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Brownback Requests That Kansas ‘Fast And Pray’ As He Departs Office

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback asked that state residents fast and pray during his last full day as governor before he leaves to serve as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

Brownback called for citizens to pray and fast Tuesday, his last full day in office before he resigns at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, making it his last proclamation as governor of Kansas, according to The Wichita Eagle. Brownback announced the proclamation in the spirit of former President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, publicly thanking God for his tenure as governor and his opportunity to serve as ambassador, to which the Senate confirmed him Jan. 24.

“President George Washington, in his 1795 Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving called on Americans ‘to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience,'” Brownback said in the proclamation. “I personally feel blessed by the time I have spent serving our great state and would like to observe a time of prayer and fasting before God takes me on to the next part of my journey. I invite all Kansans to join me as we pray for our state and our nation.”

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will assume the office of the governor of Kansas Wednesday with an inauguration ceremony at the Kansas Capitol.

Brownback will resign as governor on less than amicable terms with local Kansans, as many of them severely disapprove of his economic policies, particularly his tax cuts which saw Kansas’ deficit skyrocket, despite state government spending reductions.  LGBT and feminist groups also decried his nomination as international religious freedom ambassador, citing his stances against LGBT agendas and his perceived lack of vocal support for women’s rights. Evangelical conservatives largely hailed Brownback’s nomination, however, given his track record of outspoken support for religious liberties during his tenure in Congress.

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