Perry, Prayer, Politics & The Presidency 8-9-11
by Peter Montgomery, Right Wing Watch
“Casual viewers of ‘The Response,’ including some political reporters who don’t pay a lot of attention to the Religious Right, may have watched Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally on Saturday and wondered what all the fuss was about. Most of the time was taken up with prayer and praise music. Few of the speakers seemed overtly political. Nobody used the occasion to endorse Perry’s pending presidential bid.”
“Context for this event was remarkable: a governor launching a presidential bid by teaming up with some of the nation’s most divisive extremists to hold a Christians-only prayer rally.” In essence, suggesting Americans are unable to resolve the nation’s problems without the Almighty’s presence. The issue wasn’t about if it was proper for a “politician to pray, or the size of the audience,” but it was about the purposes of the ‘Response’s planners and their outlook for the overall good of America.