I know this thread was about the OK governor asking to pray for rain but seeing as how it's similar to what Rick Perry has done and is doing, check out this video.
Looks like he's endorsing it in an official capacity.
You can read what this guy (who teaches law) says on his blog as well. He cited County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1989).
Here's another funny side note:"government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine or organization..."
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to (A)stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [a](B)so that they may be seen by men. (C)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, (D)go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and (E)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
In the first ruling they found that it had a secular purpose (even though another court ruled differently).Viewing the display within the context of the city's celebration of a national public holiday, the majority concluded that the crèche served the legitimate secular purpose of symbolically depicting the historical origins of the Christmas holiday. In contrast, five years later, in Allegheny County v. ACLU Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1989), the Court found the display of the crèche in a public building, ungarnished by other holiday decorations, to violate the Establishment Clause.
What's the secular purpose for praying for rain?
"government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine or organization..."
He is full of crap. The government affiliates itself with religious organizations all the time. There are likely hundreds of examples one could come up with. A military chaplain would be one. The original link I posted about prayer in Congress would be one.
But I only need to provide one example to prove the point wrong.
So... we apply that same test here.
18 pages, still no secular purpose for praying for rain.
The lawsuit is worthwhile, though I am not sure it is the best use of resources. Praying for rain is a complete waste of time.