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article imageGov. Rick Perry fights wildfires with Days of Prayer proclamation

By Kim I. Hartman     Apr 22, 2011 in Politics
Austin - While Texas suffers from an extreme drought and out-of-control wildfires, Gov. Rick Perry's solution is to ask for divine intervention in the form 'Days of Prayer for Rain.' Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans of all faiths to pray.
The Republican governor, Rick Perry, has declared a three-day period, this Easter weekend, as "Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas."
"Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer," Gov. Perry said. "It is fitting that Texans should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this ongoing drought and these devastating wildfires, and for the safety of the brave firefighters and emergency management officials who have worked tirelessly to protect lives and property around the state."
Perry's proclamation comes at the end of week of news reports, that included, newly discovered fires, thousands of homes at risk, and the destruction of over a hundred single family homes in one region, as reported by Digital Journal.
Texas has experienced more then 8,000 wildfires, claiming several lives, as well as destroying more then 1.8 million acres of land in this ongoing disaster, according to 'Perry's Proclamation' which can be read here.
The severe drought conditions, experienced by the majority of the state, have prompted Perry to call on "Texans, of all faiths and religious traditions," who he says have been historically strengthened by prayer, "to offer prayer for the healing of the land, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life in Texas."
But not all Texans are happy with Gov. Perry's official decision and feel that a separation is necessary between church and state. Hardy Haberman, of the Dallas Voice, said, "Instead of asking people to just pray, why not ask them to volunteer to fight the fires? Actions speak louder than words, Gov. Perry."
Richard Connolly, a Houston Press blogger, said "Those prayers, one assumes, would be directed at the same deity that is allowing the drought to persist."
Perry's official prayer request follows a U.S. Appeals Court ruling this week, dismissing a lawsuit that challenged the annual Presidential Proclamation for a National Day of Prayer, held each year on the first Thursday in May.
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