Texas Gov. Declares 'Pray for Rain' Days

And hey, there was a drizzle near Fort Worth yesterday
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2011 7:36 AM CDT
\Volunteer firefighters battle a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – With Texas in the midst of an historic drought and battling thousands of wildfires, Gov. Rick Perry has decided to ask for some divine intervention. The governor issued a proclamation yesterday officially declaring April 22-24 “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” (You can see the proclamation here.) “I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land,” Perry wrote.

Reaction to the move has been mixed. “Rick Perry Says to Pray for Rain (to the God Who’s Causing the Drought)” reads one snarky headline from a Houston Press blog. “I applaud his sentiment,” says one Dallas Voice blogger, but “a state proclamation urging prayer really treads heavily on the line between separation of church and state.” But maybe the move is already paying off? There was a light drizzle west of Forth Worth yesterday, the AP reports.

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