Governor Perry’s call to prayer

June 6, 2011

Financial debt. Terrorism. Natural disasters — all big problems for the United States.

Texas  Governor Rick Perry,  a potential Republican presidential candidate, thinks prayer might help.

“There is hope for America… and we will find it on our knees,”  Perry says in an invitation to fellow Americans to join him for “a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting” for the country in August in Houston.

“Right now, America is in crisis,” Perry says in a message on The Response web site. “We have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters.  As a nation, we must come together, and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles.”

When Texas was in the middle of a wildfire crisis in April, Perry issued a proclamation calling for three “pray for rain days.”

The Mississippi-based American Family Association, a conservative Christian activist group, is footing the bill for the prayer gathering. But it was the governor’s idea.

Eric Bearse, a spokesman for The Response, said on Sunday:  “The governor told the American Family Association about a month ago that we need to call Americans together for a time of prayer.”

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Perry at Conservative Political Action conference, Feb. 2011)


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Interesting concept, maybe he can pray away the Texas budget deficit.

Posted by seattlesh | Report as abusive

Time Magazine interview with Einstein in his 50s FYI:

To what extent are you influenced by Christianity? “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”
Do you accept the historical existence of Jesus? “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life!”

Secularization of church and state isn’t working folks, never will! Also, what we do with our money and our time says everything about us as a country! Honesty is the best policy! Only God!

Posted by DrJJJJ | Report as abusive

This violates the First Amendment. There is no question about it.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Jesus is a Christian idea, and by stating that, “As a nation, we must come together, and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles,” Governor Perry has respected an establishment of a religion. He has made no law yet, but he has issued proclamations. As a non-Christian, this does offend me.

Posted by Limitin | Report as abusive

Rick Perry is about as christian as the average hyena.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive

“This violates the First Amendment. There is no question about it.”

Limitin, are you aware of the fact that Benjamin Franklin called for a prayers during the Constitutional Convention?

Posted by Groenhagen | Report as abusive

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”–Patrick Henry

Posted by moonhill | Report as abusive

I hear both sides, and I have tried life without God and with God. God is the only thing that made my life work right, and our country may find its way back to God. Prayer is the place to start. And who ever said that God was limited to Christians. All you Non God people are welcome to leave the United States. You have stomped all over my rights with your freedom of expression.

Posted by fred5407 | Report as abusive

To God or not to God?…That is the question.

If you are pandering to your base to garner votes, I’d say that is a pretty good political strategy in Texas and Mr. Perry knows this very well.

It will earn him forgiveness of the Texas budget deficit and his destruction of the Texas public education system.

And this evangellicalism facilitates similar views on a national level from far too many who fail the American standard for the separation of church and state.

Look up Fascism and compare it against the Neo-Con Christian movements in politics and business in America…scary stuff folks! And completely undemocratic.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

A couple of years ago Gov. Rick Perry suggested that perhaps Texas should secede from the union (again)… Maybe they should…. then they can set up their religious right wing government, using the Iran model. Only with pastors instead of mullahs in supreme power…. that’ll work…

Posted by edgyinchina | Report as abusive

Now I bow my head to pray, and ask that Rick Perry go away. Amen.

Posted by SanPa | Report as abusive

Now I bow my head to pray, and ask that Rick Perry go away. Amen.

Posted by SanPa | Report as abusive

I have met Rick Perry. Guy gave me the creeps with his shifty eyes and fake smile. I would no more consider him a man of faith than I would any other televangelist.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive