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Rick Perry Is Running for President: Will Passion for Prayer Help or Hurt Him?

Politics 2011/08/12 14:56:57
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Texas Governor Rick Perry is a man of faith. If you didn't know it before, you heard all about it last weekend when he appeared at "The Response," a prayer and fasting service at Reliant Stadium where 30,000 Christian believers came to hear him speak.

It was there that Perry, the state's longest-serving governor, told the crowd that, “loving and personal God desires not a show of religion but a deep connection with our innermost being. … His agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda.” God, he reminded them, is wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party.

He read from scripture, reminded the flock that we seem to have forsaken God and asked Him to impart His wisdom on President Obama and the commander-in-chief's family.

Well, after months of teases and calls from party faithfuls asking him to toss his 10-gallon hat into the ring, Perry is slated to officially announce his White House run on Saturday, entering the race with an already established fundraising network, a pro-business record of strong job creation in Texas and, of course, the power of prayer -- thanks to his shored up Evangelical bona fides.

But with some pundits saying his call to answer our historic economic problems with faith rather than reason is a dangerous proposition, and others questioning whether he is crossing the line of separating church and state, will Perry's religious credentials help or hurt him?
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  • Todde702 2011/08/12 18:27:22 (edited)
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    King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

    Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    King Arthur: Shut up!

    Dennis: You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

    King Arthur: Shut up! I order you to shut up!

    Dennis: If I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away.

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  • Timetra... stephanie 2011/08/15 14:05:33
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    Dido!
  • Risk 2011/08/14 14:47:23
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    Being a Muslim never hurt Barry, so why should being a Christan hurt Perry ?
  • Tank 2011/08/14 14:37:42 (edited)
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    Rick Perry, the following is for you :

    rick perry DOUCHE BAG


    Hey voice_matters, LOLuMad, bro? Why so butthurt?

    rick perry hey voicematters rick perry hey voicematters lolumad bro wy butthurt
  • voice_m... Tank 2011/08/14 20:58:11
  • intolerantrwj 2011/08/14 14:13:54
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    ..... don't care about his faith or a prayer .......... like the Current Resident, he's got a little problem with trampling Rights.

    .......... and when you think about it, actually practicing what you preach would cause you to avoid trampling the Rights of others .... especially your Constituents.

    Won't get my vote !
  • I(ing 2011/08/14 14:05:51
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  • gunner 2011/08/14 13:41:10
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    Cann`t imagine why it would hurt him. Non-believers shouldn`t care. Liberals shouldn`t care, because they believe anything is ok. No right or wrong, type thing. Right ? Communist`s and Socialist`s,however, will probably make an issue of it. But they are all Obama supporters, so basically, insignificant.
  • True~Male 2011/08/14 13:14:24
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    Prayer always helps everyone .... nothing but good comes from prayer !!! I think he'd make a great president !!
  • Tank True~Male 2011/08/14 21:08:02
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    I'm just sayin ...
  • Jamacc 2011/08/14 08:18:19
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    I say Hurt because I live in Houston, we are not all Bible Thumpers in the Metro area, that's the suburban folks! What will hurt him more though is his record that has yet to be brought up. He cut the corporate tax that business pays toward school funding so much that corporations pay less than they paid Ten years ago. It has dramatically affected school districts state wide. he states its due to the "Down Economy" but if you read anything about Texas we have had the most job growth and the oil companies based here have had record profits! He also enabled the school board to take evolution out of SCIENCE class in the public schools. We wonder why our kids aren't learning anything. He tried to force every 13 or 14 year old girl in the state to have an HPV vaccine a few years ago but then states the government should not be in the business of dictating Health care Policy! When my Parents Home was destroyed after hurricane IKE, He didnt even know where the town was they resided in, he had never heard of it! The governors mansion is being renovated so he made the state rent him a super expensive mansion in the hills outside of Austin. He never once attended any debate in the last election. I personally hope he gets the nomination so he will have to step down as governor, he is so out of touch with urban dwellers its unreal, he appeals to the racists and the rich!
  • Hula gi... Jamacc 2011/08/14 18:10:36
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    Fantastic that he cuts Corporate Taxes as that's what makes businesses want to move to Texas and create more jobs. Evidenced by the lowest Unemployment and companies flooding to Texas.....Good Job Governor.


    You people are so funny. Good thing they took Evolution out of science and by the way it's not Science it's a Theroy and that's why Creationism was brought back in to balance it out.

