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A major heat wave has taken the nation by storm. As a result, officials in 17 states have issued citizen warnings and advisories. With temperatures reaching triple digits in some areas, the extreme conditions are dangerous to say the least. Last week, in a move to end the scorching heat, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallins asked citizens to join together in prayer for relief from the heatwave.

Fallins issued a news release asking Oklahomans to pray for rain:

“I encourage Oklahomans of all faiths to join me this Sunday in offering their prayers for rain. For the safety of our firefighters and our communities and the well-being of our crops and livestock, this state needs the current drought to come to an end. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain.”

According to CBS News, Fallins also said, “I think if we have a lot of people praying, it moves the heart of God.”

Predictably, the usual critics are claiming her call violates the line separating church and state, according to the Internet news site The Blaze.

Her defenders cite historical precedent — such as Presidents throughout history who have called for days of prayer during wartime or national disaster.

One Oklahoman named Holly Carroll supported Fallins’ call: “It‘s the Bible belt,” she said, “that’s what we do, we pray.”

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