Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 11: Election Prayer Focus Maryland

Maryland - The Free State; The Old Line State

Motto: Manly Deeds, Womanly Words

Residents: Marylander

Capital City: Annapolis

Largest City: Baltimore


Governor Martin O'Malley (D)

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D)

Senator Ben Cardin (D)

1. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R)
2. C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D)
3. John Sarbanes (D)
4. [Vacant]
5. Steny H. Hoyer (D)
6. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R)
7. Elijah E. Cummings (D)
8. Chris Van Hollen (D)

Prayer Points

*Declare that revival comes to Maryland.

*Declare that signs and wonders follow the preaching of the Word in Maryland.

*Declare that Christians will get out and vote in Maryland.

*Declare that the leaders walk in wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

*Declare divine protection over Maryland.

*Declare divine protection over the Maryland National guard and military personnel.

*Declare protection over the ports and military bases in Maryland.

*Declare that legislation in Maryland is in accordance with the Word of God.

*Declare an accurate accounting of the vote in Maryland.

*Declare that Christian media expands in Maryland.

*Declare that the economy in Maryland is prosperous.

Maryland Facts

The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.

The highest median household income of any state at $68,808 in 2007.

The state poverty rate of 7.8% is the lowest in the nation.

A life sciences hub with over 350 biotechnology firms.

White collar workers comprise 25% of the workforce, the highest percentage in the nation.

"America in Miniature" because of its diverse topography.

The narrowest state, only 1 mile wide near Hancock.

Has no natural lakes, but several man-made lakes, the largest is Deep Creek Lake.

Baltimore City is the 8th largest port in the nation.

The official state sport of Maryland, since 1962, is jousting.

The official team sport since 2004 is lacrosse.

In 2008, intending to promote physical fitness for all ages, a bill was introduced in the state legislature to add walking as the official state exercise.

The Maryland Toleration Act of 1649 was one of the first laws that explicitly dictated religious tolerance, though toleration was limited to Trinitarian Christians.

Maryland was founded for the purpose of providing religious toleration of England's Roman Catholic minority. Nevertheless, Parliament later reversed that policy and discouraged the practice of Catholicism in Maryland. Despite the founding intent of the colony, Catholics have never been a majority in Maryland since early Colonial times. Nonetheless, Catholicism is the largest single denomination in Maryland. The present religious composition of the state is shown below:

Protestant 56%
Roman Catholic 23%
Jewish 4%
Baptist 18%
Other Christian 3%
Other Religions 1%
Methodist 11%
Non-Religious 13%
Lutheran 6%
Other Protestant 21%
Despite the Protestant majority, Maryland has been prominent in U.S. Catholic tradition, partially because it was intended by George Calvert as a haven for English Catholics. Baltimore was the seat of the first Catholic bishop in the U.S. (1789), and Emmitsburg was the home and burial place of the first American-born citizen to be canonized, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Georgetown University, the first Catholic University, was founded in 1789 in what was then part of Maryland. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Baltimore was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States. (

Since pre-Civil War times, Maryland politics has been largely controlled by the Democrats. Even as the politics of the Democratic party have shifted, over the last century, the views of the state have shifted with them. Maryland is nonetheless well-known for its loyalty to the Democratic Party, especially inside metropolitan areas. The state is dominated by the two urban/inner suburban regions of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. . In addition, many jobs are directly or indirectly dependent upon the federal government. As a result, Baltimore, Montgomery County and Prince George's County often decide statewide elections. This is balanced by lesser populated areas on the Eastern Shore, Western Maryland, and outer suburbs that tend to support Republicans, even though seven of nine Shore counties have Democratic-majority voter rolls. (

Silly Maryland Laws

It’s illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits.
It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies.
It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt.
No person who is a “tramp” or “vagrant” shall loiter in any park at any time.
It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.
Baltimore City
Though you may spit on a city roadway, spitting on city sidewalks is prohibited.
You may not curse inside the city limits.
It is illegal to use profane language on a playground.
Knocking stones into a public park is prohibited.
Persons may not swear while on the highway.
It is illegal to remove a public building by writing on it.

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