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GetEqual Protests Outside Rick Perry Prayer Event (Video)


In a move widely seen as the first step toward a presidential bid, Texas Governor Rick Perry today brought together an estimated 20,000 Evangelicals for a prayer event called "The Response."

Currently happening at Houston's Reliant Stadium, the Response features a slew of anti-gay groups and preachers, including the American Family Association and the Family Research Council.

Rather than standing by and letting Governor Perry's allies preach conservative homophobia, GetEqual Texas headed down to Reliant Stadium to protest the Evangelical event, marching and holding a mock funeral to raise awareness of anti-LGBT violence.

“Governor Perry called for prayer to confront the crisis faced by our nation. Sadly, those sponsoring the event are the cause of the crisis that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and their families are facing”,  Jay Morris, GetEQUAL Texas State Lead Organizer, said in a press release. “Religion and prayer should not be used as tools for bigotry and inequality.”

Another GetEqual activist, John Dean Domingue, the group's South Plains Coordinator, said in the same release that he's inspired by his own religious background: "Growing up in a loving Christian family, I was always taught that prayer means asking for protection, healing, and love. This event supports the use of prayer as a tool for violence — something every human being is morally obligated to refute and reject.”

Watch video of the group's funeral procession honoring LGBT people who have lost their lives to homophobia and transphobia, AFTER THE JUMP...

Video via GetEqual's Facebook:

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  1. Right on to them. Stand up for yourselves, even in the face of evangelists. These people know The Bible no better than anyone else, they just have a larger mouth. I wonder what they could chew on that would get them to quiet down. :)

    Ada, Legend of a Healer

    Posted by: Freedom | Aug 6, 2011 1:39:54 PM

  2. this country is supposed to be born on freedom and religious separation rick perry seems determined to christian sharia law on the country. he may be right for texas but not for the country. time to take the country back from right wing nut jobs.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 6, 2011 1:52:15 PM

  3. Perry used Obama stimulus to cover 97% of Texas deficit


    Texas slated to run 12 billion deficit 2012 budget

    Don't fall for the hype

    Posted by: say what | Aug 6, 2011 2:30:33 PM

  4. Muslim prayers = freedom of religion, diversity, multiculturalism

    (As in, hey, let's build a 9/11 mosque!)

    Christian prayers = "religious separation," "christian sharia law," "right wing nut jobs"

    Posted by: Max | Aug 6, 2011 2:31:18 PM

  5. @Max--research what these people stand for and what they preach about. They do, in fact, stand for the equivalent of Christian Sharia Law, are, in fact, right wing nut jobs, and deserve to be shunned, ridiculed and combatted.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Aug 6, 2011 2:53:11 PM

  6. StillmarriedinCA (cool name, btw), it was more a comment on how the Muslim equivalent, far more lethal, is given a free pass.

    Perhaps, however, the protest would be more suited for an anti-gay event, rather than a prayer for America? Unless I'm mistaken, the prayer didn't mention marriage at all. (Or am I wrong?)

    Posted by: Max | Aug 6, 2011 4:21:02 PM

  7. For one I believe in the U.S. Constitution. We all are guaranteed many right's. Then why are we having to fight for our right's again and again just because the right side of the political process want's the nation to believe that the U.S. Constitution does not say what it says. Just some other way to pervert our way of live.

    I would be glad when all of Gods children can live together in harmony and peace.
    HATE pervert's harmony.

    We have had war's upon war's because of hate. You would think we all would have learned how to live together in harmony instead of the Hate all way's getting
    in the way

    I shake my head at all this strife that is being talk about over our nation and it sickens me to no end to see and hear organization's that I always thought advocated peace and love preach against those of us that are LGBT.

    It make's me ashamed to call myself a Christian with this kind of hate they

    What ever happened to the saying love conquers all. or If you have love then let it shine before you so all will see it and want it too. It's so sad what we as a nation and world are being faced with today......

    Posted by: Miss Margaret | Aug 6, 2011 6:59:24 PM

  8. Rick Perry:

    Matthew 7-16:

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

    Yeah, some Christians

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 6, 2011 7:10:20 PM

  9. It is rather amusing how many people who are clearly not practicing Christians quote talking points like "it make's me ashamed to call myself a Christian with this kind of hate they spread". Either be a Christian or go make up your own little religion and see how it works for you- you can't have it both ways.

    Posted by: A Conservative Teacher | Aug 6, 2011 8:32:34 PM

  10. To a Conservative Teacher, you should add Hot Air to your blogroll.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 6, 2011 10:36:16 PM

  11. Perry and his type are just another group of CHINOs (Christian In Name Only) bringing in HATE toward our beautiful nation. They need to be continuosly exposed and ridiculed so that their divisiveness is kept away from our nation's government We have enough DC FANATICS that need to be taken out with the rest of the trash already.

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 7, 2011 10:04:10 AM

  12. @AConservativeTeacher: Who made you arbiter of who is or isn't Christian. If we're playing that game, try this on for size: Jesus said, "Judge not," but you're eager to judge who isn't a Christian. You ignore Jesus' example and teachings. So, you're not one" (admittedly, by this logic, I wouldn't be one, either.) Why not just stop playing the Pharisee?

    Posted by: Ambrose | Aug 7, 2011 11:59:36 AM

  13. You homosexuals are so cute when your collective poop chute is in an uproar.

    Posted by: locomotivebreath1901 | Aug 7, 2011 6:00:25 PM

  14. Kinda sad to see such a small handful of people show up ... was there no organization or planing leading up to this ?

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Aug 8, 2011 12:34:44 AM

  15. They do, in fact, stand for the equivalent of Christian Sharia Law, are, in fact, right wing nut jobs, and deserve to be shunned, ridiculed and combatted.

    Posted by: nike free 3.0 | Mar 5, 2012 9:26:08 PM

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