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One major difference in the two political parties has typically been found when comparing the two parties' policy positions on the issue of the separation of church and state. Obviously, the 1st amendment says that our government should write no law which establishes religion. However, many of today's conservatives simply reject that portion of the 1st amendment...simply ignore it altogether....much as those same conservatives reject the words "in order to maintain a well-regulated militia" in the second amendment.
But the words....in either amendment...are still there.
Government and god.....don't mix. Jefferson, Madison and the fellas didn't want them mixed in the new America they helped to form.....and so they established a wall of separation between the two.
The 1st amendment begins.....Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Texas Governor Rick Perry.....now being touted as the GOP's only hope in next November's presidential election.....doesn't think Jefferson and Madison and the fellas knew what they were talking about back then. Perry has announced a national day of prayer and fasting on August 6th.
Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed Saturday, Aug. 6th, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation.
Perry derives his day of prayer from the Judeo-Christian Old Testament book of Joel....
"I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel."
Here is what Perry is referring to....
14 Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the old men and all the inhabitants of the land unto the house of Jehovah your God, and cry unto Jehovah.
15 Alas for the day! for the day of Jehovah is at hand, and as destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
So, what we have here is a state governor calling for a special assembly of the "leaders" of the United States for the purpose of praying (or crying) to someone named Jehovah.....praying for help. Other than pandering for potential evangelical votes in a hypothetical Perry run for the presidency....why is the secession-talking Texas Governor calling for a national day of prayer and fasting?
"Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture,.....I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force."
My favorite Perry "trial" is the "continued debasement of our culture". For a Texas governor like Perry that could mean "abortion is still legal", or "gays are marrying in some states",....or it could mean "watching porn on your wireless device makes Jesus cry." Perry doesn't give us any specifics to go on.
What National Pastor Perry knows is that from "global economic downturns" to "natural disasters" to the "danger of terrorism" to the "debasement of our culture"......if everyone would fast and pray on August 6th to Jehovah, the invisible Judeo-Christian god....we could "rebuild our communities" and "restore" Jehovah's "enduring values."
Here's the hoot line....
His (Perry's) call to prayer on Aug. 6th is a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer service to seek forgiveness, healing and blessing for our country.
Not only is Rick Perry violating the spirit of the 1st amendment by using his political office to promote the Christian religion.....but Perry is also demonstrating what kind of national leader he would be should Americans lose their collective minds and vote for him for president next fall.
How will Perry approach thorny national and international problems, if elected president? Why, he'll gather all of us Americans together for days of fasting and prayer to Jehovah, the invisible Judeo-Christian god figure. When you think about it.....that's quite a policy.
Everyone gets together and talks (either to themselves, or out loud) to a person or being or whatthehellever.....that no one has ever seen or heard from in all of human history. Jehovah, whoever that is, won't respond, won't answer, and will not make any special appearances on that day either.....but we should ask this god-being to forgive us for apparently doing something we shouldn't have done (I'm looking at you New York)....so that the invisible and mute god-being can "heal and bless" our country.
Make no mistake. Even though you will never see or hear from this invisible god-being...and from all empirical evidence this god-being has never intervened in anything in all of human history....Rick Perry wants you to believe that this specific invisible god-person, Jehovah, the god of Judeo-Christianity...is the specific invisible god-being Americans should be seeking advice from.....advice to deal with our numerous national and international problems. When it comes to invisible and silent god-beings....Rick Perry is selective.
This is GOP Governor Rick Perry's official government policy. Let's call it the Tooth Fairy policy. Asking invisible, mute god-beings for leadership in our dealings with national and international problems. Honestly now, does that sound like a serious approach to national political leadership?
Given that.....tell me again why Republican voters are so anxious for Perry to jump into the presidential race.