Texas governor convenes day of prayer and fasting
June 7th, 2011
04:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Texas governor convenes day of prayer and fasting

(CNN)- On August 6, Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants you to drop the Texas BBQ, grab a moist towelette and fold your hands to pray. On Monday, Perry declared the date a “day of prayer and fasting for our nation’s challenges.”

"America is in crisis, " the Republican governor says on a website promoting the event. "We have been besieged by financial debt terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters."

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  1. once upon a horse

    just have to love it when people like Perry try to wrap themselves in religion along with the American flag. Too bad there are so many people here in the red state of Texas that still fall for it.

    June 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. rs

    Perry just proved why he and the rest of the Republican Tea Party are completely unsuitable as leaders of a free nation.

    June 7, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    I need to pray every time I see this fool.

    June 7, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Cosmo

    "We have been besieged by financial debt terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters."

    What exactly is financial debt terrorism? What we have been besiged with is a multitude of ignorant opportunists in public life who run for office in order to line their own pockets. What we need is better public education in order to undermine ther rise of extremists who will lead this county astray.

    June 7, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. diridi

    All the unprecedented besiege is the direct net result of the past thirty years, of GOP thugs like Bush, and Reagan.And their Corporate America's greedy policies, and bribery of Iraq war, and Halliburton stuff.....Idiot, don't you know this truth.....what an idiot this nasty thug is.....shame America, you are electing these thugs...even third world will never elect these animals....into office....just vote any Democrat....period....Obama2012.....

    June 7, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Wes B.

    “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6: 16-18.

    June 7, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. OneMoreTime

    Thanks Guv, we will all be sure and make a note of that. Only problem is, most of us pray every day, and there are
    already people who are "involuntarily fasting", so why don't you use some of that $10,000/mo rent we pay for
    your housing and have a BBQ for those who could use a good meal. I'm "prayin'" that you will run for
    President so we can have a knock out "two birds with one stone" scenario.

    June 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Jrdz

    What a moron what next year of the bible?

    June 7, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Terrence

    That whats wrong with the world to day, to much relligon!

    June 7, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. juliei4

    Hopefully, Perry is leading the Texas GOP in prayer for the sick, the homeless, the gay, the ill, the downtrodden, etc., because if the GOP has their way, the only thing those groups will have is prayer.

    June 7, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. John Nemesh

    He should fast for the next year...and while fasting, he should read the Constitution...there is a small bit about separation of Church and State he should familiarize himself with!

    June 7, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Prayer AND Fasting ?

    If that were President Obama this article wouuld be 300+ comments long with people dressing him up and down on being Muslim.

    Followed by him being a socialist-pinkie-commie-unamerican-terrorist.

    I dare anyone to say otherwise.

    June 7, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. jackal & jester

    I want a bbq that day

    June 7, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Uh – you might want to invite Gov. Barbor and Gingrich to fast also. THET NEED IT.

    Why don't you (better yet) take a few days off from the hate-mongering.

    June 7, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    My governor is so embarrassing! Ugh.

    June 7, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Oregon Calling

    What about the people that live in Texas that do not follow or choose not to believe in religion? I have family in Texas and they are not believers, what say you?

    Peace :-)

    June 7, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. lforlegend

    I'm tired of palin and all the repugs, they ain't good for nothin!

    June 7, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. gt

    nothing wrong with prayer...unless your a pagan or infidel....so pray for our troops to return home....

    June 7, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    Amazing, this one day of prayer and fasting, that hasn't happened within Perry's 3 terms as governor and in an election year. The writing on the wall says Perry will be someone's VP thus validating himself among the religious right. I wish this had been Obama, that way the right would be able to see this for what it really is. Let it be a GOP and even Jesus couldn't make them see the real reasons.

    June 7, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    What the??? Stop eating and fast for "financial debt terrorism" mixed with "natural disasters"????? What about the REAL woes of our country – OUR MEN/WOMEN fighting wars that are now irrelevant!!! Let's stop and pray for them!!!

    June 7, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Papasan

    This idiot wants the already hungry to eat the Bible, why doesn't Perry eat his Bible.

    What a hypocrite.

    June 7, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Beamer

    Happy to pray. Vet in Texas – I do not understand your comments. God does not care if you are a Democrat, Indepedent, Republican or Communist. If you don't like Perry I am not a big fan either after voting for him once but even he could do a better job as President than Obama.

    June 7, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |