August 6, 2011
Crossing the Line: Perry/Jesus 2012
Let’s not finesse this or sugarcoat it, as these photos and gestures document it. Governors Perry and Brownback have crossed the line in evoking Jesus Christ and Christian prayer at a Texas stadium “Christian prayer rally” as a vehicle for “healing” unemployment, the deadlock in Congress and other social ills of the United State. (Bachmann has similarly jumped the line as you’ll seen in our next BagOriginals “Update from Iowa” on Monday.)
Funny, by the way, how 3-D Perry and projected Perry create the impression of the Governor, himself, as the higher power.
(photo 1 & 3: David J. Phillip/AP caption: Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at the close of The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in crisis, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston. Perry attended the daylong prayer rally despite criticism that the event inappropriately mixes religion and politics..photo 2: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle – AP photo 4 & 5: Pat Sullivan/AP caption: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback prays at The Response, a day long prayer and fast rally Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also preached at the event.)