Rick Perry Asking Other Governors to Pray And Fast For A Day, Including Chris Christie (Updated)

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Fast for a day, Chris Christie: the power of Perry compels you!
There are few t hings more annoying than the stranger who asks you if you've accepted Jesus, but Governor Rick Perry has became That Guy with a letter to the 49 other state leaders in the U.S.

He's asking them to come to Houston for a day of prayer and fasting. Yes, he's asking New Jersey governor (and potential 20112 GOP presidential rival) Chris Christie to fast for a day. Christie is a man who had a state car take him the 100 yards from his helicopter to the seats at his son's baseball game, although to be fair to him he did not make the car stop for food on the way. On the other hand, maybe it was already well-stocked. We don't think Haley Barbour is too much into the fasting, for that matter.

Anyway, Perry's letter (reported by the Dallas Morning News, but it's behind a subscriptiion paywall) lists the following reasons why the 50 governors need to pray:

4. "Natural disasters"
We've gone through this before, when Perry told Texans to pray for rain. Dude, you're praying to the God who caused all these natural disasters, according to your theology. He gets a kick out of it, apparently. If you insist, though, here's our suggested rain prayer.

3. "The global economic downturn"
"Oh Lord, cutteth thy capital-gains tax; smite those who think gummint is the solution, not the problem, and strangle not the fruits of thy spirit, factories and refineries, with Red Tape and bureaucracy and needless regulation. Amen."

2. "The lingering danger of terrorism"
"Lingering"? Terrorism's been around in one form or another since about two months after man fully evolved (note to Perry: During the dinosaur age), and probably before that. And it's not going anywhere anytime soon."

1. "Continued debasement of our culture"
Oh, pleasepleaseplease provide a lengthy and specific list of all the things you think fall under this category, governor.The Lady Gaggagas what with their vampish dress, the homosexual agenda being promoted on sitcoms, rude language among the so-called "rap" groups, and rock and roll.

Update: Here's the text of Perry's announcement; which included a link to the website for the event, called "The Response.".

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed Saturday, Aug. 6th, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation. He has invited governors across the country to join him on Aug. 6th to participate in The Response, a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting hosted by the American Family Association at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Gov. Perry also urged fellow governors to issue similar proclamations encouraging their constituents to pray that day for unity and righteousness for our states, nation and mankind.

"Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel," Gov. Perry said. "I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force."

Over the years, Gov. Perry has participated in events hosted by various faith traditions. His call to prayer on Aug. 6th is a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer service to seek forgiveness, healing and blessing for our country.

See our follow-up, where we demand to know if Rick Perry thinks SpongeBob SquarePants is gay, like a key organizer of this event do.


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Guest
Guest

Show of hands: does anyone who's been living in Texas since Rick got elected think for a moment that he's a genuinely religlous person?

ECS
ECS

I think that it is amazing that a leader recognizes that there is indeed a Higher Authority. It's about time that someone in the higher political positions go to the moral law Giver and seek forgiveness and guidance for this nation. And anyone who thinks he did wrong doesn't understand liberty or the Constitution. And clearly thinks that there is a such thing a separation of church & state within that document.

Francesco Orodinapoli
Francesco Orodinapoli

Poor Rick Perry is a victim of religious hypnosis and he doesn't realize that he's been implanted with powerful hypnotic suggestions. He thinks that his faith is as real as real can be.  It would do no good to point out to him that if God doesn't answer the prayers of the 10's of thousands of children who starve to death every day that a prayer for rain doesn't carry much weight with the Almighty.

Rachel Tabachnick
Rachel Tabachnick

Perry's prayer event includes leadership from "The Call" and the "International House of Prayer."  These are "apostolic and prophetic" movement organizations and they have developed a sophisticated 50-state communications and mobilization network of "prayer warriors"  - an incredible feat of political organizing.The apostles are becoming a force in the Religious Right and politics, although they have managed to stay under the radar of the mainstream press.See more about the groups working with Perry on this event at  http://www.talk2action.org/sto...

Jeff
Jeff

I bet Jesus doesn't like being used for politics.

scotter
scotter

Let's see... What Would Jesus Do?   Cut medical care to the elderly? Substantially reduce funds for primary and secondary education? Throw hard working educators out of jobs? Benefit his rich friends by maintaining artificially low tax rates that are insufficient to fund basic human needs? Reduce available funds for nutrition for poor women and children? Ignore the plight of abused orphans? Yeah, I'll be praying, all right. Praying that this State can survive Dick Perry and his tea bagging cohorts in the Legislature.

Brian Krysz
Brian Krysz

Rich  He would make a good President, but he would have to have a strong VP like Cilin Powell or Mitt. I am afraid due to his weight he wouldnt make it through his first term.

Sancho
Sancho

Rick Perry- What a dumbass.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Come now, every politician waves around the Bible like a damn hat. Its not courageous, its a ploy to appeal to the religious right in this country. If he was a man of the Bible, why is he cutting services to the poor? Isn't that more important than making a big show about how much you pray? Reminds me of the Pharisees if anything.

craig
craig

Jesus would not use credit cards.  He'd pay cash and save up for things he could not afford.

Sounds like Rick is doing Jebus' work, eh?

JB
JB

The jesus I pray too demands kick-ass hair and an enormous prison system but loathes teachers and vaginas.  Go Rick! 

Hair Balls
Hair Balls

Brian, old pal, I'm afraid you and I will never agree on anything relating to politics. We should stick to the greatness of Quadraphenia instead.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I don't remember cash or credit cards in the Bible, but I do remember Jesus commanding people to give up all their possessions to the poor and follow him in a life of humility."Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." -- Luke 18:22

scotter
scotter

Whoa... my bible is word searchable.  Couldn't find the phrase "credit card" anywhere.  Which version are you looking at?

Brian Krysz
Brian Krysz

How can you live life being a flaming lefty. You probably think Obama is doing a good job.

We do agree on the who and Debbie Cates. 

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