Rick Perry Doubles Down on His Fear of Satan

Rick Perry, a.k.a. “Governor Oops,” made news recently when he ascribed the concept of church-state separation to the machinations of Satan. No really, he did.

And in case you thought that maybe he was being hyperbolic, perhaps talking in the heat of some spiritual passion, well…

Here’s the governor on stage for a sit-down interview for the Texas Tribune Festival, talking calmly, soberly, and without a hint of irony about how scared he is of Satan. He even uses The Usual Suspects to back up his theology. Watch and tremble:

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Let me just go on the record of saying I believe in Satan. And I certainly hope most of the people in here do…

That’s my belief and I don’t apologize for it.

He also complains that instances of church-state separation such as prohibitions against publicly coerced prayer represent a blockade to people of faith getting involved in politics, and indicated a general hostility to religion. Yep, he really thinks all of that.

One thing he’s right about: “Somebody’s values are going to be legislated. And the question is going to be, is, whose values are they?”

Now that’s a good question.

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  • http://goddoesnt.blogspot.com/ James Lindsay

    Holy crap! I actually had a section in the book I wrote where I talked about people using popular movies to back up their theology, but I cut it out. The Usual Suspects is a new one for me. I had What Dreams May Come (frequently) and surprisingly enough, from an adult, Angels in the Outfield as real-life examples from my experiences. I titled that chapter “Spirituality Lite,” for reasons that should be all too obvious.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    He said right at the end “Somebody’s values are going to be legislated and the question comes down to whose values are?”

    So he clearly wants his narrow Christian values to be put into law.  So however he and his kind interpret the bible should be the law of the land for all.  Really scary.

  • Octoberfurst

     It amazes me that Texas made this guy Governor. Every times he talks I just cringe. So he believes in Satan eh? I wonder if he still believes in Santa and the Tooth Fairy too?
      It’s frightening that he doesn’t understand the whole seperation of church and State thing.  He acts like forbidding prayer at a public event is somehow supressing religious freedom. Clueless. Totally clueless.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Wow. Rick Perry is just so guilty of sloppy thinking.

    He basically equate “no prayers at government meetings” with “people of faith are not allowed to go out in public or be involved in politics”. It’s like he thinks it would be impossible for ‘people of faith’ to participate in a public meeting without them having to make everyone else there be subject to hearing them pray out loud to whatever supernatural beings they believe in.

    Very scary that this man made it to Governor of one of the largest states in the USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-McCready/1819527656 John McCready

    He believes IN Satan? That is gonna cost him the next election easy! Although having a Satanist as governor ought to be interesting for even Texas! So, when do the children and small  animals start getting sacrificed, Governor Perry? 

  • ZenDruid

    I don’t think Perry really believes. He’ll need to sacrifice a goat in the approved manner before I’m convinced.

  • Mandocommando23

    This is what makes me so furious at people like Perry–they set it up as an us vs. them dilemma. What they don’t see is that in secular government EVERYONE wins! No one is stopping Christians from being involved in government. But when they try to legislate their beliefs over the beliefs of others, they must be stopped. 

  • Question Everything

    I’d really love to see some burnt offerings and such on YouTube.  Though I’m not sure how many doves or goats or whatever he should sacrifice in exchange for praying in public (which is a no-no) as he does..

  • Grizzz

    Here is the problem with Texas. It is full of Texans like Rick “Dick” Perry.

    Texas – aesthetically and from a natural history standpoint is astonishing! From the Big Pine region of the eastern side, Galveston Island, the “Redneck Riveria” and the Big Bend region, Texas is freaking AWESOME…..but then you go and pour a bunch of ignorant hillbilly jesus-buffs into the mix and VOILA – instant horrible.

    The last three good exports from Texas were Lyle Lovett, Kinky Friendman and Lance Armstrong.

  • Artor

    He has hundreds on Death Row to sacrifice before he gets to the politically unpopular blood. 

  • RobertoTheChi

    The only ‘forces of darkness’ in this asshole’s world would be the black, empty void where his brain should be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.satx Steven Satx

     People like him don’t want everyone to win, they just want their group (for now, Christians in general) to win.

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    That’s plain crazy. Satan is trying to keep Christians and people of faith out of the public arena… what does Satan have to gain from it? What’s Satan’s goal? To have secular politics? Healthcare, education and all that democratic stuff? What an asshole.

  • Lieca

    He is a perfect example of why religion should be kept out of politics. Careful Rick, the boogie man is coming too.

  • neo

    Of course he believes in satan ,JEHOVA IS SATAN!!! Dont believe it? Then please read the following scriptures carefully. Hosea 13:4 to 8, 1 Peter 5:8, and Revelation 13:2 . The devils greatest trick is not making most believe he doesnt exist , the devils greatest trick is making almost everyone believe he is God!!!

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    If Pious Perry thinks that “prohibitions against publicly coerced prayer represent a blockade to people of faith getting involved in politics,” then it’s not a very effective blockade, is it? Politics has more superstitious bumpkins crawling all over it than flies on a day-old dog turd.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    people of faith should be very much involved, and their values should be involved in the public arena

    Nearly ever elected official in the country is a person of faith.  So what’s the problem again?

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    Since I just posted this on FB, and it seems apropos:

    In the 1912 election there was Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Roosevelt, and Socialist Eugene Debs. Wilson: “Of course, like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised” Roosevelt: “Thank Heaven I sat at the feet of Darin and Huxley” Taft: “I do not believe in the divinity of Christ and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe” Debs: “I don’t know of any crime that the oppressors and their hire-lings have not proven by the Bible” I don’t mean to argue from authority. Being a presidential candidate doesn’t mean someone has any particular knowledge of God, for or against. I just mean to point out that I really don’t think Christianity is in any danger in this country.

    This is all from http://www.amazon.com/Nonbeliever-Nation-Rise-Secular-Americans/dp/023033895X

  • amycas

     “….but then you go and pour a bunch of ignorant hillbilly jesus-buffs into the mix and VOILA – instant horrible.”

    Agreed. They’re the reason I don’t want to live here anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradley.betts.10 Bradley Betts

    To paraphrase a famous British saying regarding the French…

    “You know what the problem with Texas is? The Texans”.

  • C Peterson

    The problem is, given the statistics, we can assume that at least 20% of them are not persons of faith… but the environment created by the Perry’s of this country make it necessary for them to pretend otherwise. That’s not healthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffdee01 Jeff Dee

    I’m not ashamed to admit that YES, I’m afraid to allow nitwits who believe in invisible spooks in the sky to hold public office.

    I’m afraid of that, but I’m not stupid enough to think that it would be acceptable to pass legislation to *prevent* those nitwits from holding office.

    You know. Legislation like *they* passed, in several states around the country, preventing those of us who *don’t* believe in sky-spooks from holding office.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    On the contrary, I think the number really is a lot less than 20%.  Not as low as reported, but below representation in the general population.

    There is no official religious test to hold office in the US, but in practice it’s strongly discouraged.