Texas Governor Rick Perry rarely misses an opportunity to mix religion with politics, but he’s really going all out with his latest promotion. It seems he’s joined up with the nutcases at the American Family Association and issued a call for a day of prayer to address all the ills America suffers from today.
Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.
Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.
What a monumental waste of time and money. None of the problems Perry lists are “beyond our power to solve” so long as we’re willing to get off our asses and actually do something about it. Dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, in particular, tends to be much more manageable when we aren’t wasting time on our knees praying to an absentee deity.
This is nothing more than simple pandering toward the overtly religious and the cynical side of me thinks it’s probably in preparation for announcing his candidacy for President.
And it looks like I’m not the only one to think so:
The new event is the largest display of faith he has planned, and it occurs a week before the Iowa straw polls.
“It’s a continuation of his so-far successful effort to keep his name in the papers. He’s been maintaining a high profile — some think to run for president, others think for different reasons. This is surely that,” said Bruce Buchanan, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, whose specialties include presidential politics.
“It also bespeaks the kind of constituency that he wants to reach and address — what he thinks his base is, for whatever purposes he may have.”
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, called the rally “an obvious appeal to fundamentalist Christians, who comprise 60 percent of the turnout in the Iowa caucuses. It could be even higher in South Carolina, another early primary.”
Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, said she understood how some Republican Christians may be holding out hope for Perry to join the race, particularly after Mike Huckabee announced he would not run in 2012. Huckabee, who also used the restoration movement during his campaign, had been a favorite in Texas.
The only good thing about this event is that the nutcases at the AFA are paying for it rather than Texas taxpayers. Still, it’s aggravating to see someone so blatantly make use of division politics in such a way.
Granted, it is Texas and that’s sort of how they do things there, but still. You’d think he’d at least pretend to be running to represent all Americans and not just the far religious right.