Rick Perry's Prayerapalooza: Protests Start To Simmer

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Rick Perry's courageously craven call for the nation's 50 governors to come to Houston to pray isn't exactly being met with unanimous hosannas.

There's already a Facebook page up organizing protests of the August 6 event at Reliant Stadium, and other groups have chimed in about the controversial organizers of Prayerstock, formally known as "The Response."

The organizer that seems to piss most people off is the American Family Association, whose officials are famous for calling SpongeBob SquarePants gay and, while they're at it, calling for Muslims to be converted or bombed and for gays to be barred from holding political office.

Houston GLBT Political Caucus has publicly denounced Perry's partnership with AFA.

"AFA is a recognized hate group. Its primary existence is to demonize GLBT Americans and oppose equality." said Caucus president Noel Freeman. "It is abhorrent that Governor Perry would choose to kickoff his presidential ambitions in partnership with a hate group that refers to us as Nazis, claims the Holocaust was caused by the GLBT community, and supports the eradication of people living with HIV."

Don't get them wrong, they said, they like the hell out of praying:

While the Caucus is a strong proponent of religious freedom, and encourages its members and others to exercise their constitutional right to exercise that religious freedom, the line must be drawn when the governor of the great State of Texas asks a hate group to serve as his primary partner in an event of this nature. Such a partnership serves as nothing more than an assault on the GLBT community.

"Governor Perry's partnership with AFA is very telling of his opinion of the GLBT community, which is surprising, considering the number of gay and lesbian staff who have worked in his office over the years." Freeman said. "We encourage all members of the GLBT community and those others who support equality and oppose hate to stand by our side in condemning this reprehensible act by Governor Perry and demand he exclude AFA from this event."

Some protesters are urging residents of other states to write to their governors to inform them about AFA's stands. It's safe to say Perry won't get the full contingent of 49 colleagues there.

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Continuum
Continuum

Houston's Art group Continuum respond to The response, no need to discriminate against other religions, simply use the power of your own mind to bring upon rain, it kind of worked in Houston, four days after this performance on July 2nd , it started raining 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Kenneth Michael Montville
Kenneth Michael Montville

Rick Perry's assault on the GLBTQ community, his collusion with the AFA (a known hate group), and using his clout as governor of a state to erode the establishment clause is something which as an outsider amazes me. I host a weekly podcast that investigates religious and faith issues and we are organizing a trip to Houston for this event so we can get interviews from people on both sides.

You can check out our campaign to get to Texas for this event here: http://igg.me/p/31236?a=167087...

Marvin Vann
Marvin Vann

Progressive people of faith in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are organizing an on-site protest against the American Family Association‘s co-sponsoring of Gov. Perry‘s “prayer assembly“ in Houston on August 6th at the Reliant Stadium. We are intent on holding a respectful, loving, nonviolent and well-publicized protest that makes it clear that what the AFA preaches is not the gospel. A number of prominent progressive church leaders from the Dallas/Fort Worth area have signed on, though the protest will be led by lay people. We hope we will be joined by folks from throughout the state and beyond. Our first organizational meeting will be at 2PM on Saturday, June 18, at Fort Worth First Congregational Church UCC, 4201 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth. For more information, visit our Facebook event page: Hate Speech Is Not The Gospel Rally and/or join our Facebook Group: Hate Speech Is Not the Gospel.

Rachel Tabachnick
Rachel Tabachnick

This event not only excludes non-theist and non-Christians, but the organizers are from groups that have a very narrow view of Christianity.  In addition to the American Family Association, the events leadership is from Lou Engle's The Call and Mike Bickle's International House of Prayer, both New Apostolic.  The apostles demonize Roman Catholicism and believe they must aggressively proselytize Jews in order to advance the end times.

Tandcw
Tandcw

whoa! Iowa here I come, and I'm a true believer! vote for me...vote for me...vote for me....

Jbla99
Jbla99

You're crazy if you think the AFA is a hate group. Do some research. And the man has a right to pray if he wants...thank goodness for freedom of religion. If you don't like it, then don't listen.

FreeThinkingTexan
FreeThinkingTexan

We need to stop perry, simply because he has the title "governor" besides the SOB takes at least one state trooper with him everywhere (ever hear of security?)So his position as governor (of the formerly great state of tx) and his lies - he should be sued and the rally should be STOPPED - or the attendees should be protested!

