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GOVERNOR RICK PERRY'S PRAYER EVENT IRKS THE LEFT
National Spotlight ^ | 8/8/11 | Derek Petrella

Posted on 08/08/2011 9:20:51 AM PDT by NationalSpotlight

Listening to the liberal commentators on MSNBC, the left cannot stand Governor Rick Perry hosting an event of prayer and fasting in Texas. The left is irritated by the freedom to express one's religion in public. They said the governor is overstepping his boundaries in the separation of church and state. The problem with this criticism is that Rick Perry is not forcing his religion on Texans. He is not transforming the Texas government into a theocracy. Separation of church and state does not mean taking away religion from the public square. It means the government cannot force a religion down the throats of its citizens. The left loves to use Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom to make their point about the separation of church and state. However, it does not say freedom to express one's religion should be removed from the public square. Every time the American Civil Liberties Union  (ACLU) forces the removal of a religious symbol in the public square, it is unconstitutional! I challenge the left to remove "In God We Trust" from the dollar, all of the religious statements that are inscribed in the memorials and monuments in Washington, DC, Christ out of Christmas, etc. Our founding fathers would be disgusted with the left's nonsense!

Of course, the left was downplaying the turnout for the event hoping it would be a flop. They were wrong again. At least 30,000 Christians turned out for the prayer event at Reliant Stadium in Houston. It would be great if more government officials like Rick Perry would hold prayer events around the country. America would be a better place.

Here is a verse to reflect on: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."          (II Chronicles 7:14)


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: prayer; rickperry; theleft; theresponse

1 posted on 08/08/2011 9:21:00 AM PDT by NationalSpotlight
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To: NationalSpotlight

Yet not one word about the muslim in chief attending a ramadan event.


2 posted on 08/08/2011 9:24:09 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: NationalSpotlight

Perry’s Prayer Event irks. Actually, Christ Himself irks the Left.


3 posted on 08/08/2011 9:24:42 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: NationalSpotlight

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY’S PRAYER EVENT IRKS THE LEFT

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At first I was gonna reply that “It irks some on the right too”. But really. You can be an atheist and a strict Constitutionalist and still have no problem with what Gov. Perry did.

God Bless Perry.


4 posted on 08/08/2011 9:25:57 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: NationalSpotlight

We desperately need all the help we can get. I think it is great when people pray. It should happen more often.


5 posted on 08/08/2011 9:26:13 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: NationalSpotlight

Good post. Perry has as much as anyone else to go to prayer meeting and to pray.

Good for the Christians who showed up by the thousands.

The left is reacting to something they sense: the focus of the prayer includes them, and God might actually break through their depraved shell and give some of them a heart of flesh.

IOW, they realize it’s an attack on the strongholds of darkness.


6 posted on 08/08/2011 9:26:46 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: NationalSpotlight

“At least 30,000 Christians turned out for the prayer event at Reliant Stadium in Houston.”

Emphasis on “at least”: my folks were there and said the organizers had opened the top section because the field chairs and the first two levels were full by the time they left. He also said it was truly apolitical, and Perry made sure to expressly say so. He spoke, prayed and did not try to make the event anything other than a prayer meeting.

Impressive.

Colonel, USAFR


7 posted on 08/08/2011 9:28:25 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: NationalSpotlight

I posted this in a thread about the topic yesterday:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2760134/posts?page=7#7

happened first thing Sunday when i walked into the gym, heard it from a left wing lunatic ...”well i guess Perry won’t be the GOP nominee”..”oh?” i asked- “he’s a religious zealot- no one will vote for him”...

i laughed- “yeh- but they’re gonna re-elect a left wing ideologue that’s brought us constant 9% unemployment, unsustainable deficits and $4/gallon gas”....”Perry will destroy obama- left wing media or not” i finished up with...