    You even state that Texas has had the most job growth....guess why fool....it's because he cut CORPORATE TAXES. And guess what again.....CORPORATIONS HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE A PROFIT FOOL THAT'S WHY THEY ARE IN BUSINESS. THIS IS NOT A COMMUNIST COUNTRY (YET) AND IT'S CALLED MAKING A PROFIT SO YOU CAN THEN INVEST THAT MONEY BACK IN THE BUSINESS AND CREATE MORE JOBS AND MORE PRODUCTS.

    All Governors that have their Governors mansions remodeled moved in to Nice Diggs as their other one is remodeled. It's cheaper than constantly renting a big hotel ballroom for all the meetings and get togethers a Governor does on a daily basis and normally uses their home. Our Governor just demanded a new home be built behind the existing Governor Mansion so they could live in it as the Mansion was in constant social use and it was wearing on the family. So the State just built them a Mansion right behind the other.

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    Fantastic that he cuts Corporate Taxes as that's what makes businesses want to move to Texas and create more jobs. Evidenced by the lowest Unemployment and companies flooding to Texas.....Good Job Governor.


    You people are so funny. Good thing they took Evolution out of science and by the way it's not Science it's a Theroy and that's why Creationism was brought back in to balance it out.

    You even state that Texas has had the most job growth....guess why fool....it's because he cut CORPORATE TAXES. And guess what again.....CORPORATIONS HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE A PROFIT FOOL THAT'S WHY THEY ARE IN BUSINESS. THIS IS NOT A COMMUNIST COUNTRY (YET) AND IT'S CALLED MAKING A PROFIT SO YOU CAN THEN INVEST THAT MONEY BACK IN THE BUSINESS AND CREATE MORE JOBS AND MORE PRODUCTS.

    All Governors that have their Governors mansions remodeled moved in to Nice Diggs as their other one is remodeled. It's cheaper than constantly renting a big hotel ballroom for all the meetings and get togethers a Governor does on a daily basis and normally uses their home. Our Governor just demanded a new home be built behind the existing Governor Mansion so they could live in it as the Mansion was in constant social use and it was wearing on the family. So the State just built them a Mansion right behind the other.

    Do you Know where every single town in Texas is? I Bet not and Governors are people and most don't know where every single village is and every single inlet until they are going to visit there or something happens. There are just too many places to learn them all. I live on an Island in the Middle of the Pacific and very involved in this community and also my job requires being all over the Island and yet I still find small communities all the time that are named something I wasn't aware of and before they were just part of the whole.

    Gosh we have a President now that is so clueless he doesn't even know where his office is he thinks it out by the ninth hole.

    You people are so funny. Thank God you have the Governor you have or you could be more like Detroit. Or Houston back in the 80's when it was a ghost town.
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  • Jamacc Hula gi... 2011/08/14 19:12:32
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    I don't expect the Governor to know where each place in Texas is geographically off the top of his head, but if he is responding to a disaster situation, the least he could do is get a little information and background about the communities involved, it shows a lack of real interest. I do believe corporate job growth is essential to any free market society, but if we continue to cut our state funding for public education, we may as well start teaching the kids Mandarin, because they will be working for the Chinese when they are unable to compete in a global market. I was raised Christian and there was never any question between Evolution and Creationism, The school taught Science and your Family and church was in charge of your religious beliefs. The ultra conservative always want government out of individuals lives and then they do things like change school curriculum to suit themselves, isn't that government sticking their noses into the lives of its citizens? They also have abstinence only sex education, guess which state has the most teen pregnancies? This adds to the cycle of poverty. BTW when the Arkansas governors mansion was being refurbished in the 1990's, their governor chose to live in a modular home behind the mansion to save the taxpayers money. As for Rick Pe...
    I don't expect the Governor to know where each place in Texas is geographically off the top of his head, but if he is responding to a disaster situation, the least he could do is get a little information and background about the communities involved, it shows a lack of real interest. I do believe corporate job growth is essential to any free market society, but if we continue to cut our state funding for public education, we may as well start teaching the kids Mandarin, because they will be working for the Chinese when they are unable to compete in a global market. I was raised Christian and there was never any question between Evolution and Creationism, The school taught Science and your Family and church was in charge of your religious beliefs. The ultra conservative always want government out of individuals lives and then they do things like change school curriculum to suit themselves, isn't that government sticking their noses into the lives of its citizens? They also have abstinence only sex education, guess which state has the most teen pregnancies? This adds to the cycle of poverty. BTW when the Arkansas governors mansion was being refurbished in the 1990's, their governor chose to live in a modular home behind the mansion to save the taxpayers money. As for Rick Perry leading a prayer rally, he was just pandering to his voting block, I have never seen him offer to do anything similar before, you never hear of him attending church regularly. So its all for political showmanship!
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  • Hula gi... Jamacc 2011/08/14 22:29:09
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    Texas has made fantastic strides towards correcting the Text books of Texas which in turn corrects the text books for most students across the country except liberal California. I know one of the guys on the panel and they made a great difference in getting education corrected.
    Educations isn't about money it's about good teaching. It's already proven you can keep throwing money at education and it doesn't produce any better results. Thank Goodness Texas got off their duff and corrected the Text books instead and instead of teaching the revisionist history kids have been learning they will be light years ahead learning real history.

