Joe. My. God.: Christians Only At TX Prayer Rally
The lesson? Don't imply your very public, very political "prayer rally" is all inclusive and multi-denominational when it in fact isn't. The glaring problem here....beyond the idea that a standing Governor's spokesman is using obnoxiously biased religious jargon like "Our One True God" and "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" in an official secular capacity, is that people in environments like this wouldn't know how to respectfully and inclusively hold a faith based function if their afterlives depended on it. The language here is a prime example of monotheistic arrogance:
This is an explicitly Christian event because we are going to be praying to the one true God through His son, Jesus Christ. It would be idolatry of the worst sort for Christians to gather and invite false gods like Allah and Buddha and their false prophets to be with us at that time. Because we have religious liberty in this country, they are free to have events and pray to Buddha and Allah on their own. But this is time of prayer to the One True God through His son, Jesus Christ, who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
Sure, we get it, big ol' Christian. The flowery if not mildly cliched rhetoric was the tell there. Whats interesting about the way religious freedom is supposed to work though, is that political figures are not supposed to implicitly endorse one religion over the other. Marketing an event as a Texan Prayer Event speaks to indicative bias on Perry's part, and now that I'm aware of what sort of evangelical Perry is I'm a little ponderous of how the GOP tends to put forward these grinning theocrats while passing them off as objective politicians. Ominous foreboding here.
*Unsurprisingly the event seems to be funded by the ever loving American Family Association, and Perry is being paid for his appearance. Want to bet who's going to be generously donating to his campaign (in exchange for ramping up anti-gay policy?)?