day of prayer and fasting for our troubled nation" at Reliant Stadium on Aug. 6. Sponsors represent a range of Christian views, but some clearly are outside the mainstream. For example, the event is being sponsored by the American Family Association, whose spokesman has said homosexuals founded the Nazi Party. One of the sponsors, Colorado evangelical C. Peter Wagner, has advocated burning the statues of Catholic saints and other non-Protestant religious objects. San Antonio megapastor John Hagee preaches an end-times theology that advocates bombing Iran. Oklahoma City evangelist John Benefiel says the Statue of Liberty is "a demonic idol."
Perry, who is considering running for president, has made it clear the day-long prayer summit was his idea and is his event. So it is fair to link Perry to some of the more controversial ideas of his sponsors - any more than it was fair to tie Obama to Wright? What are the limits of guilt by association? Does Obama own the views of Wright? Is Perry responsible when some of those he's partnered with who have unorthodox views? What is the responsibility of somebody in public life when organizing a religious event with sponsors others might find offensive? (active link and emphasis is mine)Here is Oklahoma City Evangelist John Benefiel on the Statue of Liberty:
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