Asked before the event what he would be praying for at his 'apolitical, ecumenical' prayer rally, The Response, Texas
prophet Governor Rick Perry talked about too many 'taxes and regulations.'
I am sure he didn't mean for that political stuff to enter into his reply.
Anyway, it was not like he was actually at the apolitical, ecumenical event yet:
So, the big day finally arrived. Gov. Perry, who had invited all the leaders of the other 49 states, was joined by only one of his fellow governor's, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas. (Although Florida's Gov. Rick Scott apparently sent a video message.) Still, he shouldered on with the help of numerous apolitical, ecumenical representatives of the Christian Right, including luminaries of unity, tolerance and understanding like David Barton, Tony Perkins, Penny Nance, Jim Garlow, and John Hagee. Some 25,000 people sat in some of the 71,500 seats of Houston's Reliant Stadium to see them:
If anyone doubted Gov Perry's word that this was going to be an 'apolitical' event, then what better way to get things started than with the founder of Focus on the Family, James Dobson, and his wife Shirley. (By the way, they were also Honorary Co-Charis of the event.) They certainly got things rolling with talk of all the evil and immorality in America today. And what an interesting metaphor they chose in their call for the U.S.A. to be rescued from all this bad stuff surrounding it by a new 'miracle of Dunkirk,' a reference to the WWII evacuation of British soldiers from the Nazis that were surrounding them after they lost the Battle of Dunkirk. That reminded me of Dobson's reaction to the election of President Barack Obama, which he compared to the Nazi bombing of Great Britain. Of course, I am sure it was just a coincidence that he would compare evil to Nazis after he had compared the current president's electoral victory to a Nazi attack:
Gov. Perry's "God is wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party" line was pretty good, not to mention apolitical. (Oh, by the way, I believe the woman standing on stage with him is Alice Patterson, founder of Justice at the Gate in San Antonio, and author of 'Bridging the Racial and Political Divide,' in which she claims that the Democratic party is controlled by demons. I guess it makes sense that the devil is not wise enough to not to be affiliated with any political party.):
I'm sure American Jews were grateful for the attention given to Israel, especially the prayer by Pastor Don Finto calling for a 'revival' in that country and for the Jewish people to come to the Messiah:
Mike Bickle does his bit for national unity and ecumenicism by preaching against those who are trying to 'redefine love' (aka teh gays) and warning attendees about the dangers of 'false religions.' (He must have forgotten to give his usual warning about Oprah being a harlot ushering in the anti-Christ.):
During a segment dedicated to praying for the generations, James Dobson claims today's younger generation has been subjected to more wickedness, evil and lies than any generation in history. Vonette Bright has a cure for that - making sure the 10 Commandments and prayer are in every school. One good generational turn deserves another, so The Response's 'Student Mobilization' coordinator, Laura Zavala Allred, weeps a prayer of thanks for the older generation:
And to wrap things up, here is a CBS News report on the event that wonders if any of this had anything to do with Perry's political aspirations:
Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry hosted a rally of Evangelical supporters deemed controversial by some for inappropriately mixing religion and politics.
C'mon CBS, how could you even suggest such a thing? This was apolitical, ecumenical and absolutely nothing else.