Perry's Prayerapalooza: Let the Downsizing Begin (Also: Worst Fast Ever)

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The responee to The Response has been underwhelming.
Rick Perry's famous call for the nation's governors to come to Houston this weekend to pray and fast is looking more and more like a mistake to all but the religious right.

Of course, if he's looking to win a GOP primary, he may just get by with only the religious right on his side.

Critics are starting to pile up as the event nears, and it looks like there won't be anything close to 70,000 people at Reliant Stadium.

Reliant Park management said they could not disclose details, and Eric Bearse, spokesperson for The Response, didn't, well, respond to inquiries (Guess he thinks we're as "cynical" as our sister paper in Dallas), but it looks like planners are expecting only about 10,000 or so people to attend.

Reports are Reliant will be in the "small-event" configuration, used for such things as high school graduations.

Those attending have received a list of instructions/suggestions from organizers, reports the Austin American Statesman (We're disappointed: We registered but didn't get the missive).

Among the highlights:

Be nice to reporters. "We thank you in advance for demonstrating true Christian character by responding in love and blessing to any possible media or protesters you may encounter."

No political T-shirts. "Please refrain from wearing clothing with messages that accuse others or make political statements. Anyone with a shirt of this nature will be asked to turn their shirt inside out; if not, they will not be allowed to enter the stadium."

What the hell kind of fast is this? It's supposed to be a day of prayer and fasting, but apparently participants are as loose with their interpretation of "fast" as they are with Christian theology. "[N]o food or water will be allowed in the stadium. Yes, there will be vendors open with food, beverages and water available for purchase."

Apparently about 8,000 or so people have registered on The Response's Web site.

Just to add to the bad karma, the conservative Politico published a story today detailing GOP unease with the prospect of a Perry candidacy.

Best quote: An anonymous GOP state chair calls him "Will Ferrell doing a George W. Bush imitation."

The event itself will likely be something of an anticlimax and letdown. A few protesters withering in the heat, attendees and speakers on their best behavior, and Perry himself keeping a relatively low profile.

And no other governors: Reports are that the only one who accepted, Kansas's Sam Brownback, is reportedly not coming.

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AuldGuy
AuldGuy

Ah, yes... The left-wing ankle-biters emerge... The only group of people sick enough to make pedophiles look normal.

-Ag

8811081
8811081

 

 We are closingschools, laying people off.  Families arebeing foreclosed on and being put out in the streets.  And all this Republican running for Presidentcan do is talk about is praying it all away. It is a good money maker for him, but we have bigger things to do, and Iam hopping God has to. We need to start looking at what is best for thecountry.  Not our own religion’s views,that blow in the wind.

frankyburns
frankyburns

What sort of fast is this?  A hypocritical one. And one that puts religion at the service of politics.

Suzyshome
Suzyshome

Wow. There should be thousands from Pearland alone. Where are all those "Good Christians" who jerked me around?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Yelling at women getting pap smears at Planned Parenthood.

Katy
Katy

Clearly - if the predicted numbers hold - the Left has much more interest in this event than the Christian Right does.

Longhorn289
Longhorn289

As usual, Sparkle misses the point entirely. When Obama prayed, he did it in relative seclusion, not in one of the largest, publicly-funded stadiums in the country. If Perry was holding a Christian prayer rally in a private chuch I doubt anyone would care less. I imagine the money that is lining up behind Perry is not very pleased with this fiasco. The ADL has a lot of clout in Washington and I'll bet they won't forget this if Perry runs.

Kathleen McKinley
Kathleen McKinley

Did event planners ever say there would be 70,000 people? I'll give you this. At least you aren't as rude as the fellow Dallas writer that you linked. Here's my question. Why do you care if Perry has a prayer rally? Did you care when Obama gathered last week with Christian leaders and prayed about the debt ceiling vote? Did you and your friend write a snarky piece then? I think not. Governors, Presidents, and anyone else are free to pray or not to pray. Why it bothers you so much when a Republican does it and not when a Democrat does, is something I just will never understand. 

Gaspar Ramsey
Gaspar Ramsey

Yeah, but Perry is such a sleaze. I personally don't care if he prays to Mumbo-Jumbo, God of the Congo, or Mammon, God of the GOP. What I object to is his "cynistry", the way he was called to "Witness for Christ" just when he needed a right-wing base. If you can't see through this Pharisee then God help you.

Sancho
Sancho

If you believe everything Rick Perry says, then this will not be the first time he has ever prayed.  It is, however, the first time he has been criticized for such.  Furthermore, if you actually pay attention to the critics, It isn't so much the fact that Perry is praying -he claims to be a devout Christian (but he also claimed to be a Democrat 15 years ago), it is the fact that he is bedding down with the right-wing loons, Christian terrorists, and hate-mongers who preach intolerance behind the veil of Christianity.  I know you and your peers look for every reason to prop up the douche bag that is Perry, but he is a weasel and a used car salesman (with apologies to actual used car salesmen for slandering them with that comparison).  And, before you call me an Obama-lover, I'll let you know that I'm a registered, card-carrying Republican, but a Republican that cannot stand Rick Perry.

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