Rick Perry’s Call For National Fasting And Prayer Causes Confusion In Iowa (UPDATED)

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June 9, 2011 1:08 p.m.

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After initial reports that Gov. Terry Branstad had signed on to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a national day of fasting and prayer on August 6, Branstad’s spokesman has now told the Des Moines Register that he was mistaken, saying Branstad has not yet taken action on the request.

As the Des Moines Register reports, Perry has asked Branstad to urge Iowans to fast and pray on August 6, as part of an event organized by Perry and the American Family Association, called “The Response.”

From the Response’s web site:

As a nation, we must come together, call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy according to His grace, mercy, and kindness towards us. A historic crisis facing our nation and threatening our future demands a historic response from the church. We must, as a people, return to the faith and hope of our fathers. The ancient paths of great men were blazed in prayer – the humility of the truly great men of history was revealed in their recognition of the power and might of Jesus to save all who call on His great name.

Perry has invited the 49 other governors in the country to join the Response’s big event on August 6 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Branstad’s spokesman earlier on Thursday told the Register: “We have not scheduled that far out at this time.”

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