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On August 6, Texas Republican governor and possible presidential candidate Rick Perry will host a prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The event, dubbed “The Response” and funded by the American Family Association (which was labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center), is designed to combat the economic, political, and spiritual crises facing the United States by returning the nation to its Biblical roots. Don’t bother taking your lunch, as well as prayer, it’s biblical-style fast-fest too.
The Response’s website proclaims, “There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.” And in a video message Perry sent out this week, he noted, “I’m inviting you to join your fellow Americans for a day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our nation.” The Texas Governor should have been more concise what sort of “fellow Americans” he meant, for at this event only evangelicals will be allowed to share the podium with Rick Perry.