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Rick Perry Calls For Prayer As He Afflicts The Poor And The Sick—With Each Plague Of Drought And Wildfire In Texas His Heart Only Hardens

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be taking part in a big prayer rally in Houston on August 6.

(Above–Plague of wildfires afflicting Texas this year as seen from above.)  

From the Governor

” Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed Saturday, Aug. 6th, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation.”

You notice that the Governor has declared this day for the entire nation. We hear a lot from Mr. Perry about the federal government imposing upon the states. I guess though it is okay for Governor Perry to impose both a proclamation and his religion on the rest of the nation.

Also from the Governor—

“Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting….”

If people want to pray, that is just fine.

However, if prayer is a possible solution to our problems as Governor Perry asserts, than maybe the natural disasters afflicting Texas in recent weeks are divine judgment for how Texas is treating the poor and the sick.

It has to be a two-way street.

Governor Perry and the Texas legislature have passed a budget that strongly impacts those in Texas least able to take the hit.

At the same time, Texas has been afflicted with wildfires and drought.

With each plague visited upon Texas, Governor Perry’s heart only hardens—Just like Pharaoh’s heart in the Biblical account of Moses.

It should also be noted that a group strongly involved with the August 6 rally—the so-called American Family Association—has some extreme viewpoints.

From the Texas Tribune-

” Sparking the controversy are the group’s views on Christianity, its staunchly anti-gay platform and the inflammatory statements of one its executives, Bryan Fischer. In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, AFA president Tim Wildmon said Jews, Muslims, atheists or any other non-Christian would “go to hell” unless they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Wildmon’s father, Don, who famously took on iconic television programs like Three’s Company for promoting what he saw as an immoral lifestyle, is listed as one of the event’s chief organizers….. Over the years, Fischer has blamed gays for the Holocaust and has called on Muslims to convert to Christianity or face the wrath of U.S. military power. He also once blogged that social welfare programs made black women want to “rut like rabbits.”….” 

Governor Perry appears to be risking more judgement for Texas as he consorts with these persons.

A great book to read if you want to learn about religion as a force for good is The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann. We can’t allow folks like Rick Perry and the so-called American Family Association to define faith for the rest of us.

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  1. This guy panders to the religious right, the Tea Party, Secessionist and every other group he feels hates Obama enough to coddle their favor for his pathetic support of corporations over citizens. Anybody who really knows Perry understands that the only “God” he gets his guidance from is the greenback god.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | June 8, 2011

  2. Well God Bless the biggest hyprocrite in the nation. Wants to seperaste from the Union, against the poor, gays, and anything else. that does not fit into that evangelician nonsense. Executes more people than any other state, and loves it. Took the Supreme court to stop tthe executions of mentally handicapped. Texas has the most hate groups than any other state. What has he done about that?. Aainst aboration. How the hell can you be against aboration, and believe in capitor punishment or invading other countries, for gain/greed. He is another one of those Rich Republicians that Want a certain few at the top, to controll the USA. work women for the lowest wages. Keep the poorest doing their dirty work. Aboration is another way to controll women, has nothing to do with morals. If their morals were so high, a lot of things in Texsas would not be going on. Widest span between the richest and middle class. For some reason Texas wants to be about tough. ha ha. They use to show G. Bush, with an ax over his shoulder or a chainsaw. When he hid out in a special group, playing souldier, during Vietnam, than ended up 14 months AWOL. Cheney was no better, but he had ENRON, boy he was t5ough there.ha ha

    Comment by PHYLLIS RADFORD | June 9, 2011

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