8 posted on 08/08/2011 9:29:00 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: NationalSpotlight

The left irks me,,, but i never see stories in the news about how they irk me. And not to put too fine of a point on it,,, but the prayer rally had no impact on them at all. They could ignore it and go be a liberal the same as always.

When they do socialist things, i lose personal freedom, to speak, to travel, to act as i please, to keep what i earn, to own a gun, to drive a car, to flush a working toilet, to screw in a light bulb, to set my thermostat to 72, to eat what i please,,etc. So, yeah,,,im irked.


9 posted on 08/08/2011 9:29:12 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: NationalSpotlight

Its a beautiful thing when a RINO(perry) irks the left..
A rare event... but beautiful..

Myth Romney is careful to not do that..


10 posted on 08/08/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Terry Mross
Yet not one word about the muslim in chief attending a ramadan event.

Obama is not "attending" a Ramadan event.

He's hosting one. In the White House.

11 posted on 08/08/2011 9:32:05 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: NationalSpotlight

Prayer at at time like this?!?!?
What a radical, extremist idea.


12 posted on 08/08/2011 9:34:16 AM PDT by all the best
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To: NationalSpotlight

bump.


13 posted on 08/08/2011 9:38:18 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: NationalSpotlight

If it irked the left then it must have been a raving success!!!


14 posted on 08/08/2011 9:39:07 AM PDT by ontap
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To: God luvs America

Great post! I liked how you tied Ronald Reagan’s prayer breakfast event in 1984 with Rick Perry’s Response event. Good to know! The quotes by Reagan are great too!


15 posted on 08/08/2011 9:41:11 AM PDT by NationalSpotlight
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To: andy58-in-nh
Obama is not "attending" a Ramadan event. He's hosting one. In the White House.

Correct. And if it were up to me, I'd bring back public hanging events complete with the hymn singing.

It would be compassionate to send murderous perps back to meet their maker with the timeless lyrics to Rock of Ages or other great Christian hymns on their minds. And even better, it would p*ss off the ACLU.

If I were the governor and was not a believing Christian, I'd make it a point to attend a Christian event just for the value and object lesson it would give in p*ssing off the ACLU.

16 posted on 08/08/2011 9:43:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: jagusafr

Many of my friends were at the gathering and one of them said that he thought 50,000 would be an accurate number. When asked about 30,000 he said no way, it was much larger than that.


17 posted on 08/08/2011 9:45:39 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Vigilanteman
I'm all for the return of religious faith to public life - its effective banishment is a significant reason for the seeming intractability of our problems. But Islam is not the faith I would have had in mind, especially since this is a Christian nation founded upon Judeo-Christian values, not those of the Qur'an. Obama clearly believes otherwise.
18 posted on 08/08/2011 9:55:07 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: NationalSpotlight

It could irk anyone on the right. Perry could be as phony as Clinton carrying a big Bible to church, just to please the social conservatives in this country.


19 posted on 08/08/2011 10:10:58 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: NationalSpotlight
"Rick Perry's Prayer Event" ?

This was Rick Perry's event? The Governor of Texas had a prayer event?

20 posted on 08/08/2011 10:14:54 AM PDT by GBA
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To: NationalSpotlight

If you want to make a liberal go totally nuts, send them a link to FDR’s D-Day prayer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-weBUzQleo


21 posted on 08/08/2011 10:34:59 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: NationalSpotlight

My first question is, has Perry had prayer meetings, in the past, as Governor?

I only ask because I have a problem with, not only politicians, but businesses who use religion as part of their television and radio ad’s.

As a man of faith, I don’t patronize these business because I feel they are USING religion as a tool.

IF Governor Perry falls into this category then I’ll look elsewhere for someone else to support as a presidential candidate.


22 posted on 08/08/2011 10:44:29 AM PDT by RetSignman (It's Summertime...the "Goebbles Warmers" are back from hibernation.)
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To: Terry Mross

For people to base their morality on religion irks the left but they have no problem with forcing their perverted forms of morality upon people and businesses using the force of government. The left are trying to force the perverted morality of the homosexual lifestyle on people and using the force of government to do so. They do not even want to allow people the right to representation on the issue. The left is also trying to force their greenie morality on everyone as well.

