Positioning himself as a possible presidential contender
, Perry appears intent to bring a joining of church and state into Houston’s Reliant Stadium on August 6, with special hosting and funding being provided by the American Family Association (AFA), a group which has been called an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“As an elected leader, I am all too aware of government’s limitations when it comes to fixing things that are spiritual in nature. That’s where prayer comes in and we need it more than ever,” Perry said in a video message
The governor claimed people are “adrift in a sea of moral relativism” and because of their drift, should seek god’s help as they pray and fast, “like Jesus did and as god called the Israelites to do.”
Struggling with the multi-syllable relativism in the video, Perry is sounding more and more like Texas’ previous governor, George W. Bush, with each passing day, forcing some to ask what’s in the state’s water. Except for the fact the state is in a drought of exceptional proportions and has been plagued by blistering wildfires this year, it’s easy to see there’s not much extra water lying around these parts.
Crazy politicians, on the other hand, appear to be flooding the national scene, gaining momentum without much effort. On his TheResponse
website, Perry states
There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.
An editorial in the June 11 edition of the Houston Chronicle
noted: “There could hardly be a more divisive, unforgiving group than the American Family Association” as host of Perry’s prayer event, PR Watch
Backing up such a statement from a leading paper was relatively easy, as PR Watch notes Bryan Fischer, AFA’s Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy, said in 2010: “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
With fire and brimstone, and presumably god, on his side, Fischer took his vitriol to another level in February 2011 when he wrote in a blog post
(pdf) Native Americans are culturally and morally inferior because they’ve not accepted Christianity in their lives.
“In all the discussions about the European settlement of the new World, one feature has been conspicuously absent: the role that the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil,” Fischer blogged.
Depending on one’s point of view, it gets better, or worse. “The native American tribes at the time of the European settlement and founding of the United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare for hundreds of years, and practiced the most debased forms of sexuality” Fischer wrote.
Fischer went on to suggest if Native Americans had accepted organized religion into their lives, they would not be in the throes of alcoholism and poverty they are in today. “Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture,” he continued. He made no mention of one of the greatest human rights violations in the history of this country.
Whether one bothers reading Fischer’s self-proclaimed “thesis” is irrelevant. What matters most is his association with a potential Republican candidate for president of the US.
To make sure all his bases are covered, Perry’s prayer day - he actually tried one of these on a smaller scale in April when he proclaimed the Easter holiday weekend as days of prayer for rain
, to help ease the ungodly drought the state is experiencing, it’s third worst in recorded history and as expected, little to no rain has come as a result - also will have the ignominious Rev. John Hagee of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church as a prayer day event sponsor.
Hagee made his pact with god during a 2006 interview
when he said Hurricane Katrina was god’s answer to New Orleans’ plans for a gay pride parade.
It is not difficult to imagine Reliant Stadium, with a seating capacity in excess of 70,000, filled to the brim with Perry supporters, including the fine folks of the AFA, Cornerstone Church, and Republicans in general.
By joining in his “nondenominational” gathering, Perry states people can be a part of “something even bigger than Texas.”