Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 27, 2011

Lawmaker Encourages Texas Governor’s Right to Pray

“I am encouraging Oklahomans to join with thousands..."

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — State Rep. Mike Reynolds said today that he is outraged to hear of yet another attempt to undermine the right of Americans to practice their faith.

            The Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. has filed a motion for an injunction against Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s endorsement, sponsorship or promotion of a prayer rally expected to draw tens of thousands of people, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The motion also demands that the governor not participate in the event.

            “It is outrageous to think that any organization would sue a man for taking part in a prayer rally just because he is a public official,” Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City) said. “I am encouraging Oklahomans to join with thousands of other Christians from around the nation in participating in this event. Go and show your support of public prayer.”

            Reynolds said he would also encourage Oklahomans to pray for Gov. Perry and other leaders that have felt called by God to host this event.

            “Public officials are under a lot of pressure these days to make everyone happy,” Reynolds said. “They are people to and do not give up their rights simply because they have been called to serve their state in public office. I would ask Oklahomans to pray for the governor and other leaders involved in the event.”

            Reynolds noted that the Oklahoma House of Representatives regularly hosts a “chaplain of the week” during the legislative session.

            “These same people that are suing Governor Perry could easily decide to give us trouble over our chaplain program,” Reynolds said. “It is disheartening to see misguided individuals trying to squash the rights of their fellow Americans who openly practice the rights granted by God and written into our Constitution.”