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Politics Runs Deep In Rick Perry's Prayer Speech


Rick Perry vowed last week that his appearance at an Evangelical prayer event would remain "apolitical," yet his speech today definitely blended church and state.

"Lord, you are the source of every good thing. You are our only hope, and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, and humility for our sins," said the Texas governor and potential presidential candidate.

Perry, who reportedly peppered his speech with prayers, then went on to delve into the nation's political issues, "Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness.”

He later remarked, "I Iove this country deeply. Thank you all for being here — indeed the only thing that you love more is the living Christ.”

Meanwhile, activists outside the event said the right wing Westboro Baptist Church picketed the gathering, although for far different reasons than pro-gay group GetEqual Texas. Westboro was vastly outnumbered by peaceful protesters, witnesses say.

Watch YouTube video of Perry's 13-minute speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Too difficult to listen to all this preaching by an elected state official. Is he running to be a preacher like Huckabee or Pat Robertson? His public prayer event sponsored by a hate group, on the stage with preachers who sow discord, presiding over executions of prisoners, preaching a god of love who may relent and bring blessing out of curses. What a garbage religion. Nothing like the Jesus to whom he refers.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 6, 2011 5:23:01 PM

  2. A gay group protests WITH the Westboro Baptist Church. Now I've seen it all.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 6, 2011 5:28:24 PM

  3. Rick Perry is allegedly bisexual but too ashamed to admit it.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 6, 2011 6:49:47 PM

  4. The country cannot survive another idiot governor from Texas. Will it be necessary to have a Second Civil War to finally separate church and state? These religious people are entitled to their private beliefs, but they are not entitled to remake the country to conform with their twisted notions from the Bronze age. Our liberties are "inalienable", which means, no matter how much they believe in Jesus or whomever, they are not empowered to take away our fundamental liberties, including the right to live free from pernicious religious influence.

    Posted by: RWG | Aug 6, 2011 7:08:36 PM

  5. We are closing schools, laying people off. Families are being foreclosed on and being put out in the streets. And all this Republican running for President can do is talk about is, praying it all away. It is a good money maker for him, but we have bigger things to do. We need to start looking at what is best for the country. Not his own religion’s views. This could end up being a great danger for us all.

    Posted by: cb | Aug 6, 2011 8:10:49 PM

  6. AMEN! (to RWG)
    this has bothered me for quite some time--you/they/me have the right to our beliefs BUT do not have the right to impose those beliefs on others.

    Posted by: tinhouston | Aug 6, 2011 8:15:19 PM

  7. Oh d@mn

    This means everything will get worse

    At the beginning of the drought in Texas Perry staged a day of prayer and fasting for rain and the drought worsened to encompass the whole state and hasn't let up

    Logically then everything he prayed for at this shindig is going to get a hell of a lot worse now

    Posted by: say what | Aug 6, 2011 9:51:50 PM

  8. Forgive me for being shallow for a moment, but I find Rick Perry somewhat odd looking. Maybe he's had a little too much sun.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 6, 2011 10:15:04 PM

  9. Romney can't get the nomination without Evangelical support/approval. Perry is there to be the quid pro quo V.P. nominee to cement the "marriage" made in hell.

    Posted by: Von Lmo | Aug 6, 2011 10:17:42 PM

  10. He's deluded, and apparently stupid too.

    Posted by: evan | Aug 6, 2011 11:54:17 PM

  11. Perry scares me, and even has me praying, and I'm an Atheist! I'm 74 , and ever since I could vote, Republican candidates always use the code word... abortion. I only wished Perry's mother believed in abortion! I wonder how many Republicans and Christians who are so against abortion, ever adopted a child? Yet they are against gay couples getting married or adopting children. They are hate mongers in the name of God.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Aug 7, 2011 2:52:01 AM

  12. These people are certifiably insane. This kind of psychosis would be met with a trip to the psych ward, but here in AmeriCo, it's given a platform on FoxNews and encouraged to run for president...

    Posted by: Carl | Aug 7, 2011 4:07:11 AM

  13. Um... Andy: "Watch YouTube video of Perry's 13-minute speech" is about as appealing to me as seeing an ad to "Volunteer for explosive diarrhea research."

