As all good Catholics are aware, today is Good Friday where Christians the world over celebrate the crucifixion of the savior. Gov Rick Perry of the great state of Texas has decided to use this Easter weekend to call on citizens to pray for rain.
I'm not kidding. The Governor has issued a proclamation asking people of all faiths and traditions to pray to their chosen God(s), prophets, and/or elementals in hopes that rain may befall us.
Is this even Constitutional? I know Perry would like to think of Texas as it's own nation, but isn't this a clear endorsement of a higher power by an elected official? Even if the Supreme Court does rule that actions like this don't violate the separation of church and state, is it appropriate? Should atheists and agnostics be excluded?
Frankly shouldn't our Christian bretheren be offended this? I was raised to believe this weekend was a time to give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and the fulfillment of the new covenant, not to sit and dwell on personal and often times selfish matters. It seems rather exploitative to have those who believe in the resurrection to not celebrate it, but to rather hope for a higher power to intervene on natural weather systems.
I can't believe this guy was elected to a third term. This is such a waste of tax payer money.
"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." - Gov Rick Perry.
Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas