Here is the prayer Murray Energy's CEO read to staff before laying them off

Robert E. Murray, CEO of the independent Ohio-based coal company Murray Energy, felt he had no choice in the face of strong win by the Democratic party on Tuesday and laid off about 156 staff.

The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register obtained a copy of the prayer, that was read to staff members before they were let go. The company says more layoffs are planned in the coming months:

Dear Lord:

The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals of our Founders. And, away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility. Away from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance.

We are a Country in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.

My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom.

The takers outvoted the producers. In response to this, I have turned to my Bible and in II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9 it says, "To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self control; to self control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love."

Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.


The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening regulations on coal-powered plants forcing closures. A big part of coal's problem is fracking and low natural gas prices that have undercut prices.

An employee of the mine is conducting a question and answer session on Reddit.