Search This Blog

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This man could be the Republican presidential candidate.

Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a day-long event of prayer and fasting Aug. 6 at a sports stadium in Houston is a dramatic escalation of government meddling in religion. Called “The Response,” the event is being coordinated by the American Family Association (AFA), an extreme Religious Right group, as well as other far-right religious groups and figures with controversial theological and political ideas. The rally is exclusively Christian in nature; in fact, it reflects a certain type of Christianity – the fringes of fundamentalism.

What brought this about? Perry’s theological allies claim that America is being punished by God for its wicked ways. They see a national day of repentance as the solution.

On The Response’s website, Perry writes, “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

No separation of church and state in Rick Perry's world.

With Romney looking more and more like the putative candidate among those who have already announced it's looking more and more as though Perry will step into the race.

Here's a better idea than prayer. Good government that does the things government does, or should do effectively, a little bit of sanity on climate change and a fucking calculator used by people with brains, like real economists.

If the results of Perry's weekend of prayer in late April for rain are any indication we're fucked. Here's a graphic image of how successful that prayer shindig worked.

Above:  A map of drought area on April 26 a couple of days after Perry's weekend of prayer.

Here's the most recent map of the drought in Texas.  Rick, has it occurred to you that maybe God thinks you're an asshole/.  

No comments: