FFRF Sues To Prevent Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Prayer Event

Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to hold a giant Prayer-and-Fasting-fest to fix our nation’s problems on August 6th at Reliant Stadium. He’s invited several other governors to join him, though only a couple have accepted. The event is being hosted by the American Family Association, anti-gay organization considered a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This is obviously a church/state violation and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit yesterday (PDF) to put a stop to it:

The individual plaintiffs are non-believers who support the free exercise of religion, but who strongly oppose the governmental establishment and endorsement of religion, including prayer and fasting, which are not only an ineffectual use of time and government resources, but which can be harmful or counterproductive as a substitute for reasoned action.

The prayer rally organized by Governor Perry at Reliant Stadium is intended for believers of the Christian faith and persons who are open to conversion; the prayer rally, more particularly, is intended for evangelical Christians.

The plaintiffs do not seek compensatory damages from Governor Perry, but they do seek equitable and injunctive relief, including an injunction prohibiting Governor Perry’s further involvement in the scheduled prayer rally at Reliant Stadium on August 6, 2011, as well as an injunction against future uses of official indicia of the State of Texas in proclaiming and promoting the establishment of religion; the plaintiffs also seek appropriate corrective measures.

Just last week, I wrote about a group threatening a church/state violation lawsuit, because I felt it was ill-conceived and likely to backfire (even if it was successful). This one seems pretty clear-cut, though. I don’t know if FFRF will be victorious, but it’s hard to say this isn’t a case worth fighting for. Christians should be just as upset as we are about what Perry is doing, using religion to earn political points.

A protest of the event led by local atheists is becoming increasingly popular, judging by the numbers on Facebook. They need about $500 to get signs, a portable toilet, banners, shirts, and hold a nice post-protest celebration. They’re almost there, so feel free to help them reach their goal!



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  • Holmej

    Because he seems to be considering a run for president, I’d prefer that they just let him go ahead and make a fool of himself now.  If we sue him, he’ll manage to get his people riled up about us preventing religion.   If we let him go, we’ll get a whole bunch of evidence to show how irrational he is.

  • David McNerney

    …and we have the Westboro Baptist Church on our side.

  • Trace

    Last three posts deal with fundraisers. I knew moving to Patheos was a mistake :)

  • Trace

    Last three posts deal with fundraisers. I knew moving to Patheos was a mistake :)

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    Even though Perry is a public official, he is still also a private citizen, and has the right to gather and pray with whomever he wants. As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this. The voters will have to judge how foolishly he’s wasted there time at the next election, although being Texas they will probably crown him emperor.

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    Even though Perry is a public official, he is still also a private citizen, and has the right to gather and pray with whomever he wants. As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this. The voters will have to judge how foolishly he’s wasted there time at the next election, although being Texas they will probably crown him emperor.

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    Even though Perry is a public official, he is still also a private citizen, and has the right to gather and pray with whomever he wants. As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this. The voters will have to judge how foolishly he’s wasted there time at the next election, although being Texas they will probably crown him emperor.

    • Anonymous

      Even if no tax money he used, the event is promoted as prayer to solve the state’s problems. That’s extremely questionable and suggests it’s an official state-sanctioned event

    • Anonymous

      Even if no tax money he used, the event is promoted as prayer to solve the state’s problems. That’s extremely questionable and suggests it’s an official state-sanctioned event

    • Anonymous

      Even if no tax money he used, the event is promoted as prayer to solve the state’s problems. That’s extremely questionable and suggests it’s an official state-sanctioned event

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    Even though Perry is a public official, he is still also a private citizen, and has the right to gather and pray with whomever he wants. As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this. The voters will have to judge how foolishly he’s wasted there time at the next election, although being Texas they will probably crown him emperor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    wait, how many are attending?
    ohhhh shhiiiii

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    wait, how many are attending?
    ohhhh shhiiiii

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    wait, how many are attending?
    ohhhh shhiiiii

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    wait, how many are attending?
    ohhhh shhiiiii

