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Dec 07 2011

Rick Perry’s War On Religion

It’s time to be cautious; it’s time to be wary,
The “war on religion” is gonna be scary;
They’re coming to get us, according to Perry,
And Christians are under attack.
They’re coming to stop little children from praying
And force all our forces to get busy gaying;
Our nation had morals—but now, they’re decaying,
And Perry is bringing them back

He’s got a new ad, and he’s on the attack,
Cos he needs to distinguish himself from the pack
So he’s kickin’ some ass and he’s talkin’ some smack
Cos we all love a fella who tries.
And surely as Texas got rain when he prayed,
Rick Perry will win with his modern crusade…
Though the A.P. examined the claims that he made
And tells us they’re pretty much lies.

Context, after the jump:

The AP does analyze Perry’s new commercial.

But this ad, which attacks President Barack Obama on gay rights and religion, is misleading and inaccurate.

Perry’s suggestion that Obama has led the way in banning prayer in public school is factually wrong.

(Much more at link) But don’t you think it’s brave of Perry to come out and identify (“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian”…) with the overwhelming majority of his primary voting base?

(as an aside, one of the comments at the WSJ echoes other things I have seen written about Perry:

Nobody questions Rick Perry’s sincerity when he speaks. One may not agree with him on a given topic- and I do disagree with him on some things- but when he states his position, there’s no doubt he’s calling it as he sees it. Considering the weasely-ness of Gingrich and Romney, this should be Perry’s greatest selling point.

This, of course, led to a bit of West Texas Swing you might have forgotten.)

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  1. 1
    d cwilson

    Gee, a republican ad is inaccurate and misleading. Stop the presses.

  2. 2
    Mimmoth

    On the one hand, it’s more of the more of the same.

    On the other hand, it’s part of a consistent pattern of religious people encouraged to believe that openly promoting a popular powerful religion is an admirable act of courageous resistance to oppression.

    I remember the administrator of Drug Court telling me defiantly that she wasn’t afraid to talk about her religion. Why would she be afraid? She’s a member of a popular and powerful religion. If she were a Muslim, or a Wiccan, or a Satanist, *then* she might have reason to be afraid. But somehow she has been socialized to believe that pressuring prisoners to convert is not oppressive, but courageous.

  3. 3
    Randomfactor

    Rick “Goodhair” Perry wishes he knew how to quit teh ghey.

  4. 4
    DLC

    Perry doesn’t give a flying damn if his ad is “factually wrong”, because nobody who matters to him will bother fact-checking it.
    The more inflammatory the better, and reality be damned. I’ve seen it time and time again in more than 30 years of following politics and current events. Smear the enemy with whatever weapon comes to hand, that’s how they operate.
    It would be silly except too many times it works.

  5. 5
    'Tis Himself

    The same folks who whined in 2008 about Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are now claiming Obama is anti-Christian.

  6. 6
    Randomfactor

    Nobody questions Rick Perry’s sincerity when he speaks.

    Wanna bet?

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