I found this over at RightWingWatch. Here’s the notice from the office of the governor, and an excerpt:
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. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.
But, look! It’s inclusive. You’re allowed to pray for rain for Texas even if you’re a Muslim or an Atheist or a Catholic.
Wajahat Ali has a very funny and also enlightening piece over at Loonwatch about finding a place to pray in public without making a spectacle of oneself. It answered some of my lingering questions about how Muslims accomodate their daily prayers in a community that isn’t set up for that.
A Muslim who prays in public is like James Bond, but without the bling, sophisticated gadgets and entourage of gorgeous women eager to bed him. Both brilliantly fail at every attempt at stealth. Like the fictional secret agent, a Muslim, despite his best intentions and clandestine efforts, sticks out like a pink elephant when forced to offer his ritualistic prayer, salat, outside the comforting cocoon of his home or mosque.
Instead, I discover I have 15 minutes left to pray the afternoon Asr prayer and I’m stuck in a crowded, Valley Fair mall in San Jose, Calif. Realizing that I’d probably be tazed and shot by Homeland Security if I decided to bust out my Arabic tai chi at the Orange Julius, I seek temporary refuge for my prayer woes in the most obvious location: the fitting room at the Gap.
And there are more illuminating anecdotes in the comments.
More from Right Wing Watch:
We’ve put together this clip featuring some of the highlights from the call itself, featuring Dobson saying the effort was designed to “put a shield of prayer around the United States of American and our world, while just praying for God’s intervention.” She was followed by Perkins, who insisted that it was not a question of whether Muslims had a right to gather to pray but rather “the focus of their prayers, are they praying for the well-being of our nation,” saying that the Islamic community has been silent when acts of terrorism have been committed against America and has been equally silent on the “threats” facing Rifqa Bary and, as such, “we have reason to be suspicious about the motives this community has for the well-being of this country. Perkins then introduced his “good friend” Lou Engle, who proceeded to warn that Americans did not “understand the spiritual implications of what is taking place” with this Muslim rally, saying they were “taking the spiritual power of 40 days Ramadan and then channeling it like an arrow right into the White House.” Eventually, others began to pray as well, asking God for a “great turning in education, a great turning in the political arena, [and to] turn the media in America over to your son” at which point Engle took over again asking God to help them win “the challenge in the spirit realm” and defeat “every demonic ideology [and] every spirit of darkness”:
You have to go to Right Wing Watch if you want to see the video. Or search for it on YouTube.
Stupidest comment I’ve seen yet, from here (Washington Times):
So if Islamic muezzins will chant out the “adhan,” the call to worship, to folks kneeling on prayer rugs on the west front lawn, does that make the Capitol dome a minaret?
Yes, indeedy, through the magical power of the adhan, a dome of many thousands of pounds of stone and metal will rise into the air, change shape, and reassemble itself as a minaret. Any architect will tell you that it happens all the time.
By the way, what Perkins is quoted as saying above is complete and utter
horseshit hooey, as has been shown time and time again.