Was looking at Twitter earlier and saw this.
Oh, yeah? So that means that The Response is expecting some weirdos. Since only certain Christians aren't welcome, the attendees don't have to do a side-eye to Catholics, or Methodists (not to mention non-Christian Jews, Muslims or atheists. I"m guessing that the more *conventional christians may be floored by the pentacostalists or other cultists that are attending. That's beyond the weirdos that may be up on the stage that they count as part of their team. From "Will The Response Fill the Seats on August 6th?"
The event lists supporters with lengthy track records of contentious commentary, including linking gays with the rise of Nazism, arguing Muslims should not have First Amendment rights and claiming talk show host Oprah is the forerunner to the Antichrist, as the Texas Independent previously reported.
and Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune: Why Would A Texan Baptist Pastor Object To Gov. Perry’s Prayer Meeting?
Setting aside Jesus' teaching that prayer should be private and not for show (Matt 6:5-6) or Isaiah's insistence that the fasting God prefers is feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and clothing the poor (Isa 58:6-8), calling this gathering "non-political" raises even church ladies' eyebrows. Will there be no political speeches or prayers in a seven hour meeting?
A clue to the content attendees can expect may be found in the outrageous political statements made by the event's sponsors. C. Peter Wagner advocates burning statues of Catholic saints and sacred objects of Mormons and Native Americans. John Hagee calls the Catholic Church the "Whore of Babylon" and advocates bombing Iran. John Benefiel insists the Statue of Liberty is an idol. And the main sponsor, the American Family Association, has been listed as a "hate group" for political rhetoric against homosexual Americans by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Are these the political allies Rick Perry chooses in running for the office that represents all Americans? To be sure, as a private citizen, he is entitled to his beliefs. But that begs the question about his religious beliefs. Citizens have a right to ask what he believes as their governor and potential presidential candidate, as was candidate Obama when questioned about his pastor's statements. To date, Perry has refused to voice disagreement with his allies' extreme views - leaving the people of Texas to assume he agrees with them.
Public prayer has a place in the life of a religious nation, but is properly based on our core values of religious liberty, pluralism, and the separation of church and state. Historically, leaders called for prayer in times of crisis to seek unity as a humble appeal to a Higher Power. At a critical moment of division in the nation, Governor Perry has excluded Jewish, Muslim, or other non-Christian believers as event sponsors, and included several Protestant leaders who regularly attack the Catholic faith. While people of all faiths are invited to attend, Eric Bearse, the spokesperson for the event, has suggested a key purpose of the gathering is to evangelize non-Christians: "That's what we want to convey, that there's acceptance and that there's love and that there's hope if people will seek out the living Christ."
Anyway, that first article indicates that so far the response to The Response hasn't been terrific.
Then there’s the question of attendance, whether Houston’s spacious Reliant Stadium, the prayer rally’s venue and home of the National Football League’s Houston Texans, will fill up on Aug. 6. Bearse says the number of registrants for “The Response” has grown from 6,000 RSVPs to 8,000 — a figure that still accounts for only a small fraction of the park’s 71,000-seat capacity.
“We are not really concerned with the quantity of people that come. It’s frankly more about the powerful event that will speak to those who do come,” said Bearse. “It’s never been about the numbers.”
Good thing because it looks like it's only going to attract the loonies.
The number of RSVPs is nearly equivalent to the more than 7,500 signatures on a critical open letter written by the watchdog group Texas Freedom Network, which is protesting the event organizers who Perry partnered with for the event, the American Family Association, a designated anti-gay hate group.
“If the turnout this weekend is as poor as it looks right now, that does seem to send a message. At some point pandering begins to look really cynical and transparent even to the folks who are being courted,” said TFN spokesman Dan Quinn. “I think most people get uncomfortable when they see politicians who so cravenly use appeals to religion to promote their own political careers.”
“And it can’t help that many of the people Gov. Perry has chosen to partner with on this are so nakedly partisan and are really the fringe of the fringe,” Quinn added. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of folks who might otherwise support Gov. Perry feel more than a little offended.”
Except for the ones that ARE fringe and are going to keep their eyes front and center to avoid looking at the people next to them or on the stage. I guess these people haven't been able to get tickets to the circus.
P.S. I am always a little amused when I see people that send out a PR link that says This Is What You Need To Know about the Response. Right. This is why the people who attend are like cult members. They can't even use The Google to find out because someone else does their thinking for them.
P.P.S Yup, and even the nutball in charge of the event will be keeing low key, probably got asked to by Perry.
Fischer, a prolific blogger and tweeter who has defended Perry in recent postings, said he would attend The Response only as one of the worshipers praying in the stadium.
“I will be coming. I do not have a role in the event,” Fischer said. "I will be praying along with the thousands of the others that will be there.” He said he agrees with Perry that "the issue on Saturday is the spiritual health and future of this nation. I share with him his concerns on that score and that’s why I will be there to fast and pray."