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Rick Perry’s prayer rally a failed hot mess of hypocrisy

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Luckily I was away at a family reunion — celebrating actual love — so I missed Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s hot mess of a rally on Saturday.

But Right Wing Watch made videos of certain scenes. And they just kill me. How in the world can some of these people dare to pray to God for deliverance for the nation while ignoring their own sins?

People like Tony Perkins of the hate group, Family Research Council, pseudo historian David Barton who had made a career out of not only verbally bashing the gay community but also manipulating history to suit his beliefs, and Don Wildmon, head of another anti-gay hate group the American Family Association.

If you ever want to get an idea as to why Christianity is getting a bad reputation in this country, these folks are the culprits:

But there is some good news coming out of this. Box Turtle Bulletin says that rally was a failure in three regards:

Rick Perry

Houston’s Reliant Stadium hold 71,000 people, but according to officials with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response” prayer rally, about 30,000 people showed up. That should mean that the stadium would be half full. Doesn’t look like it to me. Failure #1.

Perry also sent invitations to every governor in the nation to attend his rally. The only one to show up was Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida made a video that was played in the stadium. Only two others out of at least forty-nine — that’s failure #2.

The American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon addressed criticisms of the wholesale obliteration of the lines between church and state as represented by a religious revival organized by a political executive by saying “no political candidates will be speaking.” Candidate, perhaps not — although please, does anyone not believe Perry is running for president — but the criticism stems from two current, elected governors speaking from the stage with another one phoning it in. These aren’t just candidates. They are current office-holders sworn to uphold the Constitution. Failure #3.

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