Rick Perry, the delightful man running the state of Texas as its governor, spent yesterday leading 30,000 people in prayer. The rally, called The Response, was touted by Perry as a time to pray for the country, because he doesn't have any answers to the rising job, economic, debt, (etc.) crises...so let's ask god.
He called it a non-denominational event open to all...you know...except you have to pray to the Christian god, and it's being led by about a half dozen of the most racist, bigoted zealots this nation has ever birthed. There's the guy who says Japan's economy is failing because the president had sex with a demon. The guy who said Oprah is a sign of the antiChrist. The guy who said that the Christian god sent the Nazis to kill all the Jews. And, of course, all of them hate the gays and can't wait to roast marshmallows on their burning corpses when they get to Hell. (Of course, if they can help them get down there faster, all the better.)
Some excerpts from his prayer(s) have been making the rounds in the news:
“Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry said as he led the crowd in prayer. "We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, blesses us, and that we cry out for your forgiveness.”
“Our hearts do break for those who suffer, those afflicted by the loss of loved ones, the pain of addiction, the strife that they may find at home – those who have lost jobs, who have lost their homes, people who have lost hope."
“Loving God, forgive us our many sins: for being judgmental, unloving, focused on ourselves, lacking in mercy, hypocritical,” he said. “We are sinful and flawed; use us anyway, by and for your glory and purposes that we may all live quiet and peaceful lives. We need you. America needs you. I pray this in your name.”
While I appreciate the idea of calling the nation to pray for our country, I don't like the way he is going about this. Nor do I like the manner in which he has pretty much said, "Well, I don't really have any good ideas for fixing the country. How about we pray!" And...that's nice...but it doesn't fix anything. It makes evangelical Christians feel better, and to them this is doing something. But, for those of us a little more practical, or simply not Christian, I cannot see this as anything other than pseudo-political posturing.
This reminds me of when George W. Bush won the 2004 elections and said that he now had a mandate from God. Yep, that worked out.
Rick Perry's ideas are not the kind we need in Washington. Has Obama done a 100% job of making everyone happy? No. Could anybody? Absolutely not. But, at least we're not under a theocratic form of Christianized government following the reckless mentality of saying "damned the laws, I'm doing things however I want." We have a separation of church and state in this country, and I cannot in any way see how this does not violate that separation. If you want to be a politician, then recognize that you are not a Christian preacher. And vice versa.
What do YOU think about The Response?
Update! The full video of the longest continuously serving U.S. Governor, three-term Texas politician (who likes to just ignore things like the Vienna Convention when it suits him) giving a Christian sermon is below for your viewing pleasure.
Love and Lyte,