ArrGee
ArrGee

Perry does have the right to pray, but this event is being promoted in his official capacity on his government stationery. He is not acting like a governor of all, he is acting like a governor of some, and THAT is not his job.

This event is a waste of time, and it at the very least has bad optics. Nothing good will come of this. Where is the rain he prayed for?

hypatiab7
hypatiab7

He has the right to pray at home, in his church or in a pochial school but not in a public place at taxpayer expense. What he plans to do is unConstitutional and he doesn't care. This is the same nutcase who was blathering about seceding from the United States. He seems again to have forgotten that Texas is part of the US and under Constitutuional law. And, I have gravedoubts about his religious sincerity. He is a publicity hound.

Maggie_May
Maggie_May

I've done the research & know the AFA is a hate group.  They are against all but their own narrowly defined group of "Christians" & are all homophobic.  

Why are the taxpayers of Texas paying for Ricky to promote this jamboree on his official website?  Who will pay for traffic direction?  Since this is a day of "prayer & fasting"--I doubt the businesses of the our city will make much money from the event. 

Oh--this morning Channel 11 was talking about Perry's wish to get serious about running for President.  What a ludicrous way to kick off his campaign!  

joe3eagles
joe3eagles

Yes, the MAN has a right to pray if he wants. However, the GOVERNOR does not have the right to advance any religion over any other religion or over the lack of religion. I'm sure there were Germans in the 1920s who said, "If you don't like what the Nazis have to say, don't listen."

Bradon Cohorn
Bradon Cohorn

I've listened to AFA and they are in deed and in verse a hate group.

Smaim
Smaim

Really? Who is paying for this? If governor Perry is using our tax $$ for this event, then he doesn't have right to pray! He just cut down our school budget in Texas, but there's enough $$ for this nonsense! If he wants to pray he can do it in private & without using our tax money!!! Get real!

Fflpew
Fflpew

all religions are primitive and non-rational...so go ahead and promote freedom of religion...it's like promoting brain decay and infantalism.

craig
craig

GLBTSTFUESIO

Damiano
Damiano

When one person talks to an imaginary being it's called mental illness; when a lot of people do, it's call 'prayer'.

mikhastur
mikhastur

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."  Matthew 6:5. Why do so many Christians ignore Christ's own teaching?

joe3eagles
joe3eagles

Because, like all religious believers, they cherry-pick the scriptural passages they like and ignore the rest. You can bash them over the head with the non-cherry passages, but they'll just stand there and blink uncomprehendingly at you.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Does anyone thing Perry really gives that much of a shit about Jesus? It's sort of disheartening that some people won't be able to recognize this as posturing

H_e_x
H_e_x

It's also scary to consider that most of these poor saps vote for him every election.

Joe Zamecki
Joe Zamecki

Yes, some of us Texans are planning a big picket of Perry's Prayer Palooza. Exactly WHY are we picketing this prayer event? Good question! Here are FOUR reasons:~~First, the event itself is being promoted by Gov. Perry in his official capacity as an elected official, starting at his official Gov's website.He's also invited the governors from the other 49 states to come to this event, and take part. Obviously this will be a VERY government-related and promoted event. The promotion is already well underway.~~Second, Gov. Perry has repeatedly and proudly violated church/state separation on several issues, all throughout his time as our governor. Recently he's done this in the form of two religious proclamations, one asking Texans to pray for rain, and the other asking Americans to pray. He's also worked tirelessly against public education, and it seems more than obvious that he's doing all that work to benefit religion. Whenever a public school has to close or cut down on the number of enrolled students for some reason, private schools in the area get new customers. Most private schools are religious schools and most of them are run by mainstream religious denominations. If anyone is the winner in all of this education slashing, it's Perry and Christianity in general. ~~Third, the prayer event is being put on by the American Family Association, which is considered to be a hate group, by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lately the AFA has thrown out so much hate speech against gays and state/church separationists, that we've had enough, and we're not going to take it anymore.~~Fourth, I don't believe that any of the other 49 states' governors are as devoted to flaunting their disregard for the diversity in their respective states' populations. This is while our state budget is in a mess, public education is failing, and our most popular politicians are riding on a wave of popularity, such that they can easily avoid any responsibility for explaining themselves and their actions to the public. So they don't. On August 6, we will.Yes we will have some Christians on our side, picketing the prayer event as well, because lots of Christians support state/church separation, and also understand that Gov. Perry is not a good governor for Texas. Joe Zamecki,Texas State Director, American Atheistswww.Atheists.org/Texas_State_P...512 758 0060

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