Rick Perry, bigot evangelical friends throwing giant creepy prayer party

Texas governor and possible 2012 candidate teams up with the American Family Association to save some souls

By Alex Pareene
Published June 30, 2011 8:45PM (EDT)
Rick Perry
Rick Perry

So we should point out that in addition to the fact that he's directly responsible for the state-sponsored murder of an innocent person (what a "gaffe"!), Texas Governor Rick Perry is also the sort of creepy end-times ultra-evangelical that creeps out everyone else, including the regular Christians. Here he is demanding that everyone in America get on their knees to worship his vengeful god:

Mother Jones has a story about Perry's giant stadium payerfest, which is of course sponsored by the American Family Association, the anti-gay/anti-Muslim/anti-21st Century religious right organization that hates America for her freedom. The AFA is sort of the respectable Westboro Baptist Church, in they just write blog posts about how ignoring the Bible makes killer whales kill people instead of protesting funerals.

Right Wing Watch has the background on the other horrible organizations involved in this massive event, which was, for some reason, billed as "nondenominational," as if no one would notice that every single organizer and speaker is a right-wing evangelical Christian?

These are complete nutters and proud bigots, and Rick Perry is totally a credible would-be presidential candidate because, I dunno, nice hair, or something. He is a murderer with nice hair, and that plays great in South Carolina.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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