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Rick Perry Tries To Organize Governors’ Revolt Against the Constitution

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.

campaign button against perryThe 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.

6 comments to Rick Perry Tries To Organize Governors’ Revolt Against the Constitution

  • Sam

    Rick Perry is a joke. As someone who grew up in a very conservative family that voted Republican on every presidential election, I have never, ever heard anyone say anything good about Rick Perry. No one I talk to here in Dallas likes him. I don’t know where he gets this ego to run for President, but he needs to stop kidding himself.

  • lawrence

    title of article is misleading. this is certainly not a “revolt against the constitution” or else Washington, Madison and many others who wrote, approved or fought for that document were likewise in revolt.

    it may be likely this is a political stunt by perry but comparing a call to prayer and fasting as an act by congress to establish a religion is such an eggregious misinterpretation of what is actually happening that it stuns the mind. as for those who believe the first amendment was intended to exclude God, His worship and acknowledement from government, the facts do not support this broad interpretation of a very narrow clause. furthermore James Madison, the principle author of the constitution stated there are “established” rules for interpreting the constitution. James Madison himself approved legislation calling for a national day of prayer and fasting. signed 9 july 1812.

    in his signing letter he gave many honorific invocations of God and called for the several denominations to participate in this day of “public humiliation”. Madison included this phrase:

    ” with a reverence for the unerring precept of OUR holy religion” (emphasis mine)

    clearly indicating that faith in the Christ is “our” religion. (Madison was Christian-episcopalian) from the writings not only of Madison, but of many of the founding fathers it is quite clear that the “establishment clause” was clearly intended to disallow congress from establishing one Christian denomination in preference to the others as the official state religion and not to eliminate God, His worship or acknowledgemet from our government altogether. for anyone to propose this in spite of the monumental written proof of the opposite is ingenuous at best. such a view clearly is not in keeping with, as Masdison described them “the established and consistent rules of interpretation” read for yourself:

    http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/speeches/detail/3616

    • Lawrence, Rick Perry’s action is not a simple “call to prayer”. It’s the creation of a government-sponsored religious ceremony to which members of only one religion are invited – and nobody else gets an equivalent. Rick Perry is urging a nationwide collaboration in this rebellion against the constitution. Yes, it does stun the mind to see a state governor behaving in this way.

      Nowhere in the Constitution is Christianity mentioned as “our religion”. In fact, the Constitution does nothing to set Christianity above any other religion. The Constitution is what matters, not a single mistaken legislation.

  • Peter T

    Does the creation of the prayer mean more than verbal support by the Governor? More specifically, are any government funds involved? Perry is free to speak his mind but not free to spend tax money on events favoring one religion over others.

  • Ronald

    All religions were invited to the event. Governor Perry said it was a non political event. Obama states he is a Christian, yet he mocked the bible in a public setting. He distanced from his church during the last election.

    • Give me a break, Ronald. All religions might have been invited to the event, but the event was exclusively Christian in name and purpose as the theresponse.usa website makes clear:

      Thank you for joining us for a day of fasting and praying for America. What a day it was.
      God’s presence was in Reliant Stadium, and we know that He heard the cries of His people. We believe we will see the fruit in our nation because young and old, many races, many denominations gathered in unity to worship the name of Jesus.

      As a nation, we must come together, call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy according to His grace, mercy, and kindness towards us. A historic crisis facing our nation and threatening our future demands a historic response from the church. We must, as a people, return to the faith and hope of our fathers. The ancient paths of great men were blazed in prayer – the humility of the truly great men of history was revealed in their recognition of the power and might of Jesus to save all who call on His great name.

      What’s you’re saying like worshipper of the Demon God Cthulhu declaring that all religions were invited to the blood sacrifice to squiddy deity. That doesn’t make it an event of all religions. Rick Perry was organizing government figures to push an exclusively Christian proselytizing event.

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