Saturday, June 11, 2011

Does Governor Perry have a PROBLEM with the separation of Church & State?

Though he continues to deny it publically, close associates of Governor Rick Perry reportedly say that he's considering a White House bid. How could his run be impacted by his plans for a statewide day of prayer in Texas? Perry's seeking God's guidance in solving the nation's problems, but critics have called it a blatant violation of the separation of church and state.
Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, spoke to Gretchen about whether this shows a favoritism toward Christianity that will hurt Perry politically. Perkins says that over 80% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, and "To say that we're going to have prayer, that's not out of the mainstream, that is the mainstream."

Governor Perry has teamed up with the American Family Association. Here is The the American Family Association pushing the event FOR PERRY:

Here is a humorous RESPONSE to the Perry event:

Just another TIDBIT from the home of the first 2012 testing ground:
Contrary to earlier reports from other media outlets that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad had signed a letter urging Iowans to participate in a day of prayer and fasting at the behest of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Branstad’s office says the governor merely received a letter from Perry asking Branstad and the other 48 governors to “calling upon your constituents to join us in prayer for our nation on August 6″ in a May 23 proclamation.
Branstad declined to make such a proclamation.
Do you think that Governor Perry may have a Problem with the separation of church & state? Or at least, do you think he may be DANCING AROUND in a large grey area?


Anonymous said...

I didn't realize this about perry.

He makes Huckabee look like an atheist.

Ohio JOE said...

"Perry's seeking God's guidance in solving the nation's problems" Hello, most Americans and most American Presidents have at least said a prayer to something that they believe to be their Creator even if they never going to Church. Shhhhh, guess what, neither the world nor the country came to an end. Further, these prayers and Church events have not appeared to hurt Texas. You know the state he governs?

Anyway, he is a third tier candidate and all this excitement about him cracks me up. Extreme group like the ACLU might have a problem with a prayer here or there, most most Texans and Americans do not.

Shhhh, maybe some should try praying to GOD sometimes, you might be Blessed. Haha, silly me, all Blessing come from the Government and not from GOD.

BTW, I am not of Mr. Perry's religion and he is not one of my top three choices for President. Oh the horror of it all.

Gail from Texas said...

I have a problem with it.

We don't elect Governors or Presidents for that matter to coordinate national days of prayer and fasting.

There is nothing wrong to ask people to pray for certain outcomes, but a national event in a stadium and asking all states to participate, is over the line.

Anonymous said...


It seems rather fishy to me. And yes, to answer your question.


Anonymous said...

OJ, You're right, I don't think most Americans have a problem with prayer, nor should they. I believe in the power of fasting and prayer. Our nation could certainly use all the help it can get.

But I think people might have a problem with an opportunistic governor who uses an event like this to set himself to gain favor with religious right voters. And they might have a problem with Perry crossing the line as he has in this case. I do.

Perry's not third tier if he gets in--he'll be competitive. There's a lot of things I don't like about him, so I would hate to see him advance too far. Just my opinion.


Ohio JOE said...

He he, might be first tier some day, but his support right now is rather low outside Texas and OK, and even then. He doing a bit better than Mr. Johnson and Mr. Huntsman, but according to polls, that is not saying much.

Anonymous said...

Perry's starting to take the heat of being associated with the AFA. Does he believe the hateful things they spout? If not, why did he choose them?


Revolution 2012 said...

Organizing a large national religious day of prayer and fasting, has NO PLACE in government.

Ohio JOE said...

And what are the hateful things they sprout? Do they want certain people deported or something? What is the deal?

Anonymous said...

"What is the deal?"

The "Deal" is the separation of church and state. If Perry wants to publicly do Gods work, let him resign and do it on his own dime.

Anonymous said...

OJ, Read up a little.

The AFA/Bryan Fischer and co. have a habit of spouting off hateful comments about Mormons, gays, and you name it. They are against anyone/anything that doesn't fit their particular brand of 'Christianity", and I use the term very loosely in their case.

They can do that until the cows come home for all I care. What I do care about is seeing politicians align themselves with these yahoos in order to attract votes.


BOSMAN said...

I know I don't want a bible thumper in the White House.

Anonymous said...

ONLY God can solve this country's problems... we need to pray!

AnnoyedTexan said...

Might I remind you all that: the idea of separation of Church and State, as stated by the founders of our nation was to separate the Church from the critisizms and views of the government, it was further stated by our founding fathers that the Church should ALWAYS be incorporated into our government's central beliefs.

Oh, and yes, praying to God for a weather phenomenon to occur IS idealistic, unless you have a better way of controlling the weather. There is nothing wrong with it, especially due to the fact that statistically speaking, Christianity is the largest, most widely accepted religion in America. So, NO this is not "over the line", it is just fine...if you have a problem with it, then go read the Constitution AND read the explainations of its meaning, as given by the framers of it.