A lot has been made of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally, which he led this morning in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Perry, who is ramping up his campaign to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, insists that there were no political motivations to the gathering. Exactly, Rick Perry prays with 20,000 people in football stadiums every Saturday. While many critics complain that this blurs the line between church and state, those critics are heathens. So, what was the governor’s prayer rally like?
Politico reports that many started to enter the stadium as early as 8 a.m., and they “rose to their feet” when Perry appeared, “cheering wildly when he hit a line in a passage from the Book of Joel: ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion!'”
On the website for the event, which Perry calls “The Response,” he wrote that, “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. 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.”
This prayer rally is just what a country that is “besieged…by a multitude of natural disasters” needs. What we don’t need are those stupid tsunami warning centers that would have been cut under the GOP’s proposed budget.
The majority of the rally was scripture-related, with Governor Perry reading “passages from the books of Isaiah, Joel and Ephesians.”
He also led the crowd in his own prayers, saying, “Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home, we see fear in the marketplace, we see anger in the halls of government. And as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us. And for that we cry out for your forgiveness.”
Young people seemed to have the most fun, however, as a “kids’ area was set up in the Jose Cuervo Cantina on the stadium’s south side.”
Who do you gotta pray to in order to get some limes around here?