Rick Perry Wants You to Pray for Rain

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Rick Perry has already asked the Obama Administration for help in combating the wildfires that continue to devour much of the state. Now, he turns to an even higher power: Moments ago the governor's office sent word that Perry has proclaimed Friday through Sunday as Days of Prayer for Rain -- an event unparalleled since Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue held a prayer service in his state during the historic drought of 2007.

From the proclamation:
WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.
The entire proclamation follows. Oh, you thought I meant Rainy Day Fund? My bad.
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and

WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and

WHEREAS, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 21st day of April, 2010.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

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maria
maria

i do think that no matter who said it  or who is him if we all together do our best and pray  for rain with faith  and with love for our world  forgeting who wants to benefit from the result we would do something wonderfull for ourselves ,for the people who farms (food that we take to our tables to our kids and our loved ones) what matters the most? our well being in this world or who says the best insult to him? are no all of us in the same boat this is our world !!! LETS PRAY FOR IT ,

Continuum
Continuum

Houston's Art group Continuum respond to The response, no need to discriminate against other religions, simply use the power of your own mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Continuum
Continuum

they did a rain dance too, 4 days later it started raining

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann

Lord G_d hates you, this we know. For no rain is telling you so.  

PAINTBUCKET
PAINTBUCKET

We still ain't got no rain! The lord must not like Rick Perry!

Sergio
Sergio

This is quite possibly the most cynical group of commenters I have ever come across. Not even mind-opening anti-religious statements...just flat-out mockery of spirituality in general. To ignore the existence of a higher power beyond the material world, I would accept. But to deliberately go out of one's way just to tell someone that what they believe is wrong and that they are an idiot for believing it? Isn't that why you hate the religious?

P.S. I am Taoist, Christian, Buddhist, and I study and have great respect for the yogis of India. Ignorance is, I believe, the greatest error one can commit in there life on this Earth.

Billy Brantingham
Billy Brantingham

Oh well...could be worse...they could have used this time to steal more money from me like they did with the TXDRL.

bigtimebud
bigtimebud

perry is another gop dumbass like his predecessor bush.They follow orders from theM/N corporations they represent.We need voting machines that issue receipts for countverification so we can vote these types out of office."Ask not what your M/N corp can dofor you,ask what you can do for your M/N corp".

Tabbott
Tabbott

typical Perry b.s...he waited to see the chances of rain,then put on a show to show us all how religious he is...fraud...fake...

scottindallas
scottindallas

Proud to have not entered this fray. I don't see anything wrong with this, I don't care. I can't believe this thread got so many comments. I don't believe in the Trinity, but think we should all try to live by the golden rule. I think it's fair to ask if others are complying by the golden rule. Again, I don't see how this is of concern to anyone, it smells of pandering, but golly, this is the least offensive political act I can imagine. Pick your battles people.

Guest
Guest

I prayed Texans wouldn't vote for Perry a third time, and we did. So there is not God.

Guest
Guest

Prayer. The last resort of a scoundrel

Guest
Guest

I'm praying for more teachers and a decent Governor.

Cantbuymeloveorsalvation
Cantbuymeloveorsalvation

All we members of the religious left must continue the long Christian tradition of questioning authority, particularly when it claims that secular laws in America authorize a governor to direct citizens to worship or pray. Governor Perry appears to have taken the Lord's name in vain and to have attempted to coopt the sacred periods of the Passover and the Easter Triduum for his personal political gain by issuing this proclamation when he did and when the meteorologists had already employed their God-given intellect to predict rain by Sunday. Of course, it is not for us to judge his soul, for only God can do that. But it is for us to use the assessments reached with our minds and hearts to judge him politically. Give the governor his due. Throw the bum out.

Connect
Connect

God doesn't need our prayers.He isn't waiting for a magical number of prayers to act to help us.Prayers are for our benefit.

What parent among us would hurt their child?

When we all pray, we are all on the same page.We are all looking to something beyond us to help us.

When we ask and He answers, we rest in the security that He is there and doing good on our behalf.

Perry is imperfect, but he isn't a horrible killer.

This Easter, give prayer in your own personal life a chance.

Gentleben
Gentleben

"What parent among us would hurt their child?"

Good question. What parent among us would demand that our children literally worship us, constantly, in a very prescribed, exact way, or we kick them out of the house while still children to be preyed upon by molestors, pimps, and worse?No parent I know would ever consider such a horrible thing, and yet all the Christians I know say that is precisely the way God "loves" us.

Herman Muenster
Herman Muenster

To paraphrase Glenn Beck: “I’m not saying God is, you know, causing fires... Whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent and that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well.’ Maybe we should stop doing some of it.”

Repent, Rick Perry! Repent!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

To steal from "The Big Bang Theory"I don't object to the concept of a deity, but I'm baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance.

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

I'm not saying Glen Beck is a maniacal madman who should be quarantined from the rest of society. Oh wait. That's exactly what i'm saying. Maybe, we can get a two for one deal and shack him up with Mr.Perry.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Has anyone since Michael Brown and Katrina bouched a disaster as much as Perry? Why wait so long to ask for help? Did you want all the volunteer fireman to save you the agrivation of having to admit that you are a fool? What's the point of the "rainy day" fund if it just ssits in the bank and we ask the Feds for disaster relief funds? Two faced and worthless describe Rick Perry

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

separation of church and state??? hmmm. I'm Christian but um....there's seems to be some conflict between what is seen as "God's Will" and "s*it happens."

nature will run its course...nobody said the runner would be elegant or considerate.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

A Guadalcanal Diary song just leapt into my head where it will probably remain lodged for the rest of the day.

