Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts the South Dakota Governor’s Prayer Breakfast Friday at 6:20 a.m. at the Pierre Ramkota. The event takes contributions, and tickets are still $20. The event website (yes, the breakfast is apparently a big enough deal to have its own website) claims to welcome “people of all faiths and professions” (so I suppose a professing atheist like me could attend, if I believed in spending $20 on breakfast), but the event is “centered on Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World.” So let’s be clear: this is our elected officials gathering to say, “Yay, Jesus!” and to urge others to do the same.
Making the breakfast even less inclusive is the featured speaker, attorney and “Victory Coach” (eye roll) Virginia Prodan. She lawyers for the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based fundagelical smokescreen group that pushed the harmful anti-trans potty bill that Governor Daugaard vetoed in 2016. ADF says homosexuals are out to destroy Christianity and civilization. She wants Christian pastors to politicize their pulpits. And she thinks the election of Donald Trump, who threatened at the United Nations to exterminate 25 million North Koreans, represents a change “from a culture of Death into a culture of Life!” Praise Jesus and pass the syrup.
But maybe she can strike a little inclusive note for our pious legislators by reminding them that she’s a refugee:
On November 1988, Virginia was exiled as a political refugee to U.S. of America from communist Romania. In Romania, Virginia’s legal work defending human and religious rights cases was considered a “dissident activity”by the communist regime of N. Ceausescu. Soon after arriving to U.S. of America, in November 1988, Virginia Prodan went back to Law School, received both her Master of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees from Southern Methodist University – S. M. U., Dedman Law School. She graduated in the top of her class in both degrees [Virginia Prodan, professional website, retrieved 2018.01.18].
Boy, we let refugees in, and the next thing you know, they infiltrate our political structure and start lobbying for government to force everyone to follow their religion… and make us pay $20 for breakfast and a book sales pitch.
Update 2018.01.21 14:19 MDT: Prodan also got to speak to middle- and high-school students across the river in Fort Pierre on Friday:
Prodan apparently spent the whole weekend in Pierre; she just posted on her Facebook page that she’s preparing to depart after meeting Kitty Werthmann, a fellow “God soldier for freedom!” Prodan also visited inmates at the women’s prison in Pierre, spoke at a dinner event Friday evening, and spoke at a Saturday afternoon event attended by the mayors of Pierre and Fort Pierre.