Don't bet on Perry if he prays to win the GOP nomination

Back in April, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially proclaimed three days of prayer to bring rain. Texas was already in a bad way at I suppose he and his advisors thought a little prayer couldn't hurt.  According to the US drought monitor, here is what the nation looked like on April 19, just a couple of days before the season of prayer.It looked bad then. Now look at the map of the drought for August 9.As the key shows the darker colors indicate dryer conditions. Since the … [Read more...]

The Response – Good and bad

Rick Perry's not-as-big-as-hoped prayer meeting, The Response is underway in Texas. You can check out the live stream at the website. As I take a break and write, a gospel choir is belting out some sweet praise music. As an evangelical, these songs touch me deeply and as is customary for me lifts my emotions.But then I think about who is paying the bills (host entity) for the event.The folks who think there is honor in the displacement and elimination of Native Americans from the land, wh … [Read more...]

The strange bedfellows involved in Rick Perry’s prayer meeting

On the video below, at least four people who are associated with Governor Rick Perry's The Response prayer meeting speak in favor of an apology to Native American people for the atrocities committed against them by European settlers. Jay Swallow, Lou Engle, Sam Brownback and John Benefiel appear and support the Native American Apology Resolution. In fact, John Benefiel's ministry made the video.Lou Engle, who is not listed as a The Response endorser but is a part of the International H … [Read more...]

Article on The Response and the AFA published at Indian Country Times

I believe the Indian Country Times is the largest Native American news service on the web. Today, they published my article asking why Governor Rick Perry would partner with the American Family Association given the vilification of Native Americans by Bryan Fischer and condoned by the AFA earlier in the year. I am glad that the ICT folks consider the issue relevant and important enough to bring before their readers.Click the link for the article. … [Read more...]

One more reason to just say no to The Response

Of late, left leaning groups have raised concerns about a prayer meeting convened by Texas Governor Rick Perry and hosted by the American Family Association. Called “The Response,” the event bills itself as a religiously motivated solemn assembly. To me, it seems like a political statement. About his work, National Finance Chair for the event and uber-organizer, David Lane says, "What I do is spiritual. The by-product is political."One of the major problems with the event as raised by cri … [Read more...]


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