  • Anonymous

    It’s not obvious or clear that this is a church/state violation if as you have written it is paid for by a private organization. Don’t get me wrong, this event is divisive and not one a governor should be promoting or involved in. It’s a good reason I hope he doesn’t end up president one day. But even governors are allowed to be morons in their personal life. If he used resources in his role as Texas governor to organize this event, I’m all with you on shutting this down. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s not obvious or clear that this is a church/state violation if as you have written it is paid for by a private organization. Don’t get me wrong, this event is divisive and not one a governor should be promoting or involved in. It’s a good reason I hope he doesn’t end up president one day. But even governors are allowed to be morons in their personal life. If he used resources in his role as Texas governor to organize this event, I’m all with you on shutting this down. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s not obvious or clear that this is a church/state violation if as you have written it is paid for by a private organization. Don’t get me wrong, this event is divisive and not one a governor should be promoting or involved in. It’s a good reason I hope he doesn’t end up president one day. But even governors are allowed to be morons in their personal life. If he used resources in his role as Texas governor to organize this event, I’m all with you on shutting this down. 

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cocker.splodie CarolAnn Jarnagin

         This is the problem.  I don’t believe any state resources are being used
        and all I have seen Perry do is use his title in advertising paid for
        by private funds.  I also haven’t seen the seal.  I suppose the question is whether or not the use of
        an elected title (as opposed to an earned or bestowed title) is enough
        to violate separation?  It will be interesting to see what comes out of
        this one.

        • MisterForain

          well technically he is using state web servers to convey his message. Texas tax payers pay to run those servers. Not to nit pick or anything.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tina.marie.555 Tina Marie

            I wonder who’s paying for security? The City of Houston would be my guess. Police are expensive!

        • MisterForain

          well technically he is using state web servers to convey his message. Texas tax payers pay to run those servers. Not to nit pick or anything.

        • MisterForain

          well technically he is using state web servers to convey his message. Texas tax payers pay to run those servers. Not to nit pick or anything.

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

    • Anonymous

      As long as none of his staff time or other state resources are being used for the event, then I can see it possibly passing muster.

      I read somewhere that the Texas state seal was being used, but I can’t find that photo right now.  The video he made didn’t show it.

    • Atheas

      I am inclined to agree with this. The establishment clause states congress shall make no law towards establishment. Perry is 1) not congress and 2) not making a law.

    • Atheas

      I am inclined to agree with this. The establishment clause states congress shall make no law towards establishment. Perry is 1) not congress and 2) not making a law.

    • Atheas

      I am inclined to agree with this. The establishment clause states congress shall make no law towards establishment. Perry is 1) not congress and 2) not making a law.

      • Atheas

        Scratch this, I’m dumb and forgot my Incorporation Doctrine from HighSchool Social Studies.

      • Atheas

        Scratch this, I’m dumb and forgot my Incorporation Doctrine from HighSchool Social Studies.

      • Atheas

        Scratch this, I’m dumb and forgot my Incorporation Doctrine from HighSchool Social Studies.

    • Atheas

      I am inclined to agree with this. The establishment clause states congress shall make no law towards establishment. Perry is 1) not congress and 2) not making a law.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not obvious or clear that this is a church/state violation if as you have written it is paid for by a private organization. Don’t get me wrong, this event is divisive and not one a governor should be promoting or involved in. It’s a good reason I hope he doesn’t end up president one day. But even governors are allowed to be morons in their personal life. If he used resources in his role as Texas governor to organize this event, I’m all with you on shutting this down. 

  • Bee

    You should hear the baying by the Christians on facebook in my area when the local news posted an article about it. xD

  • Bee

    You should hear the baying by the Christians on facebook in my area when the local news posted an article about it. xD

  • Bee

    You should hear the baying by the Christians on facebook in my area when the local news posted an article about it. xD

  • Bee

    You should hear the baying by the Christians on facebook in my area when the local news posted an article about it. xD

  • Anonymous

    As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting
    in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this.

    According to the complaint:

    The defendant, Governor Rick Perry, is the Governor of the State of Texas and he
    is sued on the basis of actions that he has taken and is imminently going to take as Governor, including the issuance of an official proclamation that bears the State Seal of the State of Texas and public appeals to participate in the August 6 prayer rally.

  • Anonymous

    As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting
    in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this.

    According to the complaint:

    The defendant, Governor Rick Perry, is the Governor of the State of Texas and he
    is sued on the basis of actions that he has taken and is imminently going to take as Governor, including the issuance of an official proclamation that bears the State Seal of the State of Texas and public appeals to participate in the August 6 prayer rally.

