In the spring, Rick Perry made an official declaration that April 22–24 were to be “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas,” saying it was “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.” It was not a one-off. Next up on the official schedule is “A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation,” to be held on August 6. Perry will be joined by thousands of Texans and a who’s who of evangelical leaders at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Quoting the Bible, Perry asked Texans to join him in a prayer “for unity and righteousness — for this great state, this great nation and all mankind . . . for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force.”
Such declarations may carry an electoral advantage. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and an honorary co-chair of the August day of prayer, says Perry’s public faith professions will make a “big difference” to evangelical and social-conservative voters.
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