According to a list obtained by EthicsDaily.com, among the attendees at the meeting were several Southern Baptist leaders: Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas who recently suggested on Fox News that Obama was a Muslim; Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Richard Lee, pastor and the editor of the controversial The American Patriot's Bible; and former North American Mission Board head Bob Reccord, who now heads the semi-secretive group the Council for National Policy, founded by Tim LaHaye. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and son of the late founder of the Moral Majority, was scheduled to attend but couldn't make it.
Kaylor reported in June that although Robison denied that his group was supporting a particular candidate—in fact, the group was divided over who to support, as was the religious right leadership in 2008—the televangelist appears to be a prime motivator of Perry's prayer rally scheduled for August 6. His group did not just participate in a single phone call, as Amy Sullivan reported at TIME, but gathered for a two-day meeting June 21-22, which was a follow-up to a meeting Robison convened last September.
The same day that Robison wrote in a blog post that "Christians must respond to the invitation issued by the prophet Joel to 'return to God'," Perry announced his rally, saying, "Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response."
CP: You mentioned a "tide of immorality" sweeping the nation. What are some of the issues you think Christians are facing in America today?
Jefferss: One thing that I'll be talking about in the series is how Christians should vote. John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, said "It is our duty to prefer and select Christians as our leaders." In the Old Testament days, the spiritual direction of the country was directed by the king. If it were a righteous king, the nation was blessed by God; if it were an unrighteous king, then the nation was cursed by God.
In our democracy, we get to choose our leaders. Although I'm not going to tell our people who to vote for in the 2012 election, I'm going to talk about what criteria every Christian ought to use to select a candidate for office, including the president's.
John Jay was an anti-catholic bigot. Just like Jeffress. We live in America. For ALL People, regardless of their religion or no religion. I"ve been thinking that these religious phonies know that the only way they can get power is to try to hook their wagons to political people. Rober Jeffress is just as much a part of a cult religion as any other.
When my family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas from a pretty isolated (mostly Lutheran) part of Iowa in 1990, we didn't know much about evangelical Christians and their crusade against homosexuality. There was a megachurch there, First Baptist, and the pastor at the time was this FLAMING QUEEN named Robert Jeffress (pronounced with a cartoonishly effeminate Southern drawl).
I remember the first time we ever saw him on TV, my mom was like, "Wow! It's pretty progressive that the big ass Baptist church has a gay preacher." Well, as it turned out, of course, Jeffress is NOT openly gay. He is however one of the meanest little self-hating closet cases I've ever had the misfortune of meeting. In 1998, he made a huge production about STEALING two books, "Heather has Two Mommies" and "Daddy's Roommate" from the public library, presumably so he could spank to them in privacy. Now he presides over First Baptist Church in Dallas, where he routinely perpetrates the same kind of gay-hating assholery for attention.
Hey gays: I got a proposition for you. I know this little shit is revolting--and his nuts probably smell like the inside of your grandma's purse--but will someone PLEASE step up and take one for the team, then send photos to The Stranger so they can help take this queen DOWN?