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with the Opposition party?
Nothing wrong with getting together with a variety of folks in prayer! It's just a solemn, sober reflection about your life, your spirituality and wait... IT'S IN A FOOTBALL STADIUM?!
That's fine... that's fine. It's an adjustment, for sure, but I expect it'll all be a lot of fun. So is this going to be a mega-party with Christian Rock and appearances from celebrities such as Kirk Cameron?
Apparently, it'll be a a "solemn gathering of prayer and fasting". What?! FASTING?! That's going to be rough! Doors open at 8am and the prayer meeting ends at 5pm. That's a 9-hour prayer meeting!
Maybe I'm being too negative. I am, I truly am. I need to look at the bright side. What's wrong going through a few hardships in order to get together with fellow Christians and celebrate our faith? Let's see who Rick Perry is organizing this with:
The American Family Association.
Now let's take a look at their background, shall we? Their spokesman Bryan Fischer has written that homosexuals were responsible for the holocaust. I guess homosexual Christians aren't invited....
He's also said that welfare just gives money to "people who rut like rabbits". The theme of his blog post was African-American social issues. But hey, later in his blog, he changed the sentence to denigrate all single mothers irrespective of race. Still, I don't expect to see many African-Americans at The Response...
Another organizer, the International House of Prayer - the other IHOP it seems - had a columnist suggest that universities with LGBT anti-discrimination measures are teaching students to “accept the mark of the beast”. Tolerant Christians are crossed off the invitation list...
John Hagee is going to be there and he's been quoted to have said that God sent Hitler to be a hunter of Jews. He's also said that antisemitism is the fault of the Jews themselves. If you're Jewish and working at Reliant Stadium in Houston, beware the gathering of people inside...
Okay, so the guest list isn't impressive. I'll admit that. But it's possible that they'll avoid all the controversial topics and focus on spirituality and compassion. It is possible, right?
It's odd though, I have a strange sense that this isn't the first large religious gathering at a sports stadium...
Oh yeah! The Moonies cult and their mega-marriage ceremonies! Each newlywed couple looks so.... unfamiliar with one another.
Maybe The Response will act as the Anti-Vegas? You go to pray with friends and next thing you know, you're caught up in it all and are given the gift of the Spirit and start speaking in tongues, next thing you know, POW, you're married to a complete stranger! But unlike Vegas: there's no quickie divorce!
I'm letting my imagination get the better of me! None of that will happen. Still, you can't fault someone for wanting to gather... evangelical, right-wing Christians together.
I'm sure he's just misunderstood and a real nice guy. I can imagine that Cameron Todd Willingham feels that way. After all, when Willingham was found guilty of killing his children by arson, it must have taken a lot of courage as governor to focus dispassionately at the scientific evidence that overwhelmingly indicated there were no signs of arson and grant him another trial. Oh wait. He didn't do that. He fired three members of the commission that were investigating the case, then installed a political ally, prosecutor John Bradley, as the new chairman. He then let Willingham get executed.
Hey, it was an election year.
So with a scary record, a spooky set of friends and beliefs... what's next for Rick Perry?
He's thinking of running for President of the USA.
God, save us all from Rick Perry.
In times like these, I need a Christian Side Hug.