  • Anonymous

    As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting
    in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this.

    According to the complaint:

    The defendant, Governor Rick Perry, is the Governor of the State of Texas and he
    is sued on the basis of actions that he has taken and is imminently going to take as Governor, including the issuance of an official proclamation that bears the State Seal of the State of Texas and public appeals to participate in the August 6 prayer rally.

  • Anonymous

    As long as no tax dollars are spent on this project and Perry is acting
    in an unofficial capacity, I’m not sure the FFRF has cause in this.

    According to the complaint:

    The defendant, Governor Rick Perry, is the Governor of the State of Texas and he
    is sued on the basis of actions that he has taken and is imminently going to take as Governor, including the issuance of an official proclamation that bears the State Seal of the State of Texas and public appeals to participate in the August 6 prayer rally.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be attending the protest on 6 August. Item 14 of the FRFF’s original complaint filed states that as governor, Rick “The Hair” Perry used the state seal in his original proclamation for “The Response”. And Governor Perry also affixed “In official recognition given” to his signature. Now, I’m no legal scholar but the state seal and ‘official recognition’ seem to be pretty big violations of the first amendment. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be attending the protest on 6 August. Item 14 of the FRFF’s original complaint filed states that as governor, Rick “The Hair” Perry used the state seal in his original proclamation for “The Response”. And Governor Perry also affixed “In official recognition given” to his signature. Now, I’m no legal scholar but the state seal and ‘official recognition’ seem to be pretty big violations of the first amendment. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be attending the protest on 6 August. Item 14 of the FRFF’s original complaint filed states that as governor, Rick “The Hair” Perry used the state seal in his original proclamation for “The Response”. And Governor Perry also affixed “In official recognition given” to his signature. Now, I’m no legal scholar but the state seal and ‘official recognition’ seem to be pretty big violations of the first amendment. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be attending the protest on 6 August. Item 14 of the FRFF’s original complaint filed states that as governor, Rick “The Hair” Perry used the state seal in his original proclamation for “The Response”. And Governor Perry also affixed “In official recognition given” to his signature. Now, I’m no legal scholar but the state seal and ‘official recognition’ seem to be pretty big violations of the first amendment. 

  • Bryan

    …And there are certainly some crazies scheduled to be at this here meeting: http://youtu.be/9WtJz_wj1JU

  • Bryan

    …And there are certainly some crazies scheduled to be at this here meeting: http://youtu.be/9WtJz_wj1JU

  • Bryan

    …And there are certainly some crazies scheduled to be at this here meeting: http://youtu.be/9WtJz_wj1JU

  • Anonymous

     

    The lawsuit is needed. 
    The state website http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16247/  is way over the top, stating:

     

    In
    the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn
    gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15 Blow the
    trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly… 16 Gather the
    people, consecrate the assembly…” As Jesus prayed publicly for the
    benefit of others in John 11:41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.

     

    I don’t care if Perry attends the prayer rally (as a private citizen), it
    is the use of the state website to proselytize in the name of Jesus that needs
    to be stopped.
     

  • Anonymous

     

    The lawsuit is needed. 
    The state website http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16247/  is way over the top, stating:

     

    In
    the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn
    gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15 Blow the
    trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly… 16 Gather the
    people, consecrate the assembly…” As Jesus prayed publicly for the
    benefit of others in John 11:41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.

     

    I don’t care if Perry attends the prayer rally (as a private citizen), it
    is the use of the state website to proselytize in the name of Jesus that needs
    to be stopped.
     

  • Anonymous

     

    The lawsuit is needed. 
    The state website http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16247/  is way over the top, stating:

     

    In
    the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn
    gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15 Blow the
    trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly… 16 Gather the
    people, consecrate the assembly…” As Jesus prayed publicly for the
    benefit of others in John 11:41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.

     

    I don’t care if Perry attends the prayer rally (as a private citizen), it
    is the use of the state website to proselytize in the name of Jesus that needs
    to be stopped.
     

  • Anonymous

     

    The lawsuit is needed. 
    The state website http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16247/  is way over the top, stating:

     

    In
    the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn
    gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15 Blow the
    trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly… 16 Gather the
    people, consecrate the assembly…” As Jesus prayed publicly for the
    benefit of others in John 11:41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.

