In the same way that college history majors study history, biology majors study biology and physics majors study physics, you would think that future politicians would study politics and government.
That should be a must, at least those who end up governing Texas. Governor Rick Perry erstwhile possible/maybe candidate for the top job (President) does not know that mixing government and religion is a no-no.
It is unconstitutional, a violation of the well established separation of church and state. Nixing state and religion, as with Perry’s recent plans, favors one religion over others and is certainly not a part of any fairness doctrine.
Perry is still planning an all-day August 6 prayer and fasting rally in Houston’s Reliant stadium. He is – or recently has been – using robo calls to constituents to join him in a day of beseeching God and Jesus to be kind to us in our nation, since, according to Perry, we need God’s forgiveness for our evil, wicked, sinful ways.
I don’t know about that. I think that I and all of my friends have been pretty good most of our lives. The main thing that is wrong with Perry and his idea is that he using his position as Governor to beseech others to kneel and pray to God and Jesus to help our country and help us be better people.
What about the 15 percent – 45 million – of us who are atheists, agnostics, questioners, I-don’t-carers, and others who don’t have a religion and/or don’t care about one? What about the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Rastafarians, Scientologists, Taoists, Shintoists, Sikhs, and others who don’t cotton to the Jesus of Christianity? What about the Jews of this country who also don’t have Jesus in their prayer book?
Fortunately we have groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation (www.ffrf.org) that has written letters to Perry (unanswered), file law suits in court against this mix of politics and religion. They also requested a restraining order against the rally, but this was denied by U. S. District judge Gray Miller last week.
The denial was on a basis that the FFRF – despite members in Texas – does not have standing to request a restraining order. It was not a decision on the merits of the case.
“We are extremely concerned with the continual attempts to slam shut the courthouse door to even hearings on these important constitutional issues” said Dan Barker, co-president of the FFRF.
The FFRF noted that it does not oppose the governor attending such events, but in this case, Governor Perry initiated the idea, used the official Texas state seal in publicity for it and has information on the event on the Governor’s website.
Hopefully, other state Governors will recognize the unwarranted and unconstitutional mix of religion and politics in this effort and not try to mount a similar campaign in their own state.