Governor Rick Perry’s solution to America’s problems: Pray it away.

Texas Governor Rick Perry rarely misses an opportunity to mix religion with politics, but he’s really going all out with his latest promotion. It seems he’s joined up with the nutcases at the American Family Association and issued a call for a day of prayer to address all the ills America suffers from today.

Fellow Americans,

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.

Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.

I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.

via The Response: A call to prayer for a nation in crisis.

What a monumental waste of time and money. None of the problems Perry lists are “beyond our power to solve” so long as we’re willing to get off our asses and actually do something about it. Dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, in particular, tends to be much more manageable when we aren’t wasting time on our knees praying to an absentee deity.

This is nothing more than simple pandering toward the overtly religious and the cynical side of me thinks it’s probably in preparation for announcing his candidacy for President.

And it looks like I’m not the only one to think so:

The new event is the largest display of faith he has planned, and it occurs a week before the Iowa straw polls.

“It’s a continuation of his so-far successful effort to keep his name in the papers. He’s been maintaining a high profile — some think to run for president, others think for different reasons. This is surely that,” said Bruce Buchanan, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, whose specialties include presidential politics.

“It also bespeaks the kind of constituency that he wants to reach and address — what he thinks his base is, for whatever purposes he may have.”

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, called the rally “an obvious appeal to fundamentalist Christians, who comprise 60 percent of the turnout in the Iowa caucuses. It could be even higher in South Carolina, another early primary.”

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, said she understood how some Republican Christians may be holding out hope for Perry to join the race, particularly after Mike Huckabee announced he would not run in 2012. Huckabee, who also used the restoration movement during his campaign, had been a favorite in Texas.

The only good thing about this event is that the nutcases at the AFA are paying for it rather than Texas taxpayers. Still, it’s aggravating to see someone so blatantly make use of division politics in such a way.

Granted, it is Texas and that’s sort of how they do things there, but still. You’d think he’d at least pretend to be running to represent all Americans and not just the far religious right.

4 thoughts on “Governor Rick Perry’s solution to America’s problems: Pray it away.

  1. The funny thing is that praying is little more than saying to god “Fuck your plan, mine is better”.
    A true christian will never do anything but praise god in his/her prayers.

  2. Been reading a good book, “Soul of a Citizen,” by Paul Rogat Loeb. Just one of the back cover praises: “Brims with stirring stories of everyday heroes who saw something wrong, heeded the voice of their conscience, gathered support, and, acting in concert with others, changed things and made a difference.” Philadelphia Inquirer

    One of the stories included is about Rosa Parks. Everyone has heard about the day she refused to move to the back of the bus and how that inspired the successful Montgomery bus boycott. Few know that she had spent twelve years helping lead the local NAACP chapter and, just the summer before, had attended a ten-day training session at Tennessee’s labor and civil rights organizing school, the Highlander Center. Fifty years earlier, another bus boycott in Montgomery had eased some restrictions and a bus boycott in Baton Rouge had won limited gains just two years before Rosa was arrested. Like most heroes, she built on the successes of others and had been training for years, little by little, to arrive at the point that changed the world. But it was done by ACTION, not just sitting down and meditating or praying. Also read Fisher’s biography of Mahatma Gandhi.

    And, like Moloch said.



  3. During the Bush years the idea seemed to be that tax cuts and God would take care of everything. Three wars, an economic crisis and high unemployment later and we still keep hearing the same solutions. I suppose we’re supposed to just (sigh) have faith? It’s not as though there are alternatives to tax cuts and God, right?

  4. Positive:
    Didn’t you notice that tax cuts and God already DID take care of everything? Can I help it if the solution that was given was not the solution you hoped would be offered? There you go, trying to outsmart God, again. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

    😉 😆


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