     

    I don’t care if Perry attends the prayer rally (as a private citizen), it
    is the use of the state website to proselytize in the name of Jesus that needs
    to be stopped.
     

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  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Thomas Farrell

    While I usually admire FFRF greatly, I think they’re in the wrong on this one. Yes, a lawsuit is just fine, but they should not be demanding an injunction against Perry’s participation in the event, they should be demanding an injunction against his using state resources to promote the event and a ruling to order him to repay the state for any taxpayer money wasted promoting the event.

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    If the FRFF lawsuit stops the tent revival, the fundies will just scream about judicial activism and act all persecuted, as usual. I’ll be at the protest of the event, giving away these t-shirts in return for a $15 donation to PFLAG. 

    It will be an exciting day inside Reliant Stadium at the debut performance of Gov. Hairhead and the Homophobes. They’ll start promptly at 10AM by stoning a couple of adulterers and a few of David Vitter’s prostitutes. Then at noon, instead of lunch (they’re fasting) they’ll find a few disobedient kids in attendance and stone them too. Finally, the revival wraps up at 5pm at which time they’ll burn a witch. Yee Ha!

  • Anonymous

    I messed up the linkie on my prior post (I blame teh gayz.)

    This is the correct link to a pic of the shirts I’ll have at the protest: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=620126&l=203d7e3146&id=100000166035841

  • Anonymous

    I messed up the linkie on my prior post (I blame teh gayz.)

    This is the correct link to a pic of the shirts I’ll have at the protest: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=620126&l=203d7e3146&id=100000166035841

  • Anonymous

    I messed up the linkie on my prior post (I blame teh gayz.)

    This is the correct link to a pic of the shirts I’ll have at the protest: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=620126&l=203d7e3146&id=100000166035841

  • Anonymous

    I messed up the linkie on my prior post (I blame teh gayz.)

    This is the correct link to a pic of the shirts I’ll have at the protest: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=620126&l=203d7e3146&id=100000166035841

  • Anonymous

    I messed up the linkie on my prior post (I blame teh gayz.)

    This is the correct link to a pic of the shirts I’ll have at the protest: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=620126&l=203d7e3146&id=100000166035841

    • David

      Bob, why do u blame the Gayz on your typing fuckup ??

    • David

      Bob, why do u blame the Gayz on your typing fuckup ??

    • David

      Bob, why do u blame the Gayz on your typing fuckup ??

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        David, I’m making fun of the Catholics for saying that teh gayz are “forcing” them to stop helping people, and acting all persecuted because they can no longer support their discrimination using taxpayer dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        The usual Friendly Atheist lurkers, prior to moving to this site, used some of the “Hell Fire and Brimstone” rhetoric of the religious, used to try and scare sheeple into giving donations to their ministries or converting to said mythos, in a sarcastic tone which is not meant to be taken literally but in a humorous manner .  

        You know like the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri “was gods punishment for Gay Marriage” or that the earth quakes in Japan, Chile, and Haiti were “punishment from god”, or like the Westboro Baptist Church (the Christians – a point of contention for some) says “Dead soldiers are god’s” punishment.

        For those who don’t know the difference of “God” and “god” as used here denotes the same term as “god”.  It matters because when you understand why you reason and understand that all of the other “gods” don’t exist then you will know why I go one further: one less “god” existing.  NO EVIDENCE other than man made dogma.  Show me the evidence then I will believe…

      • Anonymous

        The usual Friendly Atheist lurkers, prior to moving to this site, used some of the “Hell Fire and Brimstone” rhetoric of the religious, used to try and scare sheeple into giving donations to their ministries or converting to said mythos, in a sarcastic tone which is not meant to be taken literally but in a humorous manner .  

        You know like the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri “was gods punishment for Gay Marriage” or that the earth quakes in Japan, Chile, and Haiti were “punishment from god”, or like the Westboro Baptist Church (the Christians – a point of contention for some) says “Dead soldiers are god’s” punishment.