    Government already screwed up education starting in the 1930's and the school text books have finally gotten some stones and are correcting what should have been there all along. Just because you learned the wrong way just shows you are clueless to the truth and now want to blame it on Conservatives. We've taken your crappy education for the last 80 years now it's our time to finally correct it and teach real historical facts from actual historical documents.

    Arkansas governors governor probably came from a modular home in the first place and so do most of the voters attending anything at the mansion so to compare class with no class you aren't eve...





    Texas has made fantastic strides towards correcting the Text books of Texas which in turn corrects the text books for most students across the country except liberal California. I know one of the guys on the panel and they made a great difference in getting education corrected.
    Educations isn't about money it's about good teaching. It's already proven you can keep throwing money at education and it doesn't produce any better results. Thank Goodness Texas got off their duff and corrected the Text books instead and instead of teaching the revisionist history kids have been learning they will be light years ahead learning real history.

    Government already screwed up education starting in the 1930's and the school text books have finally gotten some stones and are correcting what should have been there all along. Just because you learned the wrong way just shows you are clueless to the truth and now want to blame it on Conservatives. We've taken your crappy education for the last 80 years now it's our time to finally correct it and teach real historical facts from actual historical documents.

    Arkansas governors governor probably came from a modular home in the first place and so do most of the voters attending anything at the mansion so to compare class with no class you aren't even in the same playing field.

    Arkansas needed to do a massive renovations after Clinton just to get rid of all of blue dresses and the flees hanging around that place.

    Here this is what Arkansas governor mansion is like.

    clinton rid blue dresses flees hanging arkansas governor mansion trailor high rise
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  • Jamacc Hula gi... 2011/08/14 22:42:13 (edited)
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    LOL.Oh I have to give you that one about Arkansas! And the renovation after Clinton, Good Stuff! The thing with education though is in our family we teach both sides and points of an issue and then explain to the kids in our family why we feel the way we do and why we may differ in what we believe, That is why my niece and nephew will probably start a non denominational private school in secondary school. We were taught in our homes that creation was the way but that other people believed differently. It is important for kids to taught all beliefs even if you feel what you are teach them may be not what your family beliefs are. These kids are going to grow up in a Global society, it is important that they understand others beliefs, even if they do not agree, in order to make it in a global business environment. Having MORE, not LESS information is the key, it is up to parents to filter that information and decide whats best to instill as beliefs. You can understand an opposing view point without agreeing or embracing that viewpoint. Our leaders have forgotten that. This is why they cannot get anything done in Washington.
  • davidl 2011/08/14 07:57:49
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    Another SH anti-republican push-poll.
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2011/08/14 07:37:33
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    With God on His Side he has the Greatest force of all, besides there are far more Christians in this Country than non Christians. This nation started out in Prayer and at least we'd have a President that knows our founders and our Godly Foundation.

    With Rick Perry as President and Michelle Bachmann for VP wow what a winning ticket and hope for this nation that would be.....besides taking over the Senate and kicking Reid to the Curb.
  • True~Male Hula gi... 2011/08/14 13:16:50
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    REID, PELOSI AND OBAMA MUST GO !! THEY HAVE F$%KED THIS COUNTRY UP BIG TIME --(Pardon my french)
  • bob h. True~Male 2011/08/14 13:19:19
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    But the last Texas drunk was a winner right?
  • True~Male bob h. 2011/08/14 13:26:02
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    Do you live in Texas --are you the last Texan ? Get help if your an alcoholic ! Don't be so hard on yourself !!
  • izzybean bob h. 2011/08/14 13:59:56
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    Better than a sober Leninist
  • Hula gi... izzybean 2011/08/14 17:51:38
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    Or a High Marxist like Obama.

