REPUBLICAN Rick Perry – who replaced George W Bush as Governor of Texas – is partnering with the crazy Christian American Family Association (AFA) to hold an all-day prayer event in Houston this August. Perry has invited his fellow governors to join him at the event to:
Call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles facing the country, including financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters.
According to a report in Time magazine, least one Republican Governor – Georgia’s Nathan Dean – has already made it clear he won’t be attending, which may open the door for others to decline.
Dean’s refusal could well be due to the fact that the American Family Association has been running a year-long boycott against the Atlanta-based Home Depot because the company:
Has chosen to sponsor and participate in numerous gay pride parades and festivals.
Last week, an AFA official showed up at a Home Depot board meeting with a petition bearing the names of a half million people who say they will not shop at the home store unless it ceases its “homosexual activism.” Home Depot’s chairman was reportedly unmoved and reiterated the company’s commitment to diversity, a response that indicates social attitudes are shifting away from the AFA’s stock opposition to homosexuality.
Says AFA on its website:
Home Depot is sponsoring â€˜Southern Maine Pride’ in Portland, Maine next weekend. Last year, Home Depot set up a Kid’s Workshop booth at the event. Children were exposed to â€˜drag queens’, nudity, and other homosexual activities.
AFA busybodies, by the way, are also having a fit of the vapours over a planned prime-time TV series – Good Christian Bitches – which it describes as:
A Christian-bashing version of ABC’s current Desperate Housewives.
Amusingly, purse-lipped AFA prudes could not bring themselves to spell out “bitches” and have omitted the “i”.
Less than pleased too with the planned prayer-fest are several groups, including the Interfaith Alliance and the Secular Coalition, who have already expressed concern about the “Christians only” nature of the event, as well as with Perry’s apparent official endorsement of a sectarian prayer gathering.
Pundits have speculated about whether governors will feel pressure to show up to Perry’s shindig or risk being labeled anti-prayer godless secularists.
Time warns that governors need to be wary of what they pray for:
In 2004, Republican Governor Mike Rounds proclaimed a state-wide day of prayer to ask for rain for the drought-plagued state. So the people of South Dakota prayed on May 23. And lo, it started to rain. And rain. And rain. For fourteen straight days, it rained. It rained so much that the parched ground couldn’t handle all the water. Some areas of the state flooded and Governor Rounds had to call in FEMA to assess the damage.