Jun 052011

The Bible, King James version, Book of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 6:

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

It would appear that Texas governor and aspiring Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is not very up on his scriptures. Either that, or he doesn’t take the word of his Lord Jesus very seriously…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry invites other governors for day of prayer at Houston event

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry has invited the nation’s 49 other governors to join him at “a day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation.”

Perry, who says he’s considering running for president, has been critical of Obama administration policies on spending, health care and immigration.

A spokesman for the Republican governor said the Aug. 6 event in Houston will be nonpolitical, featuring religious leaders and others in a daylong session to pray for the country…

East Texas evangelical leader and Perry supporter Rick Scarborough said the governor has support among religious conservatives, an important constituency in picking the GOP nominee.

“Once the word gets out that he’s doing this, evangelicals and anybody with the same moral perspective will be on his bandwagon,” Scarborough, president of Vision America, said, referring to the Houston event.

The Mississippi-based American Family Association is paying for the event. The group is a leading opponent of same-sex marriage and a source of funding for pastor conferences in several states that have encouraged religious leaders to get involved in politics.

“I would not characterize it in any way as a political event merely because people who hold political office are participating,” said Eric Bearse, a spokesman for the American Family Association and a former Perry aide. “It really is a spiritual gathering to pray for the health of our nation.”

You may take my word for it – nothing Rick Perry does is “nonpolitical.” Nothing. This latest stunt is political pandering to the so-called religious right. Nothing more, nothing less.