• Why Rick Perry's Prayers Should Worry You

    Rick Perry did not look kindly upon the 23 executive actions President Obama announced yesterday. From finally appointing an ATF director to directing federal agencies to take background checks seriously, the Texas governor felt Obama's proposals had the whiff of tyranny about them. Besides, Rick Perry a better idea for curbing gun violence:

    "There is evil prowling in the world — it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children."

    Nothing wrong with prayer, per se. But recall that in April 2011, Perry issued a proclamation declaring a 72-hour period the "Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas," asking residents to appeal to a higher power for salvation from the record-setting drought ravaging Texas. Then came September:

    The state's largest blaze, a massive, uncontained fire in Bastrop County near Austin, has scorched some 25,000 acres, destroyed at least 470 homes and forced about 5,000 residents to evacuate.

    It may be true that God listens to all prayers. It's just sometimes he says "yes," other times he says "no," and occasionally he sends wildfires, which is why firefighters (and in this case, gun regulations) are useful too.

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