Is it appropriate for a governor of a state to do a public "rain prayer"??

Unbelievable...the governor of Texas, Rick Perry openly did a "rain prayer"....where the hell is this world coming to when the governor of one of the most powerful states in the union does a "rain prayer"....does this violate the 1st amendment?? What the hell is going on with our country??

Texas governor calls for prayers for rain amid fires


5:34pm EDT

By Elliott Blackburn

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry called on Texans to pray for rain as cooler temperatures on Thursday helped firefighters contain wildfires that have charred more than 1.5 million acres across the state.

Perry, a Republican, sought increased federal help in combating the blazes last weekend and urged Texans to ask the same from a higher power over the Easter holiday weekend.

"Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer," Perry said in a statement.

"It is fitting that Texans should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this ongoing drought and these devastating wildfires."

A wave of moisture and cooler weather had already helped the roughly 1,800 firefighters and support crews contain nine fires and make headway against many more by Thursday morning.

But conditions fueling the fast-moving wildfires that killed two volunteer firefighters and destroyed 200 homes this month would not ease for good, officials warned.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Jerry Norton)

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Comment by William C. Walker on April 22, 2011 at 12:01am
It's no worse than asking god to let the Dallas Cowboys win a football game - & the effect is exactly the same. But hey, this IS Texas we're discussing .
Comment by Caesar MacEntire on April 22, 2011 at 12:27am
Didn't the same thing happen in Georgia several years ago?
Comment by Sassan K. on April 22, 2011 at 1:21am
Dallas Cowboys is a private NFL team; this is a governor of a state...I don't know Caesar :(
Comment by Walter Maki on April 22, 2011 at 1:49am
I'll call it a result of smoke inhalation cutting off oxygen to the brain of an already delusional politician. :P
Comment by Sassan K. on April 22, 2011 at 2:28am
Would this violate the 1st amendment with the governor in the case seeming to endorse religion on a public platform by asking the residents of Texas to pray with him??
Comment by Justine Robinson on April 22, 2011 at 7:05am
I am so glad my family did not move to Texas, even if it was Austin. I don't think I could have dealt with this craziness!
Comment by John Siqueiros on April 22, 2011 at 9:00am
It's constitutional and legal, or as least as much as is having religious invocations at political public events like presidential inaugurations. Appropriate? You ask that on an atheist website? That answers itself here.
Comment by Gary C on April 22, 2011 at 11:24am

He is interfering with God's perfect plan that Texas should burn.


Comment by Tiago Martins on April 22, 2011 at 3:11pm
Meh, not worth the hassle. If he prayed publicly or spoke on how God will save them from the fires, then it would be troublesome. But If he just asked for people to pray for a little rain, then it's no big deal, as it's kind of asking people to "hope" for it.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on April 22, 2011 at 6:25pm
You know... If this is the worst thing Texas does this week, I consider it a victory.
But don't hold your breath. I am sure they will be back to teaching "Intelligent" Design and burning Harry Potter books by Monday.


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