In Texas, Governor Rick Perry is trying to get attention for himself, and he’s willing to cause a rebellion to do it. Governor Perry is trying to decide whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination, encouraged this afternoon by a former top aide’s defection from the Gingrich for President campaign.
So, Perry has thrown in his lot with the theocratic Christian extremist group, the American Family Association. Perry is using his public office as Texas Governor to promote a prayer rally to be held by the American Family Association in Houston on August 6.
This won’t be an interfaith event. Governor Perry promotes it as “a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel.” Does that mean that observant Jews will be invited? Nope. The prayer rally won’t even be that inclusive. Perry explains that it will be a “Christian prayer meeting” – no other religions allowed. Yet, Perry is proclaiming the rally to be an official state event. No alternative events for Texans of other religions will be endorsed.
Perry is going beyond just using the power of his office as Governor to promote this Christians-only religious event. He’s recruiting other governors from other states into the effort as well. In doing so, Rick Perry has begun an interstate rebellion against the Constitution of the United States of America.
The First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits the Congress of the United States from making laws that establish government religion, and guarantees individual citizens freedom of religion. How, though, does this amendment apply to state governments, which are distinct from the U.S. Congress?
Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, in what is commonly referred to as the “due process clause”, states that “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” So, state governments are forbidden to act through law to contradict the Constitution, to deny individual citizens freedom guaranteed in the Constitution, or to deny equal protection under the law.
Rick Perry’s attempt to organize a theocratic rebellion of state governments against the First Amendment of the Constitution 1) attempts to deny citizens’ equal protection under the law; 2) attempts to violate citizens constitutional right to freedom of religion; 3) attempts to create a government establishment of religion. It’s a thorough and blatant rebellion against America’s constitutional government.