Gov. Perry – pray the political issues away

Posted on August 6, 2011


Gov. Perry Asks God To Pray For Nation’s Leaders : NPR. what a load of shit. I’m sorry.

“Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry told about 30,000 people gathered at Reliant Stadium. “We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and, as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us.”

I get it, Christians believe that God is the end all be all.  But I really, really think they forget in their evangelical desire to convince everyone to be like them, that this is a free fucking country and not everyone does, or should, believe what they do.  And i’ve written about this before.. but i take so many issues with this, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.  I guess the starting point for me is how utterly uncomfortable i feel about a group of people thinking their religion trumps all, and feel the need to make a huge event out of asking GOD to impart his wisdom onto people.. because then they’ll make the “right” choices.. right?  I would feel less uncomfortable if, say, they were seeking spiritual or religious guidance to bridge the widening gap between “opponents” in our country.  That makes sense to me.  “Please GOD, help all of us come together and respectfully engage in dialogue, let us hear one another, understand and respect our differences and come to consensus” just seems more… you know.. democratic? i guess.. than “Show them the errors of their ways”.  Of course the end point for me is the utterly ridiculous assumption that we need to surrender our fate to some force beyond our control.  Relinquishing personal accountability and authority over the future of our country sounds like a recipe for disaster.

What would people say if all the buddhists got together and fasted and meditated?  What if all the hindu, muslim, baha’i, pagans formed groups to do their own religious rituals on behalf of our country?  What would that even look like?  How would it be received.  That’s a different blog post i think.

But this movement from christians to “reclaim” our nation as a christian one is.. scary, quite frankly, as someone who does not believe in it.   Republicans want to talk about government interference and a “nanny state”… how is that much different from a patriarchal, paternal state where our rights under the constitution can be nullified based on an old book?  Just sayin.. interference is interference.  I dont think that political figures should have to lay down their beliefs, and i’m realistic enough to understand that our decisions will be informed by our spiritual practices; i am a very spiritual person.  However, I wouldn’t by any means try to assume that my way of life is the perfect, most right (or “righteous”) and everyone should have to live by my rules. that kind of authoritarianism doesn’t even jive with my spiritual practice.

But this is what it’s coming to. Polarization, escalation.  The ride is just beginning, I think.

also check out this alternet article on the event: nine things you need to know