Rick Perry: Church and state is Satan's fault

"This separation of church and state is just false on its face,” the Texas governor said

Published September 20, 2012 7:32PM (EDT)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry knows whom we have to blame for that whole "separation of church and state" thing: Satan.

“Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there that is driven is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena,” Perry said during an evangelical conference call this week, put together by the Rev. Rick Scarborough.

He continued: “Somehow or another there’s this, ya know, steel wall, this iron curtain or whatever you want to call it between the church and people of faith and this separation of church and state is just false on its face. We have a biblical responsibility to be involved in the public arena proclaiming God’s truth.” (Perry's inability to complete a coherent sentence was a problem when he was running for president.)

Via TPM.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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