POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 3:43pm
EL PASO - The temperature's rising, fires are raging across the state, and now a political debate is heating up.
The State of Texas is desperate for rain. More than 8,000 wildfires across the state have burned more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes. The sky hasn't dropped one significant bit of water in three months. Firefighters are exhausted. That's why Governor Rick Perry has issued an official state proclamation for prayer in effect through Easter Sunday. That's not sitting well with everyone.
"He as our governor, as our leader, should not make policy or comments based on religious ideology. So, I'm 100% against it," Isaac Montes said.
"People are always talking about the power of prayer, and it helps people personally and I see no problem with asking people to pray. If people object to it then they don't have to pray," David Flynn said.
One El Pasoan says the call to pray for rain to end the wildfires could end Governor Perry's political career.
"I really don't think he should be putting religion into it just because people, a lot of people, that do support him are not necessarily religious," Stephanie Gutierrez said.
Another El Pasoan says the idea of prayer is simply about Texans coming together, because we're all suffering in this drought.
"Well I think that it doesn't necessarily have to be a religious thing to say pray. When we say pray, it can mean just a hope or to send positive thoughts. So it's not saying 'take out your bible, let's look up a prayer and have it for our state,'" Eliza Kirkpatrick said.