    high marxist obama Obama bong high high marxist obama Obama bong high
  • izzybean Hula gi... 2011/08/16 21:30:51
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    Thats what happens when you vote for hope and change
  • Hula gi... izzybean 2011/08/16 23:38:33
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    This boys and girls is what happens when you do drugs while voting!
  • Hula gi... bob h. 2011/08/14 17:50:26
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    So everyone in Texas is the same? Gosh talk about generalities.
  • Pat Hula gi... 2011/08/14 16:07:14
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    Hurt, above, pointed out some of Perry's real drawbacks.

    I think I'd like Romney/Bachmann.
  • Hula gi... Pat 2011/08/14 22:31:49 (edited)
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    Yep and I thanked him for pointing them out. Can you imagine a President that actually lowered corporate taxes so more companies came back to America to do their business like Perry did in Texas and business are flooding into the State...that would be fantastic.

    Wouldn't it be great to also do what Perry's State did of having real history corrected in the textbooks not the revisionist garbage that's been taught for the last 70 years. Man what a country with the two of them we could be.




    America the Atheist...go start a new nation....this one is a Christian one if you don't like it.
  • America... Hula gi... 2011/08/18 00:45:15
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    nope, he will lose and you will say "that's what god wanted" and we are secular.

    lol at bachman for vp, that's worse than palin as vp.
  • EricHamby 2011/08/14 07:15:12
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    We need real solution right now not some old time get on your knees and it will come to ya if it should kinda ideas.
  • Bassinman 2011/08/14 07:09:14
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    I say hurt, because of the lack of the number of proclaimed Christians as compared to 10-20 years ago. Many have left the Christian faith, and other faiths have increased in numbers. The main religion in America was Christian, but now it has been evened out by other beliefs. I would have loved to have said, "Helped", but I don't think Americans place that much respect on religious beliefs anymore, not the Christian religion anyway.
  • Jimmy Bundrick 2011/08/14 07:03:02
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    listen to God, first for if you should be the man for the job, He will let you know this, one you must desire it with all your being only then and only then can God mold you into the man and if you are not brokenhearted he cannot use you to do diddly squat
  • Jimmy B... Jimmy B... 2011/08/14 07:06:47
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    Jacob Logos Kizmet is my pseudonym, if ever you need me a i AM here to help you succeed
  • cathy 2011/08/14 06:33:51
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    I don't think it will help or hurt him, I think he may be the strongest candidate so far
  • ILuvMonkeys 2011/08/14 06:08:19
  • angelbaby 2011/08/14 06:06:21 (edited)
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    People laughed at Saul and also at David!! Prayer and faith will NOT hurt Perry or this Country
  • Rainmaker 2011/08/14 05:43:12
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    A large part of the country believes that a turn back toward god and prayer is a partial solution to our social regression. His faith will help him, help him become the next President.
  • 16 2011/08/14 05:12:42
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    "Perry, why aren't you helping our country!?"

    "I'm too busy praying! Maybe a mental action will out trump that of a physical!"
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  • EricHamby kcoat 2011/08/14 07:14:37
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    Where was that said that they founded us on those roots? they sure has hell never said that, you guys keep saying the constitution... but when you actually read it... its not their either.
  • izzybean EricHamby 2011/08/17 13:54:38
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    But your primary rights are established in the declaration of independence. There a higher power is mentioned at least three times. That was done to give people a source of rights that was higher than a king. The constitution seems to limit the federal govts power directly like phrases congress shall not and such. The federal govt is supposed to protect the liberty and freedom that americans have, not limit them. People who want nothing to do with religion seem to have a hard time accepting where exactly their rights come from. They are not spelled out in the constitution are they? So where do they come from? If you replace providence, and the creator with any other source of power the declaration doesnt work. But if you were to accept the values put forth by the founders there would be a lot less problem. It is the value of the individual and virtue of the individual that makes the US work. Not the value of the Federal govt. So I guess the question is can you accept the values of the founders with out accepting christianity? I would say yes you can and without sacrificing your beliefs. I guess that is where individual responsibility comes in. Now if you want a socialist country then your rights will be specifically stated in the governing document. I guess you need to decide where your freedom and liberty come from. Oh and what about the last sentence of the constitution?
  • thekidflash 2011/08/14 03:56:37
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    It's Ludacris to think that talking to yourself is going to help anything.

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