Not to derail this conversation but this proclamation is actually dated April 2011, before any wildfires broke out in Texas. And we do badly need rain here. Texas is in the throes of the worst single-year drought on record, affecting nearly everyone in the state and spelling financial disaster for Texas’s farmers and ranchers. I’m not praying for anything, but I sure as hell wish it would rain.
Considering one of the tags on the post you reblogged (and presumably deleted) was, “Perry prays for rain and gets fire,” you could probably have guessed that yes, we’re all aware that Perry’s prayer came before the fires.
The point is, all the people passing along this chain mail—which is about the wildfires—with Perry’s prayer for rain in it are fools who don’t realize that Texas would have been far better served in responding to the massive wildfires if Perry had continued to invest in Texas’ volunteer fire departments, rather than leading a big showy prayer about weather.
Not to get technical, but the wildfires had broke out before Perry’s proclamation. This article, dated April 11th, discusses the already record-breaking fire season. This photo is from April 10th:
Caption: An uncontrolled wildfire burns near Fort Davis, Texas, on April 10. A fast-moving wildfire had spread to more than 60,000 acres in Presidio County and Jeff Davis County, where it destroyed about 20 homes in Fort Davis.
So Perry’s prayers came when it wasn’t getting better, and in fact, accelerated at a horrible rate. Several of the photos in that slideshow feature volunteer firemen battling the blazes. It was after this began that Perry cut the firefighters’ budget by 75%. Instead of properly funding his fire crews, he’s asked the people of Texas to pray and FEMA for federal dollars to help.
Moral of the story: Firemen are more effective than prayer.