His wisdom and ask for protection,” a phrase that upset certain individuals who believed it should be a call to all faiths.
Fallin has since revised the statement, which now reads “Whereas, people of all faiths are invited to thank God for the blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry and to seek His wisdom and ask for protection.”
The proclamation comes at a time when many oil companies continue to struggle with the fallen oil price. Despite the state’s efforts to incentivize production, including a tax break for oil companies, the state economy is still in a state of disarray. Praying seems to be the governor’s last hope to stimulate the energy industry.