- The Washington Times - Friday, August 7, 2009

There’s an app for that, too

Everyone reaches out to God in his or her own way. And it has been that way for eons.

Now, leave it up to a teen who lives in a cul-de-sac in Northern California to come up with a new approach.

You’ve probably seen or heard the Apple iPhone commercials that say, “There’s an app for that.”

Well, credit Allen Wright, 17, of Fair Oaks, Calif., with coming up with a common-sense application. Called “A Note to God,” it allows users to send prayers into cyberspace and read others’ prayers - and everyone remains anonymous.

Allen, who says his favorite application allows him to call up scripture, is being raised by his dad following his parents’ divorce. The family has seen some tough times lately, including the death of a baby cousin.

Such an outlet for prayer could prove helpful.

More than 20,000 proposals were sent to Medi Mobile, a Los Angeles start-up that is developing applications for Apple.

One application, iCanHearU, acts like a virtual hearing aid by amplifying ambient sounds. Another, I’mInTown, was proposed by a traveling salesman who wanted an easy way to alert his contacts when he arrived at a new location.

In his “A Note To God” proposal, Allen said, “I think there should be an app for those times that you don’t have anyone to talk to so that you can write a note to God.”

Now hear this

Religion and government do mix.

So said Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday in San Antonio at New Life Christian Center, where Jewish traditions are blended with Christian worship.

During his remarks, Mr. Perry, a Methodist, challenged the congregation to “speak up to defend those whose rights are being eroded by an increasingly secular culture.” He also said it is important to understand the biblical roots of the Mideast conflict.

“I fully believe that the situation there illustrates God’s powerful love for the nation of Israel and his desire for it to endure until the end of time,” Mr Perry said. “And it’s your passionate support … and your embrace of your Jewish roots - our Jewish roots - that make for an even deeper experience of the fullness of God’s love.”

He also said that during this time of “great spiritual battle” and faithful people “need to be actively engaged.”

The governor’s messages drew approval from the congregation, including the one regarding secularism and government.

“You know, they’re telling us which cars to buy and which lightbulbs to use now,” Mr. Perry said.

But, he added, “it is quite different and, I would say, extreme to say that our laws should not be inspired and informed by the views of the faithful. Freedom of religion is not to be confused with freedom from religion.”

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