Gov. Rick Perry announced last week that he was going to hold a stadium-sized prayer rally August 6 in order for Texans to pray for the problems facing the state and the nation. As can be expected, the governor has received plenty of criticism.
Personally, I place this new story under the same category of the Weinergate “scandal”: “Who gives a crap?!” I’m a Christian as much as the next person, but I never really saw any use behind these prayer rallies, especially the controversial National Day of Pray. You know what would really help our country? Actually getting off our asses and doing something! After all, God helps those who help themselves.
But I wanted to showcase some YouTube videos about the “controversy.” First one is from The Amazing Tub O’Lard (aka: TheAmazingAtheist). As can be expected from a rabid anti-theist, he ridicules the event, even going so far in claiming that not even the Onion could satirize the story.
The next video is from CobraJones. He argues that, contrary to what many people have been arguing, the event does not violate the separation of church and state because it doesn’t use public funding.
This next video is a response by TheTruePooka, who argues that the event is indeed unconstitutional because Rick Perry is a public figure, and therefore, a call to prayer from him is an endorsement of religion. He also argues that the event will be used to push forward the agenda of Christian political groups and to support the idea that America is a “Christian Nation.”
This last video is a response by FederalistFilms. He argues that politicians like Rick Perry do not forfeit their freedom of speech or religion when they obtain office; so Perry is well within his right, as with any American citizen, to issue a call to prayer provided he does not use public funds or endorses the event as an official government act.
Well, you’ve heard my opinion, and that of these four gentlemen, but I want to know what you all think: What is your opinion of Rick Perry’s pray rally? Do you support it? Why or why not? And of these four videos I’ve shown, which one do you agree with?