Have you — male or female — ever had sex with Rick Perry? That’s what an ad placed in a Texas newspaper wants to know. The full-page ad, placed in the Austin Chronicle by conspiracy theorist Robert Morrow, asks, “Are you a stripper, an escort, or just a ‘young hottie’ impressed by an arrogant, entitled governor of Texas?” It promises to help respondents “publicize your direct dealings with a Christian-buzzwords-spouting, ‘family values’ hypocrite and fraud.” And at the it says, “Note to gay people: If you know the truth about Rick Perry, please QUIT covering for him.” Perry, who announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination last weekend, has been the subject of gay rumors in years past; in June several political websites reported on the rumors, which the staunchly antigay Perry rebutted in a 2004 interview. The Perry campaign was quick to denounce Morrow, who has asserted, among other things, that George H.W. Bush was involved in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and threatened to kill 1992 presidential opponent Ross Perot, reports the Houston Chronicle (not connected with the Austin Chronicle). Of the ad, Perry spokesman Mark Miner said, “It’s political garbage from an individual who is not stable.” The Houston paper added, “The campaign appeared to be ready for Morrow, however, as campaign-friendly sources that Miner did not want to identify produced a lengthy response developed around Morrow’s Internet blog postings.” The response asks readers, “before taking any of Robert Morrow’s rantings seriously,” to review his “many colorful theories.” Read more here.
The atheist group suing to stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer rally have lost their case.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a national day of Christian prayer and fasting, ruling Thursday that the group of atheists and agnostics did not have legal standing to sue. U.S. District Judge Gray Miller said the Freedom From Religion Foundation argued against Perry’s involvement based merely on feelings of exclusion but did not show sufficient harm to merit the injunction it sought. The governor has done nothing more than invite others who are willing to do so to pray,” Miller said. Rich Bolton, who argued for the group, said he is considering an appeal. “I wonder if we had a Muslim governor what would happen if the whole state was called to a Muslim prayer,” said Kay Staley, one of five Texas residents named as plaintiffs in the suit. “I think the governor needs to keep his religion out of his official duties.”
Perry says that the event’s hate group sponsor, the American Family Association, have not yet given him his “marching orders” as to his role during the rally.
Here, the Secessionist/homophobe/bigot/religious-fanatic gets his place on the list for organizing a “Prayer Rally” for all the wrong reasons (well, not having in mind the concept of the event itself).
TEXAS: Atheist Group Sues Gov. Rick Perry Over Christianist Prayer Rally
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed suit against Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his planned role in the upcoming prayer rally being staged by the American Family Association.
The complaint alleges Perry violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause by organizing, promoting and participating in the event. “The answers for America’s problems won’t be found on our knees or in heaven, but by using our brains, our reason and in compassionate action,” said Dan Barker, a co-director of the foundation. “Gov. Perry’s distasteful use of his civil office to plan and dictate a religious course of action to ‘all citizens’ is deeply offensive to many citizens, as well as to our secular form of government.” The group, which unsuccessfully sued to stop a national day of prayer earlier this year, filed the case on behalf of 700 members in Texas and called on the court to stop Perry from participating in the meeting or using his office to promote or recognize it.
Backers of the event are furious: “This is tantamount to a lawsuit declaring Governor Perry is unable to attend church on Sundays. It’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever seen.” The FFRF fires back that that AFA “promotes a rabid evangelical Christian agenda that is hostile to nonbelievers, non-Christians and other protected groups, such as gays and lesbians.”
This is what happens when you put religion on the equation, shit just goes wrong, specially in science and in the government.
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