Rick Perry yesterday urged “Christian warriors” to fight President Obama and the concept of separation of church and state, which, he claimed, is of “Satan.” Perry, who kicked off his quickly failed, embarrassing campaign for president with a million-dollar prayer rally for Christians, also suggested anti-choice activists should “elect women” to pass anti-abortion legislation, and, shockingly, seemed to blame President Obama for the deaths last week of four U.S. foreign service officers, who were killed in Libya after an anti-Muslim film was publicized by Pastor Terry Jones.
“President Obama and his cronies in Washington continue their efforts to remove any trace of religion from American life,” Perry claimed, falsely. He added that the “American family is under seize [sic], traditional values are somehow exclusionary,” and, blamed (of course) “activist courts,” saying:
“It falls on us, we truly are Christian warriors, Christian soldiers, and for us as Americans to stand our ground and to firmly send a message to Washington that our nation is about more than just some secular laws.”
“The idea that we should be sent to the sidelines I would suggest to you is very driven by those who are not truthful, Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven—is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena,” Perry said. [Bolding ours, by request.]
Claiming there is “a biblical responsibility to be involved in the public arena proclaiming God’s truth,” Perry, via a “40 Days to Save America” conference call with the right wing, radical Pastor Rick Scarborough, told supporters:
“This separation of church and state, which has been driven by the secularists to remove those people of faith from the public arena, there is nothing farther from the truth. When you think about our founding fathers, they created this country, our Constitution, the foundation of America upon Judeo-Christian values, biblical values and this narrative that has been going on, particularly since the ’60s, that somehow or another there’s this steel wall, this iron curtain or whatever you want to call it between the church and people of faith and this separation of church and state is just false on its face.”
And in an odd twist, Perry added:
“It is our founding fathers knew and understood the importance of the role of our Creator in public discourse and they didn’t shy away from referencing Him, using the values he brought and the message of his son Jesus Christ to build the system that we as a society have e enjoyed for more than 200 years.”
And, of course, claiming those on the left “preach tolerance and diversity while they engage in oppression and bullying tactics,” Perry urged supporters they should be “preserving the values that make us special, about rejecting the concept that freedom of religion means freedom from religion, about turning away from this growing tide of secularism and atheism.”
Perry, seemingly laying blame at President Obama for the murders last week in Libya, nonsensically stated:
“I don’t want to get too far off course here but when you think about what’s going on in the Middle East and the president stood up in Cairo in 09 and either incredible naïve or very unschooled in the ways of these radical Islamists, and four American lives were lost in Libya.”
You can hear the audio, which Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch published on their site, and read the transcript there as well. Our thanks to Tashman and all the good folks at Right Wing Watch for their excellent work.
Perry, in his 2008 book, On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting for (image, top,) equated homosexuality to alcoholism, and suggested “radical gay rights groups” are intolerant.
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