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August 5, 2011

Rick Perry’s “Response”

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 5:40 PM

Tomorrow is the day of “The Reponse,” a seven-hour prayer fest and food fast that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has organized in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. This event, to which all of the nation’s governors have been invited, is billed as “a nondenominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting.”

“There is hope,” Perry said on the website. “It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.” “The Response” website also said, “We want the presence, power, and person of Christ to fill our nation and turn the hearts of millions to righteousness, peace and joy in Him. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.” [What part of non-denominational don’t they understand?!]

Will fasting be mandatory at “The Response”? No, there will be fast food for those who opt against a food fast: “The Response is encouraging people to fast during the event, however there will be limited food vendors and water for sale. Bring a Bible and a notebook.”

Allan Parker, a right-wing activist who participated in an organizing conference call for the event, declared in an email bearing the official “Response” logo that including non-Christians in the event “would be idolatry of the worst sort.” “The Response” spokesman, Eric Bearse, thinks that “non-Christians are welcome to attend” but only if they intend to convert to Christianity. He told the radio program for the American Family Association ((AFA) back in June that “the message” of The Response is to encourage non-Christians to “seek out the living Christ.”

Of the 49 governors invited, but not all label themselves as “Christian.” Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is Jewish, so he may not fit under the website’s umbrella of “people of all ages, races, backgrounds and Christian denominations.” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is of unknown, if any, religion. As of today, one governor had RSVPed in the affirmative, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, and he is backing down on this. At this time, his staff has said that he’s on vacation, and they don’t know where he will be tomorrow (maybe hiking the Appalachian Trail)). Brownback has his own issues of cooperating with hate groups.

The best part of this rally are the speakers. The AFA, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared as a hate group, is a major sponsor. Their loudest spokesman, Bryan Fischer, uses his radio program to promote bigotry: he asserts that “the Nazi Party was formed in a gay bar and Hitler’s earliest enforcers, the Storm Troopers, the Brown Shirts, were almost without exception, homosexuals. So it was homosexual thugs that helped Hitler to form the Nazi party.” Fischer also wants to remove First Amendment Rights (freedom of religion) from Muslims, forcing them to convert to Christianity or be deported.

C. Peter Wagner, also an endorser of “The Response,” recently gained fame for claiming that the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year was because the nation is in the grip of paganism, the result of the fact that the demon Sun Goddess had “sexual intercourse with the Emperor” of Japan. Wagner leads an institute that trains leaders in churches and “translocal ministries.”

Another sponsor is the International House of Prayer (IHOP), a group that recently encouraged its supporters to pray for Jews to convert to Christianity in order to bring about the Second Coming. Mike Bickle, IHOP leader, has also said that 57-year-old former talk show host Oprah Winfrey is “the antichrist.” According to Bickle, “she is one of the clear pastors, forerunners to the Harlot movement … a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, and a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, and inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons.”

Rev. John Hagee, who Republican presidential candidate John McCain was forced to unfriend after Hagee’s claims that God sent Hitler to be a “hunter” of Jews, believes that wives must “submit” themselves to their husbands and that the Catholic Church is “The Great Whore,” an “apostate church,” the “anti-Christ,” and a “false cult system.” Hagee had an adulterous affair and divorced his wife to unbiblically remarry a much younger woman from his own former congregation. His $1.2 million salary has helped him buy a $2.1 million dollar 7,969 acre ranch with not one, but five lodges, a manager’s house, a gun locker, a smoke house, a skeet range, and three barns.

John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, a group affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation with ties to other “The Response” endorsers including Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner and Jay Swallow, said that the Statue of Liberty represents a “false goddess” and is therefore a demonic idol because it came from the French Free Masons.

Alice Smith, still another public endorser of this rally, claims that there is a need for “spiritual housecleaning.” She explained that cursed items—everything from shirts to rings—have a “spiritual umbilical cord” that attaches to a person and gives demonic spirits the ability to plague that person with sickness and fill the home with “spiritual pollution.”

During an interview with The 700 Club, Perry said that he will be praying against government’s alleged high tax rate and regulations that he says hurt the nation’s economy.

What audience will all these speakers and sponsors have? Right now 8,000 people are signed up for the 71,000-seat stadium. No matter how small the audience, the event will bring lots more media.


Now we just wait for Perry to declare his candidacy. Pundits guess this month after theIowastraw poll vote.

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