With his state facing a natural disaster, Governor Rick Perry is asking God to make it rain…
Texas continues to suffer under a punishing drought, and wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes. So this week, Gov. Rick Perry issued an official proclamation, seeking help from a higher power:
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.
(H/T Ben Smith)
UPDATE: God’s answer so far seems to be, kind of mixed.
More on the fires from the London Daily Mail.
Perry, who flirted with the idea of secession during his re-election bid, has a history of inserting God into disasters, both natural and man-made. Last year, he said the BP oil spill may have been an act of God, rather than a failure of the company, or of the idea of deep water drilling near the precious natural landscape of the Gulf.
“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.
And Perry may have done some things, like proposing slashing cuts to nursing homes and Medicaid, that put him at odds with the God of the New Testament, who was prone to say things like “blessed are the meek…”
Just to be on the safe side, Perry has also appealed for aid to the hated federal government.
Here’s hoping for better weather, and better times, for the people of Texas.