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Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas

Proclamation
Posted: April 22, 2011.

Print: The State of Texas

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 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, 2011.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

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geez, this is like from the middle ages!  what a joke!

posted on April 24, 2011
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Oh, Texas, my birthplace and true home, I love you, but… this is just inane nonsense. 

A truth that is even more unbelievable, is that even if it didn’t rain for five years, when the rain finally were to come, the more religiously steadfast among them would state, “See!  Our three-day prayers worked!”

posted on April 24, 2011
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Dude, April fools day was almost a month ago.

posted on April 24, 2011
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What, he’s not going to call on American Indians for a rain dance?

And the Thor movie is coming out soon. Surely a few prayers to the thunder god are in order.

The Pagans should get into the act, and show the Guvnor the right rituals and ceremonies to appeal to the gods for rain. They might even make the news.

Does the guy have no awareness at all how ludicrous this makes him look?

posted on April 24, 2011
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5. s. pimpernel

Makes one proud to be from Texas for sure.  Gov. Goodhair will be running for President soon, following in the footsteps of the last intellectual giant from Texas to hold that high office.

posted on April 25, 2011
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what we americans should fear from politicians like perry, is not that he is so ignorant, but that he is so diabolical. perry like many others like him, know the limmited mental capacity of their constituancy. they exploit their ignorance (all be it well intentioned). they know that to evoke the name of jesus is to lift the sheep’s spirits, to perpetuater ignorance and to strengthen their voting base. keep them dumb Perry they’ll belive anything! you make me sick. you sir are a traitor to our constitution our nation.

posted on April 25, 2011
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“I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers…”

Heeeey, wait a minute. If it rains which god was the cause?

posted on April 25, 2011
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Ryan, I believe it will be a collaborative effort by the Super Best Friends.

posted on April 25, 2011
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Amazing.  Why not have some of the state’s Indians do a rain dance, as well.  It would be fun to see which irrational invocation did the best job of urging nature to give a little rain.

posted on April 27, 2011
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It would seem that prayer didn’t work. Oh, wait, God heard the prayer but the answer is no, or he is waiting for the perfect time to relieve all this suffering which he, in his omnipresence has apparently caused or allowed to happen.

http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html

There is still a severe drought.

posted on May 8, 2011
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You know too that come reelection time this will stand him in good stead with his constituency. On the contrary it should be cause to boot him out of office.

posted on May 8, 2011
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