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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.)

  • Anonymous

    “For mine is the governorship, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

  • tinwoman

    I think the number of Americans who are willing to be fooled by the whole televangelist thing is, thankfully, vanishingly small these days.  This guy reminds me of Jack Van Impe revivals in my youth.  Miserable time, wouldn’t vote for anyone who reeked of that.

    • jonst

      Timwoman, I’d suggest the initial question is how many GOP primary voters are “willing to be fooled…..”.  I would hazard  a guess, one hell of lot more than you seem to hint at.  At to the general electorate….I sure hope your formulation is accurate. Let’s say the capacity for the American people to blow smoke up their asses makes me nervous. Bad enough economy and I believe anyone can get elected. Anyone. 

    • bks

      I was at a county fair in upstate NY in the late 1960’s and there was a Ronald Reagan for President booth.  I burst out laughing.  The joke was on me, however.

          –bks
       

  • boomerangst

    I think we’re fooling ourselves if we disregard Gov Perry as a real GOP candidate. Remember, you can fool many of the people most of the time, especially those haters who hate Barack Obama for not looking like them. I continue to fear for this country when the cross and the flag come together like this rally..

    • psychohistorian

      I agree.  The global inherited rich have worked the religious zealots for centuries with their faith based economies and money.

      Unfortunately, many citizens of the world have not evolved past the Enlightenment or we would have “promoted” all this religion stuff to myth status by now.

      That Perry picture is straight out the the Nazi playbook for sociopaths.

    • psychohistorian

      I agree.  The global inherited rich have worked the religious zealots for centuries with their faith based economies and money.

      Unfortunately, many citizens of the world have not evolved past the Enlightenment or we would have “promoted” all this religion stuff to myth status by now.

      That Perry picture is straight out the the Nazi playbook for sociopaths.

    • psychohistorian

      I agree.  The global inherited rich have worked the religious zealots for centuries with their faith based economies and money.

      Unfortunately, many citizens of the world have not evolved past the Enlightenment or we would have “promoted” all this religion stuff to myth status by now.

      That Perry picture is straight out the the Nazi playbook for sociopaths.

  • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

    Actually, it reminds me more of the pathetic little man who revealed as the Wizard of Oz. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Mokray/767686527 George Mokray

    Reliant Stadium holds about 71,000.  The estimate for the attendance of the rally was around 30,000.  That gives me a little hope.

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    Re George’s comment (and Spiny’s, apropos of the curtain), thought I’d throw this in.  It’s a post I did back in ‘08 based on a pic Getty photographer and friend Mario Tama sent from a McCain rally. 

    http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2008/06/a-matter-of-size/

    Personally, I was (fearfully) impressed by the attendance at Reliant. That was quite a risk booking that large a venue and what I can only imagine (watch out Bachmann!) as a real show of (evangelical) strength. 

    • http://www.ninaberman.com nina

      Perry didn’t book the Reliant.  It was a Joel Osteen gig all along and Perry came along for the free press.  The numbers were small compared to Osteen’s normal weekly attendance of over 40,000.  I imagine Perry is courting Osteen big time, but I doubt Osteen will support him publicly.  Lakewood Church and the Osteen brand are huge money makers,  and Osteen hardly needs the dirt of a presidential campaign to sully his income stream.

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  • Pastafarian

    It doesn’t speak well of your degree of evolution past the Enlightenment that the best you can do is throw in a Nazi body-slam.

    Particularly by somebody following the faith-based claims of Lloyd deMause.

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