Listening to Rick Perry’s Response

Today's the day! Texas Governor Rick Perry's massive prayer rally "The Response" is now underway, and you can watch the multi-hour conservative Christian extravaganza via streaming video (if you're into that sort of thing). They are even live-tweeting the event. [blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/theresponseusa/status/99880630095065088"] I have weighed in on this event before, and on the troubling inclusion of leaders from the anti-Pagan New Apostolic Reformation (among others). Despite criticisms that this a (conservative) Christians-only affair that some feel transgresses church-state boundaries, Eric Bearse, former speechwriter and Director of Communications for Rick Perry, now off … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.Early reviews of “The Wicker Tree” from its Fantasia 2011 screening are emerging. Fangoria says it "can’t match the impact of its predecessor." Twitch opines that it "is going seen as horrific and blasphemous to those who saw the original film as an act of horror and blasphemy." Sound on Sight opines that it is "not only a great genre film, but a film that pushes the boundaries of cinema itself." All the reviews point out that this is a far more broadly comic film than it's s … [Read more...]

Rick Perry Endorser: “Stop Voting for Pagans”

I don't know how Right Wing Watch digs this stuff up, but gods bless 'em for it. Below is a video of controversial pastor John Hagee, an endorser of  upcoming prayer event The Response, and a man potential presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry has "worked to cultivate" a relationship with. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldBF3wVKGCQ Here's the entire uncut sermon.As scrutiny of The Response grows, organizers seem to be getting a little nervous. Is that why the link to the endorsers page has disappeared from the website? Back in 2008 John Hagee was too extreme for John McCain, but Dallas Morning News religion reporter Wayne Slater says that you shouldn't "expect Rick Perry to do t … [Read more...]

On Faith: My Response to ‘The Response’

My latest response at the Washington Post’s On Faith site is now up.Here’s this week’s panel question: Texas Governor, and possible GOP presidential candidate, Rick Perry has endorsed ‘The Response’ a prayer event scheduled for August 6 in Texas. “As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy,” Perry wrote on the event’s official Web site. Perry’s critics are concerned about his distinctly Christian approach to public prayer as well as his association, through ‘The Response,’ with several problematic pastors, among them John Hagee, controversial for his comments on Israel, … [Read more...]