It does not matter whether a belief system is considered a recognized religion or not there should be equality for all in the public square in regards to expression of their moral views. The reason that the left wants to ban religion in the public square is to give their own perverted belief systems an unfair advantage.


23 posted on 08/08/2011 10:53:15 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: RetSignman

Why do you have a problem with the expression of religion in the public square by anyone?

In today’s society we have perverts preaching immorality at every turn yet you want to take issue with someone expressing Christian views?


24 posted on 08/08/2011 10:54:58 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: TheBigIf

I do not have any problem whatsoever with the honest expression of religion in the public square.

What I do have a problem with, is a politician using religion as a ‘devise’ to garner political support from a socially conservative demographic group.

Clinton used to carry around a Holy Bible. Is Perry sincere?

Pardon me for being cynical, but I just can’t help it.


25 posted on 08/08/2011 11:09:07 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

DITTO.


26 posted on 08/08/2011 11:24:15 AM PDT by RetSignman (It's Summertime...the "Goebbles Warmers" are back from hibernation.)
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To: SatinDoll

Fair enough but considering that your view kind of feeds in to the leftist view that all religious expression should be banned from the public and kept behind closed doors I would be careful how quick you judge those who express religious views.

The left are very quick to call all religious expression a tool to control people if it is not kept behind doors. Yet of course the left-wing always have some new perversion to preach in the public square.


27 posted on 08/08/2011 11:45:21 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: SatinDoll

I to some degree have the same cynicism about people who complain about religious expression coming from politicians. I always suspect that they are promoting a left-wing view.


28 posted on 08/08/2011 11:48:22 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: TheBigIf

I don’t feed into any leftist view. Banning the public display of religious expression is NOT my stance.

Sarah Palin is definitely a born-again Christian and I find nothing to question about her public demonstrations of faith.

There is a time and place for everything, and I’m suspicious of Gov.Perry’s timing and overt display. Besides, I wouldn’t vote for him; he’s Bush Redux.


29 posted on 08/08/2011 11:56:18 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

Don’t know about sincerity by Perry but this isn’t the first time he’s called for prayer. He did so back in April of this year regarding the drought that Texas has been experiencing [rain is still needed]. I read somewhere this Response began being formulated back in Dec. 2010. That I don’t if is true or not.


30 posted on 08/08/2011 12:13:10 PM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: deport; TheBigIf

The drought conditions in Texas are horrifying, I know. Relatives of mine live in Waco. Appealing to the Almighty is definitely something I would do under the same circumstances.

Religion here isn’t the issue; for me, the issue is the judgment exhibited (hence the comment about sincerity) on the part of Gov.Perry. Allowing the Lt.Governor the lead on fasting and prayer would benefit that person if/when running for the open office of governor, as Gov.Perry may be running for President. This would demonstrate that he, Rick Perry, is not exploiting this situation for political gain.

I have a lot of problems with Gov.Perry’s past political performance as Texas governor, and question how it would transfer to the U.S.Presidency.


31 posted on 08/08/2011 12:37:49 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

The drought conditions in Texas are horrifying, I know.


It is bad to say the least. I travel a lot of the state and the landscape is brown to burnt.

The drought is so bad here that the trees are now fighting over dogs.


32 posted on 08/08/2011 12:42:46 PM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: deport

We pray out loud in restaurants when we go out to eat - no one has ever told us to stop - only politicians and liberals have a cow about our freedom to EXPRESS OUR THANKS to the GOD WHO GAVE US THIS GREAT NATION!

It’s time we all start PRAYING OUT LOUD - IN PUBLIC PLACES - OFTEN!@


33 posted on 08/08/2011 7:59:09 PM PDT by princess leah
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