because, apparently, the United States government is only for those who are Christian.
Rick Perry is part of a Christian event being held in Houston on August 6th and Wonder of Wonders, has used his governor position to, gasp, declare THAT DAY a Day of Prayer and Fasting. Same day that all the nation's governors have been invited to. Dare one say that Perry is using his political power to pander to the religous right in sponsorship with a particular organization? Yup. I dare. Here's what Ken Herman of the A-AS said:
This is from the Response website: "We want the presence, power and person of Christ to fill our nation and turn the hearts of millions to righteousness, peace and joy in Him."
I'm sure you'll tell me if I'm being oversensitive here, but is it possible to read into that sentence the sentiment that our nation's only hope for the future lies in belief in Christ? If so, then I guess I'm part of the problem, not the solution, and I need to get on board with the majority religion if I am interested in curing our country's ills.
More from the website:
"As a nation, we must come together, call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy according to His grace, mercy and kindness towards us."
"We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory."
It seems the guiding principle behind the Response is that everybody must believe in that in order for us to get out of the mess we're in today.
And I'm not even sure I'm invited to the Response. "People of all ages, races, backgrounds and Christian denominations will be in attendance to proclaim Jesus as savior and pray for America," says the website.
That doesn't include Jews or Muslims or atheists. Texas Tribune had an interview with Tim Wildmon-
"It's not just Jews or Muslims. It's anybody that rejects the free gift of salvation through Christ. The Bible teaches there's heaven and hell. Those who believe go to heaven. Those who don't go to hell." — Tim Wildmon, the president of the American Family Association, the group sponsoring Gov. Rick Perry's August prayer event
So, in Texas, the State Religion is Christianity, with an elected official making sure that every citizen in Texas knows it. Texas Tribune
Perry's former speechwriter, Austin-based consultant Eric Bearse, is handling the significant and growing media attention for the event. Asked if Jews, Muslims or other non-Christian worshipers would be invited to attend, Bearse noted the event was free to registered guests regardless of faith.
"It was [Perry's] inclination for the event in Houston to host a Christian prayer service. It was with malice toward none," Bearse said. "It's a Christian service."
What's egregious is that Perry is now trying to involve all the other governors of OTHER United States in this farce too. Of course, everyone knows that really he wants all those governors to kiss his ring, get on their knees before HIM and crown him
Pope, Oh, I mean, President-In-Waiting.
P.S. This is the second time Perry has misused his elected office to call for prayer, at least that I remember. Does he not think that elections, politics and votes work? Oops, guess not. Then why doesn't he go join the ministry?
"Here we go again,” Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy said. "Here is another politician who even if sincere in the invitation is suggesting that prayer is a public political tool for accomplishing his purposes, his purposes he favors for an agenda for the nation. You don't have to travel from New Jersey to Houston to pray. If you're serious about praying usually that's done most authentically and most persistently alone."
If you follow that logic, you'll avoid politics and just sit on your proverbial waiting for your prayers to come true. The other time was a couple of months ago asking for God to send water for the drought. Yeah, we know how that worked out, can you say Nutty? How about government show respect for ALL religions instead of trying to involve government further? Perry is not King Henry VIII.
P.S. I have read that not many governors have said they would come. Maybe they don't want to be associated with a religious hate group, the American Family Association, that characterized black women as wanting to *rut like rabbits*. Perry is not so scrupulous, or maybe he doesn't care about any but the fringe White Men vote -bwahahah.
UPDATE =and here's Rick *I Compare Myself to Jesus* Perry going his plug for the event. Wonder if that's where he might actually declare for president, so that he can mix Politics and Religion. Anyway, the question one should ask Perry is, Why the Fool are you Telling People To Pray to Solve their Problems? Isn't That what we ELECTED you for???????? Sheesh.
Gov. Perry's Invitation to The Response from The Response USA on Vimeo.