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Let Us Prey

By The Reverend Published: August 16, 2011

In April, I reported on the polling of Texas Republicans revealing that 51% of Texas GOP'ers agreed with Governor Rick Perry that "Texas may need to leave the United States."

Just a reminder of what type of conservatives we're dealing with down in the Looney Star State.

From April of this year also came Governor Perry's official "Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas."

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.

Apparently, the governor's pray-for-rain days didn't take, or god was sleeping, vacationing, or something....because the Texas drought continues.

From an interview Perry did with the Christian Broadcasting Network...here's another of the Governor's prayer requests....

“Frankly I pray for the president every day. I pray for his wisdom, I pray that God will open his eyes. I wish this president would turn back the health care law that’s been passed, ask that his EPA back down these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money.”

Praying for rain, praying for a conversion of President Obama so he will rescind his Affordable Care Act and gut the Environmental Protection Agency, you know, while he's at it.

Rick Perry is quite the praying governor.....a week ago Saturday in Houston, 30,000 attendees at Governor Perry's "The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in crisis" heard the praying governor pray this way....

"Lord, You are the source of every good thing, You are our only hope. And we stand before You today in awe of your power, and in gratitude for Your blessings; in humility for our sins.

Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government. And as a nation we have forgotten Who made us, Who protects us, Who blesses us, and for that we cry out for Your forgiveness...."

I know a bit about public prayer. Evangelical preachers and leaders, not exclusively mind you, often enjoy public prayer because it's an opportunity to sermonize. In Perry's case, praying publicly is an opportunity to sermonize politically. Under the sanctimonious cover of public prayer, politicians, like Perry, corrupt the very nature of prayer by putting words in god's mouth, as it were,....or confuse partisan political (and corporate) requests with, you know, god's will.

As the Bible, which Gov. Perry so highly praises, says.....this type of prayer is not only offensive to god, but it actually brings god's condemnation down on the one doing the public praying. Why...it's as if god doesn't particularly appreciate grandiose displays of pious religiosity.

"...for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased.."

But, then, Governor Perry doesn't put his faith in what god says or does, anyway. Perry puts his full faith in large corporate political donations....

Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples, who are likely to form the backbone of his new effort to win the Republican presidential nomination. The tally represented more than a third of the $102 million he had raised as governor through December, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.

Nearly half of those mega-donors received hefty business contracts, tax breaks or appointments under Perry, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

Which naturally leads me to what it is Governor Rick Perry is really doing when he calls for special prayer days and when he publicly sermonizes while claiming to be praying.

He's preying.

Perry, like many a politician before him, has been preying on the religious faith of Christian evangelicals in order to round up enough votes to win public office....all in order to reward those few rich corporate buddies of his who paid to get him elected in the first place.

This preying GOP Governor Dawg simply isn't going to hunt....if you get my drift. Like Donald Trump...I predict that Perry will be yet another candidate-du-jour for the extremist right to get all excited over for a few weeks and then fizzle out in some clustermess of freakishness.

But if I'm wrong....and the GOP's plan to destroy the economy in order to remove Obama is successful...and Perry, somehow, becomes the American president.....300 million Americans, many who don't even believe in god, will be praying without ceasing.

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