Is there any other way to read this?
Perry imagines a “war on religion,” based on his bigoted, anti-liberty views and some gross disinformation about what the rules are for kids praying in school.
What are the odds that, if elected, Perry would say, “Oops, I was wrong; I won’t do what that ad suggests?”
Perry’s offensive and erroneous text:
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.
As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.
Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.
I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.
I’ll take Barney Frank over Rick Perry any day. Barney Frank is twice the man Rick Perry is, especially in standing up for the Constitution and freedom for all Americans.
I’ll take Barbara Jordan over Rick Perry. She was twice the person Rick Perry is. It seems to me that Perry plays with fire when he makes an ad that targets genuine Texas heroes like Jordan.
Perry professes to be a Methodist; does he have the guts to leave the church if he disagrees with its positions so much?
Is Perry going negative just because he’s losing, or is it really going to be that dirty a campaign? This man shouldn’t be governor of Texas, and he has no business running for president.
- What is the policy toward students and religious exercise in schools? Kids can pray any time, anywhere — schools can’t tell students how to pray, where to pray, when to pray, who or what to pray to, or what to pray for, according to the statement on freedom of religion in public schools sent to every school district in America as a directive on how to act. Perry wants to change that?
- Washington Post news report; discussion at political blog, The Fix
- PBS Newshour claims the ad is designed to attract religious people, not repel them.
- Update: The Texas Tribune covered it well. Nearly a million people stood up to Perry to click “dislike” on the ad at YouTube, and parodies are just getting started. Next, mayhaps?: Rick Perry will confess to several affairs, to soften his image as a hard-headed, hard-edged, uncompromising and uncompromised idiot.
- Rick Perry would probably cheer this: “Confused Rhode Island Christianists sing secular song to defend Pagan symbol” (Tip of the old scrub brush to you, Mr. Stanley)