Completely ignoring the fact that the public face of the prayer rally is likely GOP Presidential contender Rick Perry, the American Family Association (think Bryan Fischer) responded to allegations that the gathering violated the separation of church and state by insisting that "No political candidates will be speaking."
Right. Because the big face of the rally won't get up on stage to add his voice to the crazy show?
The full statement, found below, was in response to the Houston Clergy Council's objections to the event. The HCC is an interfaith organization which objected to the non-inclusive mission of the rally: IE, prayin' to Jesus and not that Allah guy.
"The Response is an open event. Anyone who wants to pray to Jesus for a nation in crisis is welcome to attend. Next, The Response is a prayer event, not a political event," Wildmon says. "No political candidates will be speaking. Finally our critics say The Response violates the separation of church and state. The event will be held at a public stadium which has no connection to a religious body."
Let me get this straight: this event is open to everyone who wants to pray to Jesus, so it's totally inclusive. If you're a Muslim, you're totally welcome to attend. You just have to violate your religion to do so. This is the most insane poppycockery I've heard yet this week, but then, it's only Tuesday.
I agree one hundred percent with the HCC's plea to Texas Governor Rick Perry, found on their website:
"We ask that Rick Perry leave the ministry to us and refocus his energy on the work of governing our state."