US State governors invited to parade their Christian piety at a Texas prayer marathon

US State governors invited to parade their Christian piety at a Texas prayer marathon June 9, 2011

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:

Imbecile: Governor Rick Perry thinks prayer is the answer to America's woes.

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 ‘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 ‘drag queens’, nudity, and other homosexual activities.

Governor Dean is said “not to be pleased” that the AFA is targeting a major Georgia company (and political contributor).
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.


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  • They should remember that when they do pray, they should do it standing in their public forums and on the street corners so they can be seen by others. That way they will be fully rewarded.
    They certainly shouldn’t go in their rooms, close the door and pray. No that would be hypocritical.
    Wait, hang on. I’ve got that wrong haven’t I.

  • The Woggler

    Ooops, Texans again.

  • Paul

    There is a petition against the proposed governor’s prayer day:

  • AgentCormac

    @ Paul
    Thanks for that link. I can’t believe Perry has actually claimed that “some problems are beyond our power to solve”.
    What a nutjob!
    I wonder which problems he means. The economy? The war in Afghanistan? Making the trains run on time? Or is her referring to natural disasters? Either way, I imagine it hardly inspires confidence in his ability or determination to be an effective politician!
    Good luck with your petition.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Why isn’t this man trying to do something practical about the problems his country faces? After all, that’s what he was voted in to do, not to run away from dealing with them. If he thinks that there are problems that are way too difficult for him to deal with then he is saying that he is not fit to be in position, he should resign.

  • Newspaniard

    The last of the Superpowers… islam here we come.

  • AngieRS


  • Stonyground

    I have read this story elsewhere, it was mentioned that the event was to take place at the Reliant Stadium. Was the place named after a quaint English three wheeled car?

  • Broga

    Ah, Texas, land of oil wells and big hats and a place where I would pay serious money not to live. Last time I met a Texan he advised me, “If you get into an argument with another car driver, dont. They might shoot you.” Very christian state I understand.

  • Anonymous
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  • barriejohn
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  • barriejohn

    Looks as if Perry WILL be running for president:
    Isn’t it sad to see the Republicans in such disarray?

  • sailor1031

    Barrie: yes – so sad. I cry myself to sleep night after night. And now Gingrich is cratering – boo hoo.. I’d pray but it doesn’t work. I’ve prayed for Perry for a long time and the devil still hasn’t taken him away…..

  • sailor1031

    Broga: if doG didn’t want us to kill other people he wouldn’t have given us the second amendment..

  • AgentCormac

    But now just wait for der Frauenführer to throw her hat in the ring.

  • barriejohn
  • OurSally

    I’m sure Texas is a very fine place, but even the unique possibility of being able to vote for Kinky Friedman would not get me to move there. The Texans are the problem.
    How do they get that way? Is it the heat? The tequila? The snakes? The effect of long-term cowboy-hat wearing?

  • AgentCormac
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  • Graham Martin-Royle

    M. Thatcher believes Sarah Palin is nuts? Oh boy, that’s bad news for S.P.

  • barriejohn
  • AngieRS

    I think this is one Marathon which has way too many nuts in it.

  • barriejohn

    Betraying your age there, Angie!

  • AngieRS


  • Perhaps the “bitches” should be referred to as “chattels” as in a wife belonging to the husband just like the bible states. Thre we are, inching ever closer to the 12th century.

  • Ex Patriot

    I hope these nut jobs enjoy talking to themselves as that is what they are doing.