Brutalized, Simply BRUTALIZED for Their Faith

In a country filled with a strong majority of Christians — 85 percent or so, last I checked — the “downtrodden Christian” meme still resonates with epic appeal.

Loosely, the reasoning behind the thing seems to be:


I am a devout Christian.
Christians are savagely threatened for adhering to their faith.
Therefore, I am a hero.

Anita and Rick Perry, Downtroditorians from Texas, have now brought the meme to the Republican presidential race.

Anita Perry, campaigning for husband Rick Perry in South Carolina, suggests he’s been “brutalized” by the media and the GOP because of his faith. Perry is the most religiously expressive candidate in the Republican field. He hosted a seven-hour Christian prayer rally in August in advance of entering the presidential race. And at last week’s Values Voters Summit, he was introduced by a Dallas Baptist pastor who said rival Mitt Romney is not a Christian and Mormonism is a cult.

Perry has suffered several extremely bad weeks, stumbling in the debates and losing the coveted endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s backing Romney. Here, in emotional remarks at a South Carolina campaign stop, Anita Perry said:

“It’s been a rough month. We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today. We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party. So much of that is, I think, they look at him because of his faith. He is the only true conservative – well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose.”

Presidential candidate Rick Perry agrees.

God save the poor, poor multi-millionaire state governor presidential candidates and their wives who suffer this inexcusable brutality.

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  • d cwilson

    Is gawd schizophrenic? Because I thought he also called Bachmann to be president, too.

    Anita also claimed that she saw a burning bush for Rick. If that’s the case, maybe she should get a prescription.

    • astrosmash

      “Is gawd schizophrenic? Because I thought he also called Bachmann to be president, too.”

      nope. early onset Alzheimer’s

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I’m sure some of Texas’ death row inmates who haven’t had fair hearings feel really bad for them.

  • bbgunn

    Okay. Herman Cain also has announced gawd told him to run for president. Gawd told Bachmann, Perry and Cain all to run for president? That’s one seriously messed up trinity.

  • Randomfactor

    OK, so the triune god has himself three candidates. But they all have to run simultaneously against Obama for it to count.

  • Andrew Hall

    Christians are persecuted in the US like Bolsheviks were persecuted in the USSR.

  • shripathikamath

    Yes, but this is all going to help Perry. Like the Mormon jab, this was well-rehearsed–poorly acted perhaps–by the Perry campaign.

    They are working hard to remind the base that Perry is a Southern White Christian Male for Jesus, and that the others are not.

    The polls don’t reflect how conservatives vote with their conscience inside the booth. Perry is simply reminding them of their Christian duty.

  • Leon

    You know, maybe the solution here is for us Democrats to convince Obama to endorse Perry. That ought to sound the death knell to his campaign–and, one can only hope, his political career.

    • shripathikamath

      “Us” Democrats should spend more time convincing “our” Senators to vote en masse for Obama’s jobs plan, without delay, without opposition, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS KNOWN THAT THE GOP WILL FILIBUSTER IT ANYWAY! The Senate wasted too much time, and still got only 50 of the 53 Democrats, and that too after significant arm-twisting. Not exactly an endorsement that Democrats want to do something useful for the middle class. And the GOP is laughing at it as it runs out the clock to Nov 2012

      Obama has enough problems than to endorse Perry. Like when and where he caves in on his job proposals and whether the Republicans will be satisfied with him giving only a 10% cut in taxes for the rich job-creators, or whether he should go even higher as a gesture of the true spirit of bipartisanship.

  • Rasmus

    God is micromanaging again…

    • shripathikamath


  • abusedbypenguins

    Religion; where ignorance is the norm and stupidity is king.

  • davidct

    Gov. Goodhair is now coming to realize that the arguments that play well at home don’t travel that well across the boarders. What is the saying – It is better to be suspected of being a fool than opening one’s mouth and confirming the fact. It is re-assuring that the more Perry and Bachmann say the lower they find themselves in the polls. He could try praying that is working so well with the water shortage.

  • larianlequella

    This picture has been making the rounds on FB, and I thought it applied:

    With the implied sub-caption of: “Well, fucking DUH! Of course it’s a coincidence!”

  • Daniel Schealler

    Muffy, my hair regrowth cream is mostly ineffective
    and I’m struggling to keep this in perspective,
    but I feel like a massive injustice occurred.
    Says “regrows hair” on the tube (in the words)
    in a third — or maybe a quarter — of all users.
    I must have got swindled. Is it a fault? Of whose is?
    Oooh, Muffy, Muffy, I had all the servants tortured.
    Did you keep them on retainer? Do you got some more on order?
    ‘Cause I can’t comb my hair on my own no more.
    I got accustomed to the lifestyle, sniffed upon the spore
    and it molded up my innards, made the blood turn blue.
    Muffy, Muffy, there’s a revolution; what we’re gonna do?

    Misplaced the Ambien (first world problem)
    Left a participle dangling (first world problem)
    You’re scheduling your root canal (first world problem)
    Your grad schooling had no rationale (first world problem)
    You didn’t like your appetizer (first world problem)
    Your yacht got capsized (a first world problem)

    MC Frontalot, First World Problem