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Perry’s ad reveals misunderstanding of prayer in school

December 8, 2011

People are up in arms over the new Rick Perry ad in which our Texas governor and presidential hopeful picks a religious fight. He blasts Obama and liberals for allowing gays to serve openly in the military while forbidding kids to pray in school or celebrate Christmas. Huh?

Jim Wallis is calling for an apology, and several other Christian leaders are expressing their disapproval.

Perry’s argument is weak, to be sure. But it’s not surprising he’s taking this approach. The belief that Christianity is under attack by liberal secularists is a pretty common one among conservative Christians. I heard it again and again when I was a religion reporter.”The liberals took God out of school,” they would say. But nobody can stop students from praying or believing. The courts ruled that mandatory prayer and Bible readings and displays of the 10 Commandments were unconstitutional. That’s hardly a war on religion, Governor.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Wirtz permalink
    December 8, 2011 7:12 pm

    I must be getting soft. (-:
    This is the second posting in a row that I agree with you.
    And me a “fundamental” Christian at that.

    Although a confirmed agnostic when I was in school, the
    morning prayer over the P.A. was neither a problem nor
    a concern to us non-christians.

    It was and is interesting that in concession to the Jewish
    community, even 60 years ago, none of the prayers ever
    mentioned “Jesus name.”

    For the first 140 years, Judeo-Christian morality and ethics
    were the standard of authority used by the U.S. Supreme
    Court. There departure became an avalanche during the
    Warren Court. With departure from absolutes, welcome
    post-modernism’s relativity, what is moral and ethical
    became what is legal and the deconstruction of Western
    Civilization began in earnest.

    We are well on our way to an oligarchy for as John Adams
    warned, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and
    religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government
    of any other.”

    Even Sir Julian Huxley, Darwin’s bulldog, agreed that the
    world would be a better place to live if everyone behaved
    as if there was a god.

  2. eeflynn permalink*
    December 8, 2011 7:26 pm

    Interesting, Jack. Thanks (as always) for reading and responding.

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