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Texas Governor Rick Perry And The Hate Group

by Jay Morris on June 17, 2011

in Actions,Bigotry Watch,Jay Morris,Politics,Religion

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On August 6, 2011, Texas Governor and U.S. Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, will take the stage in support of and collaboration with a certified hate group. Governor Perry called for a National Day of Prayer in response to the “crisis” faced by America. The event, aptly titled “The Response,” is sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA), which recently received a “hate group” designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

WATCH: Rick Perry’s Love Of Hate Group Examined By Lawrence O’Donnell (Video)

While Governor Perry guised his intolerance of equality in the shrouds of “religion” and “prayer” the real Truth of The Response became evident when the president of the American Family Association (AFA), Tim Wildmon, acknowledged that one of the purposes of the prayer event is to end the “increasing acceptance of homosexuality” by American society.

While purportedly Christian groups like the AFA vehemently target LGBTQ people and have developed political agendas to deny equal protection of queer Americans, not all Christians translate faith into bigotry. According to the Religion Poll conducted this year by the Human Rights Campaign,

The majority of Christians oppose the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, favor protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, favor laws prohibiting bullying and harassment against LGBT students or the children of LGBT parents, [86%] believe their faith leads them to conclude that the law should treat LGBT people equally, and believe condemnation of LGBT people by religious leaders does more harm than good.

However, the remaining 14% of Christians opposed to equal protections under the law are the vocal minority.

But Perry has awakened the majority by his alliance with a hate group. The Houston Clergy Council released a statement requesting that Governor Perry leave ministry to the clergy and “refocus his energy on the work of governing our state,” noting that the AFA is not only an anti-gay hate group, but has also “been stridently anti-Muslim, going so far as to question the rights of Muslim Americans to freely organize and practice their faith.”

The event has grabbed the interest of non-clergy organizations as well, spawning an online petition to be hand delivered to the Governor’s office by members of GetEQUAL demanding that the Governor remove himself from the event or remove the AFA as a sponsor. But Perry hasn’t yet backed down. In fact, in a recent interview with Fox News, Perry and Fox News’ Neil Cavuto exchanged the following dialogue:

Cauvuto: You have kind of like the Chris Christie phenomenon: very popular outside your state, still popular but not nearly as popular within your state. There are even Tea Party groups within your state who like you but don’t love you. [...] What do you say?

Perry: I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both Biblical and practical.

Robin McGehee, the National Director of GetEQUAL, suggests the event deserves bold action, stating:

From conservative religious bashing to ballot bashing to queer bashing – too often these voices of hate dominate our communities in an effort to strip away our dignity.  Sadly, these coordinated efforts lead to self-hate, self-violence and hate crimes.  It is our hope that a unified voice of dignity, love and equality will take bold action in Houston and wherever the voices of bigoted prejudice, discrimination and hate exist to say, ‘enough is enough.’

But not all LGBTQ advocates concur with removal of the AFA from the event. Most notable were remarks made to the Houston Chronicle by the Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly lesbian and largely heralded as and LGBTQ civil rights hero. When asked if she considered the AFA holding an event in her city an insult, she said, “No, I’m glad to have anybody’s dollars coming to the city of Houston. They can come back on a monthly basis if they’d like as long as they spend money.”

The AFA has certainly spent money.  The organization is accused of funneling roughly $25,000 for lobbying initiatives against the U.S. State Department’s condemnation of the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill, which would make homosexuality a criminal offense punishable by death. It has also invested significantly in teaching churches how to advocate for political causes while maintaining their tax-exempt status.

Several rallies and protests of the event have also been planned with varying messages, including “separation of church and state” due to reports that Perry used State resources in planning and organizing The Response.

 

Jay Morris is a State Lead for GetEQUAL​.org, a founding member of the Direct Action Network San Antonio, a writer for Ignite San Antonio Magazine, and blogger at jaysays​.com. You can find him posting randomness on Twitter or engage him in conversation on Facebook.

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{ 3 comments }

Coxhere June 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

At the beginning of this article, in the black box with this homophobe's picture, it says that perry is creating employment opportunities through "conservative values." Here's an example: Does anyone remember when, several years ago, Apple was thinking about putting a large plant that would employ several thousand in Williamson County (near Georgetown) north of Austin? The county commissioners gave Apple a difficult time because of their policies of equal rights to their Gay employees. Officials didn't want out-Gay Americans in their county, only invisible, closet cases for Williamson County. As a result, Apple decided to go to another area of the country where the surrounding society would be more accepting of Gay Americans. This is perry's REAL TEXAS.

StanleyJames June 19, 2011 at 3:43 am

Perry is nothing but another Kluxer who has found a new group to hate.

And his worst nightmare has come true- the election of a black president.

But did down far enough and you'll prob find it has little to do with gays and everything to do with graft and power. And each feeds the other, while Perry sits on his own pile of feces wondering why so many think he stinks.

And his nuttyness is emboldening the good churches to expose him, and support gay people.

As someone said, the catholic church is a monstrosity re gay rights, just as they hated the Jews.

the right wing protestants make the catholic church look like a pop-gun army, and perry a loose nuke.

JohnBovay June 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

Biblical literalists would do well to stop bellowing ABOMINATION!!! long enough to research the context that the Bible's constituent books were written in, the occasional mistranslations which affected how those texts were interpreted, and how they were repeatedly redacted over time to conform to the politically-motivated views of various regimes throughout history. Here's an article which walks one through this subject while using the Bible itself as a guide:

The Six Bible Passages Used To Condemn Homosexuals http://bit.ly/jlxuxS http://www.otkenyer.hu/truluck/six_bible_passages

The author of the above link asks that one reads some Bible passages to refresh one's context of what he discusses. So here's an on-line version of the KJB:

King James Bible Online http://bit.ly/kNvA4q http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/

The author also recommends a certain book. Here's an on-line version:

The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology – Mark D. Jordan http://bit.ly/kVr60t http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Invention

"In this startling original work of historical detection, Mark D. Jordan explores the invention of Sodomy by medieval Christendom, examining its conceptual foundations in theology and gauging its impact on Christian sexual ethics both then and now. This book is for everyone involved in the ongoing debate within organized religions and society in general over moral judgments of same-sex eroticism. "A crucial contribution to our understanding of the tortured and tortuous relationship between men who love men, and the Christian religion–indeed, between our kind and Western society as a whole. . . . The true power of Jordan's study is that it gives back to gay and lesbian people our place in history and that it places before modern theologians and church leaders a detailed history of fear, inconsistency, hatred and oppression that must be faced both intellectually and pastorally."–Michael B. Kelly, Screaming Hyena "[A] detailed and disturbing tour through the back roads of medieval Christian thought."–Dennis O'Brien, Commonweal "Being gay and being Catholic are not necessarily incompatible modes of life, Jordan argues. . . . Compelling and deeply learned."–Virginia Quarterly Review"

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