CHURCH AND STATE

Texas Gov.: Let’s Pray for Rain

Better or worse than asking for a rain dance? Texas Governor Rick Perry has called on his state’s citizens to pray for rain, as deadly wildfires continue to grip wide swaths of the state. "Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured, and lifted up through prayer," Perry said. A recent respite from the dry weather has helped abate the fires, but the blazes are still threatening; 200 homes have been destroyed in the past month, and two firefighters were killed.