Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rick Perry: America undergoing "spiritual warfare"

I found this Right Wing Watch story via the Washington Monthly:
Texas governor Rick Perry spoke today on a conference call with extremist pastor Rick Scarborough as part of his “40 Days to Save America” campaign to motivate and organize Religious Right voters. Perry said that the separation of church and state, which he dismissed as a myth, is being used to drive “people of faith from the public arena.” Perry said that he believes Satan is using the “untruth” of the separation of church and state to remove Christians from public life: “The idea that we should be sent to the sidelines I would suggest to you is very driven by those who are not truthful, Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven—is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena.”
 Perry said that America is undergoing “spiritual warfare” and Religious Right activists who “truly are Christian warriors, Christian soldiers” need to stand up to “activist courts” and “President Obama and his cronies” whom he said are making “efforts to remove any trace of religion from American life.” He called on listeners to use such spiritual warfare against the “growing tide of secularism and atheism” that “preach[es] tolerance and diversity while they engage in oppression and bullying tactics.”
So let me get this straight.  Satan is using the separation of church and state to remove Christians from government and public life, in a spiritual warfare, and that Christians need to stand up to both "activist courts,"  and the evil socialist, Marxist, black, Kenyan-born, Muslim President Obama?  Did I get that right?  I did not see any recruiting posters for Christian warriors at my church.  What churches are Perry and Scarborough selling this nonsense to?

Of course, I am not surprised that both the Religious Right, and right-wing politicians are pushing this madness as a means to turn out the Fundamentalist foot-soldiers to the voting booth.  I have a friend who listens to Christian radio, and she hears this nonsense all the time at how an Obama re-election will destroy this country, Christians will be persecuted, and Satan will probably win.  With the Romney campaign floundering, I'm sure the Religious Right hate talk will increase multiple times to generate more fear and anger, to recruit more "Christian warriors" to stop all the atheists, agnostics, non-religious people, liberals, Democrats, elitists, and President Obama from handing America to Satan on a sliver platter.

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