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

Screw the prayer and put on some SRV Flooding Down in Texas....and crank it to 11!

LaceyB
LaceyB

Start dancing and get out your spirit stick, Perry.

Spirit Stick...wasn't that a name in consideration for your future band, Robert?

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

From what I've heard, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst compare their spirit sticks quite often.

Dick Perry
Dick Perry

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I believe that to be true, chief. Um hmm.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Oops. I thought this was a PacMan Jones thread ...

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

Please, Baby Jesus, let the GOP nominate Trump-Perry in '012.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

thanks richard...just to double our chanes, i will pray to full on adult Jesus.

TimCov
TimCov

Most of the comments on this article anger me (and I am not a Christian). We are having severe wildfires in the middle of a severe drought. It can not hurt anyone, for those who believe in doing so, to pray for rain. Yet, some of you seem to think it is horrible and evil to ask people to do so.I wonder how many of you would be reacting this way if Obama (or some other Christian liberal) had asked people to pray for rain. He is a Christian, and presumably he prays.

Guest
Guest

Whats offensive is he's made it official state business. Keep religion out of politics already, i'm tired of him playing his religion card every time there's a problem. Pray all you want, those fires keep burning.

Mlhoenig
Mlhoenig

No, I don't believe it is horrible to pray for anything.

What I find offensive to ALL religious -- and secular -- people is that he made it an OFFICIAL STATE matter.

Anyone here fully understand the Separation of Church and State? NO laws or official decrees should favor or ignore any religion. I treat Agnosticism and Atheism as religions of their own...they are people with a common theologic belief; just because one doubts and the other denies a God doesn't mean it's not a belief.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Religion is for fools.Fools are to be mocked.Political affiliation is irrelevant.

Foolonthehill
Foolonthehill

Then you must be mocked at every turn. Poor, angry, lonely soul.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

Perhaps a bit less praying and a bit more common sense would be in order. God helps those who help themselves, and what the wildfires here and the annual firestorms in CA are telling us is this: Practice Sound Rangeland Management! Conservatives, get your heads out of your collective asses and push for proper land management. Liberals, go feed the hungry (with your dime, not the 'public weal') and let people who actually study these things prepare for them. Old-growth removal and brush cutting not only reduce available fuel for wild fires, but actually spur development of a more robust ecology.

Montemalone, you blow yourself to bits for 72 virgins (and nobody said they were HOT virgins, or even opposite sex virgins). Not a big issue, just thought you'd appreciate the clarification.

Montemalone
Montemalone

You religious freaks and your fables that you selectively interpret to suit your needs need to keep your crap to yourselves.If you want to get down on your knees and pray to baby jeebus, or dance with snakes, or cut heads off chickens, or explode yourselves with bombs to be united with 57 virgins, go right ahead. Be leave me the hell alone.I have a brain that functions. I know that wildfires happen. Some gobbledy gook in the sky doesn't make it rain to put them out.Just like it doesn't send hurricanes to Florida because men have sex with men.I will continue to mock you fools as long as you give me such an easy target.And I'm not alone, even in this bassackwards redneck hellhole called Texas.

F.T.G.T
F.T.G.T

How should they anger you, this is a man who under his watched created a multi billion dollar budget shortfall, yes he has been governor since some W person, and still got re-elected and your angered of some comments under an article where he clearly shows no leadership, he isn't visiting this fires he is not dealing with this problem he is praying at a some dinner to raise money for HIM not the state, not the efforts to fight the fires, not anything else, that should anger you, not some peoples comments below the article

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

Praying for rain is wonderful. Making it an act of Congress is political pandering, and actually contravenes scripture about praying in secret instead of publicly.

Matthew 6:5-6 actually warns us: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

Teacher in the OC
Teacher in the OC

Frankly, I'm irritated when any elected official of any political stripe uses their faith to grandstand. Where were Rick's prayers during the February freeze? Or, over the current budget crisis. Funny, too, that a man so opposed to tapping the Rainy Day fund is praying for rain, but that's a different story.

Jonas M Luster
Jonas M Luster

Way to give the finger to the men and women up on in Palo Pinto County who actually apply, you know, science and technology, to stem the wildfires. Classy move, Governor, classy move.

jfpo
jfpo

Next week, human sacrifice. That should pare down those swollen Medicare and Medicaid rolls.

Brandy Wynn
Brandy Wynn

This is monumental~ he has requested federal aid for Texas and unafraid to express his beliefs nationally- which is MUCH more than anyone else has done. Funny how no one has any negative remarks when expressing their beliefs that are unrelated to Christianity...

MattL1
MattL1

I would like to state that I am always willing to supply negative remarks for ANY act of piety, regardless of creed. It's just nicer (and funnier) to mock the powerful than it is the powerless.

Teacher in the OC
Teacher in the OC

Yes, yes, Brandy. You're so right. Muslims have been getting a free pass for the last decade in these parts. How DO Christians bear up under all the pressure, what with a tax-free Christian church on every corner, their God's name on the money and in the pledge....

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Um, Brandy? Those fire crews that are working so hard may be local, but they're already under the direction of the National Interagency Fire Center. Incident Management Teams are already working as hard as they can to suppress and contain the fires, as well as prevent new ones from breaking out.

From the NIFC's daily situation report for today:"The 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, NC and the 153rd Air Wing, Cheyenne, WY are providing one MAFFS C-130 aircraft each, along with two from the 146th Air Wing, Channel Islands, CA, and support personnel to the state of Texas."

We don't lack for federal aid. Governor Perry didn't even have to ask for it. What he's doing right now is grandstanding.

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