        For those who don’t know the difference of “God” and “god” as used here denotes the same term as “god”.  It matters because when you understand why you reason and understand that all of the other “gods” don’t exist then you will know why I go one further: one less “god” existing.  NO EVIDENCE other than man made dogma.  Show me the evidence then I will believe…

      • Anonymous

        The usual Friendly Atheist lurkers, prior to moving to this site, used some of the “Hell Fire and Brimstone” rhetoric of the religious, used to try and scare sheeple into giving donations to their ministries or converting to said mythos, in a sarcastic tone which is not meant to be taken literally but in a humorous manner .  

        You know like the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri “was gods punishment for Gay Marriage” or that the earth quakes in Japan, Chile, and Haiti were “punishment from god”, or like the Westboro Baptist Church (the Christians – a point of contention for some) says “Dead soldiers are god’s” punishment.

        For those who don’t know the difference of “God” and “god” as used here denotes the same term as “god”.  It matters because when you understand why you reason and understand that all of the other “gods” don’t exist then you will know why I go one further: one less “god” existing.  NO EVIDENCE other than man made dogma.  Show me the evidence then I will believe…

    • David

      Bob, why do u blame the Gayz on your typing fuckup ??

    • David

      Bob, why do u blame the Gayz on your typing fuckup ??

  • JJ in CT

    I keep wondering about the drought in TX, and call for prayer for rain. That doesn’t seem to have worked. TX is pretty dry right now.

  • Seric

    The event is going to be canceled by a hurricane. Canceled flights and a partial evacuation will make this event impossible. I might go to the protest if there’s no hurricane. Does anyone know if there’s going to be Park and Ride service for the event? Bus service where I live is bad on the weekends and it’s usually easier to drive away from town to a park and ride than to take the regular bus. There’s no way I’m going to drive and park at Reliant. Any of you Houston folks know whether there’s a website for the protest?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.zamecki Joe Zamecki

    Perry created an official proclamation to promote this event. He created a video promoting it, that starts with “This is Governor Rick Perry…”  He invited the other 49 governors to this event.  In his videos, he makes clear that he can’t do his job. He invites everyone to go to this event, so his job can be done. In fact, he doesn’t think the government can do it’s job at all, without his religion being a part of every solution. He didn’t say the word “maybe” during any of that video. Seems like this will not only be a prayer event, but a government solution meeting, to come up with government policy, through prayer. A government meeting, essentially.

    Add it all up. I’m sure there’s more. Of course this event was his idea, and he’s riding high on a wave of popularity among Texas voters, so I doubt any judge is going to prevent him from going to his own event, or will prevent the event from happening. But one thing’s for sure: We need to gripe. Sometimes they say “Well you never complained before, so it must be okay.”

  • http://twitter.com/notlobau John

    I don’t live in the US but I follow the antics of the Religious Right in the US . People like Perry, Palin, Bachmann etc, are so completely deluded and blinded by “faith” (personally I think it’s just for the votes) they’re unable to function in the real world, all they want to do is push their dogma on everyone.
    More power to Freethinkers and Atheists everywhere

  • Larryshaw

    Waaahhh!  Waaahhh!  D-don’t let him do it, Judge!  Don’t let that man Perry go to that meeting.  Waahh!   He might say – snivel snivel – that word God in public.  Waahh!  I don’t want him to, Judge.  Waahh!  I don’t like that.  snivel snivel  Please don’t let him do it.  Waaaahhhhh!  Waaaaahhhhh!  Judge, make up a law that says – snivel snivel – that  man Perry can’t say what he wants to say.  I know you can do that.  Judges make up laws like that all the time.  Waaaaahhh! snivel snivel  Lots of kids in school are not allowed to write what they want to write, or even say what the want to say.  Make up a law like that for – snivel snivel – that awful man Perry.  Now that lots of kids can’t say what they want to say in school – waaaahhhh – snivel snivel – shouldn’t we work on the grown-ups?  Waaahhh  Judge, I hear people talk about God a lot.  Waaaaahhhhhh! – snivel snivel  I don’t like that.  I don’t want them to say it.  Nobody should say it.  Waah
    Judge, let’s work on a law for grown-ups.  We can start with this guy Perry.  We can stop him, then we can stop other grown-ups.  snivel snivel Waaaahhhh! Waaaahhhh!
    That’s what I want, Judge.  Give me what I want, Judge.  GIVE       ME      MY    WAY!!
    Waaaahhhhh!  WAAAAHHHH!  WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! 


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