Texas Governor’s Prayer Summit Intended to Convert Non-Christians

Texas Governor Rick Perry, in his attempts to solve all of the problems of our age, is hosting a prayer summit in August, to which he has invited the country’s other 49 governors.  “The Response,” a day of “non-denominational Christian prayer and fasting” is intended to deal with “financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters,” as well as the “youth’s” moral decline.

According to the official site, “There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.”

Tim Murphy at Mother Jones has been covering the more problematic aspects of this already disturbing event, which clearly blurs the boundaries between church and state.  Last week, Murphy pointed out that the event is being funded by the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group which was classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its “incessant promotion of false, anti-gay propaganda.”

And now, to make matters worse, a spokesman for “The Response” told the American Family Association that they actually hope the event will help non-Christians into the fold.  Via Mother Jones, spokesman Eric Bearse said,

“A lot of people want to criticize what we’re doing, as if we’re somehow being exclusive of other faiths. But anyone who comes to this solemn assembly regardless of their faith tradition or background, will feel the love, grace, and warmth of Jesus Christ in that assembly hall, in that arena. And that’s what we want to convey, that there’s acceptance and that there’s love and that there’s hope if people will seek out the living Christ. And that’s the message we want to spread on August 6th.”

Luckily, only one governor – Sam Brownback of Kansas – has said he’ll attend.  So clearly, leaders understand why it would be incredibly inappropriate for any politician to support an event that so blatantly pushes Christianity on its attendees.  As Rev. C. Welton Gabby, a Baptist minister and the president of the DC-based Interfaith Alliance said, “I think the people of Texas elected him to be the governor of the state, not the pastor of the state.”

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Mo Va
Mo Va5 years ago

Religion divides us.
Governor Perry, do you think non Christians are bad ?
Governor Perry, do you think you are a good christian ?
Governor Perry, Are you competing against Iranian President for best preacher award ?
Governor Perry, Are you a bigot , narrow minded, etc?
Governor Perry, Is it true that you wrote a bible ?


James N.
James N.5 years ago

Amazing, simply amazing. The very freedom that allows us all to comment here is the same freedom that allows us to openly pray and fast for our nation. God I ask that you open the peoples eyes to Your love and Your truth. In Jesus name.

Janice A.
Janice Adams5 years ago

Tom Y Sharia law and Biblical law are pretty much the same. The people, who are paying the bill for this thing, are against gay relationships. Their entire argument hinges on the laws of Leviticus. If they will use that law to uphold a belief they will use all and any of the others that suit them and if we allow such people power in our government we may find spirituality to be "Christian Faith" that is enforced by these wackos. Perry is using this supposed prayer day to pray for: ...'financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters," as well as the "youth's" moral decline.' What do we think all that means? The next step is, if he should ever get to be President, he will immediately try to get laws passed that follow Biblical law in regard to debt, terrorism, natural disasters, and youthful indiscretion. When I was a child all natural disasters were called an act of God. It was supposed that it was God's wrath that was being visited on the people. We now know better, but will they start using that kind of language again and use these natural disasters (which, by the way, are primarily made worse by global warming and climate change.) to denigrate certain people and certain tolerances. It was done in the past and the beliefs these people have will make it possible in the future. There have been many things blamed on homosexuals. Read some here:
It can happen again.

Tom Y.
Tom Y.5 years ago

Oops -- "equivocal" should be "equivalent." (See below.)

Tom Y.
Tom Y.5 years ago

I'm thankful Governor Perry recognizes the core need of humanity is spiritual, and since some easygoing pastors appear to be sitting this one out, the Governor will have to take the initiative. This won't be an imposition on society equivocal to Shari'a Law, but an earnest plea to God. And may it find an answer!

Nobody can be forced into faith in Christ. The people involved here will be those who already have that faith. The initiative may make some people nervous, but in the obvious absence of anything resembling an actual forced conversion of anybody, they should ask themselves why that is.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.5 years ago

They forgot two things: Pray for gays to 'turn' straight, and pray for rain! (I guess that last comes under praying for better weather, or for global warming to be all a bad dream)

Janice A.
Janice Adams5 years ago

There are States that are trying to pass laws against Sharia law, where is the law that forbids people from using biblical law. It is every bit as scary and yet we have politicians who are blatantly saying they will bring biblical law with them into government. Most of us would be willing to say that people with voices in their heads need psychiatric care and probably drug therapy and yet we have crazies like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry who think God is telling them to run for President of the United States. Does the fact that no one raises objection to this make the rest of the country seem just as crazy? In times past no one would dare do what Rick Perry is attempting with the kind of people he is affiliating himself with. It would have been the death of his political career but somehow the 26% of right wing born again christians have taken control of the steering wheel in the Republican car and everyone else covers their eyes, ears and mouth like the three monkeys. When will the other 75% of the country call "enough"? I would have thought that the mess the last person who said: 'I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.' brought such disaster on our country we have yet to recover. Let's get real and reject Perry and his religious convictions.

michael c.
corbin m.5 years ago

Scary. Even scarier...there are some people out there that don't know why it's scary. Really scary.

Mo Va
Mo Va5 years ago


Ira L.
Ellie L.5 years ago