    Posted by: mld | Aug 7, 2011 4:16:15 AM

  14. He has zero chance.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 7, 2011 6:12:03 AM

  15. Yet another example of a laughing stock. These scumbags are an embarrassment to this country. It was bad enough with that other moron, Bush, now this parade of clowns, the face of the GOP. Why is it we're producing so many of these religious nutjobs, more than any other western country? What does this say about us as a nation?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 7, 2011 8:00:47 AM

  16. This is the nominee.

    Posted by: Morning Tundra | Aug 7, 2011 8:19:30 AM

  17. Can you say Pander?? Maybe we can pray the teabaggers away!

    Posted by: billmiller | Aug 7, 2011 9:03:56 AM

  18. Sounds like Perry and his ilk believe in "Spiritual Socialism". They think they can just "pray" their ills away, that their God will take care of everything.

    Back here in the real world, we know it's going to take a hell of a lot more than just praying things get better. Nothing's going to change unless we demand of our elected representatives that they get off their collective privileged fat asses, roll up their sleaves, as only they are in a position to do, and get something done for the people of this country. Jobs anyone?

    This bickering and fighting like school children has got to stop. The country's continued existence depends on it.

    Grow up!

    Posted by: mytwocents | Aug 7, 2011 9:31:37 AM

  19. say it with me brothers and sisters....."JOBS, JOBS, JOBS" and jesus aint hiring.

    Posted by: stevenelliotelliot | Aug 7, 2011 10:26:12 AM

  20. Actually this blog posting is misleading. While the poster seems to try to lead that Perry's speech and prayer were heavily laden with politics, in reality they weren't. They addressed known problems in America without implying political stance on them. Maybe you need to understand what a prayer is and what a political statement is.

    In fact, every major news organization, especially those in Texas who were hoping for politics to enter the stage, are reporting that Perry put politics aside for the event.

    I'm no Perry fan by any stretch but I'm also less of a fan of biased blogging that misstates facts. The credibility of your blog entry is lacking and your intent is expressed.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 7, 2011 11:23:22 AM

  21. Will agree with RBEARSAT. What was prayed is not political just asking God (and I know some of us hate the idea of there being a God)to lead us and guide us in this time of fear and not knowing what will happen next. As well as helping us to learn to be more civil and compassionate with one another which I am all for.

    But I sure hated that it was headed up by AFA. This organization is headed up by extreme right wing conservatives that pretend to be the voice of God to the conservative/evangelical world. They were in fact the same group who at one time wrote down the license plates of people who frequented a gay bar in Mississippi and then had the license plate numbers revealed on their radio station the next day. To create shame and fear in men and women being open to who they are. With Rick Perry doing this then I know what his stance will be on us in the lbgt community which I will stand and fight against because that belief is steeped in fear, lies and ignorant dogma.

    Posted by: Jeff Coe | Aug 7, 2011 12:39:01 PM

  22. Jeff Coe I'm with you on the AFA thing. You should read the comment forums in Texas papers today about this event. As I've pointed out in those forums, granted this was an interestingly timed event for Perry being just a month away from an anticipated announcement for presidential candidacy. However, it's more of a rally for AFA, FRC, and FotF than anything.

    What I found more interesting was that Rev. John Hagee followed Perry in the program. I'm not sure why that timing. Perry came in the "Prayer for America" section and Hagee came in the "Prayer for Israel" section (which makes sense, given his position on Israel). But it does make for interesting timing.

    Wayne Slater writes in the DMN that Perry seems to be following Bush's lead in putting together a Christian advance team. http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/08/perrys-christian-advance-mirro.html

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 7, 2011 4:06:49 PM

  23. Even if Rick didn't speak "politically" during the prayer rally, make no mistake that it was a political rally, one that used the political resources of his office, along with anti-gay-family hate groups, which too are politically driven, to send the so-called prayerful messages. The prayer was, in essence, a front for motivating his Christian zealot base in advance of his presumed presidential run.

    Without his politics, which aim to turn the US into a theocracy where religious beliefs and bigotry trump rational thought, science, civil and secular rights, and the separation of church and state, there would be no point for him to have presided over such a rally. Individuals have the right to turn to God, or whatever they happen to believe in, but God does not lead this country, and those who have appointed themselves representatives of their God, have no business mingling their personal religious beliefs with their political aspirations.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 7, 2011 4:20:44 PM

  24. iff he is elected, or even nominated... BAD things WILL happen... by my own hand, if need be

    Posted by: William D. Wilkerson | Aug 7, 2011 8:12:58 PM

  25. What this country needs is another evangelical president who is the former governor of Texas ... NOT!

    Posted by: JDSwell | Aug 7, 2011 11:24:05 PM

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