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Dear Texas Gov. Rick Perry: This SUCKS!

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And your constituents are NOT on board!

Gov. Ricky Perry of Texas recently issued a proclamation declaring August 6th as a Day Of Prayer. He'll be holding a special "faith-based" event in Houston where people can come and pray for the relief of those affected by natural disasters, war, and "other social ills." We didn't quite know what that meant until we realized the Day Of Prayer was being sponsored by some of the nation’s leading anti-LGBT groups. We are forced to infer then that one of these "social ills" is homosexuality.

So, is this like gonna be a big "Pray the Gay Away" prayer circle or something??? Are you kidding us???

When the HRC got wind of this, they reached out to some of Texas' religious residents to comment on this passive, yet effective slap in the face. Click on the jump to hear what some of them had to say about this shameful display.

We're all about having faith, so long as it includes being fair to EVERYONE! You should feel the same, Governor.

Dr. Stephen Sprinkle, Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth:

Texas is my state. That makes me all the more grieved that Governor Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in the history of Texas, is turning to the old, outworn political strategy of pandering to the worst elements of the extremist religious right wing with his proposed “Day of Prayer.” The so-called Day of Prayer is a sham event with clear political objectives, and a dangerous one for freedom-loving Americans of every background. The premise of the day is not inclusive of other faiths in any but the shallowest sense.

As a Christian of conscience, a “Golden Rule” Christian, who believes in the love of God for all people, I cannot, do not, and will not support this charade in the guise of faith. And, as a theologian of the church, I oppose it on the very principles of the Christian faith I honor and in the service of which I have been ordained a Baptist minister for the past 34 years.

My prayer is that people of conscience and goodwill from every faith community, and those who profess no formal faith at all, will see through this co-opting of religion in the service of extremism and crass political gain, and that it will backfire on Governor Perry, the AFA, and the rest of its organizers.

Chaplain (Colonel) Paul W. Dodd, D. Min., LPC, U.S. Army (Ret.), HRC Religion Council and Austin resident agreed:

To paraphrase Karl Barth, Governor Perry “has taken the divine into his possession; he has brought it under his management.” I hope that Texas’ many good, church going, well-intentioned, evangelical folks won’t fall for it. We must continue to pray — silently, individually, collectively and fervently, as I believe most of us do consistently, day in and day out.

The Rev. Harry Knox, Senior Pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston, TX and fellow member of HRC’s Religion Council Member added:

Prayer should begin in preparation for action, not relied on as an antidote for inaction. It should be a uniting act, not a wedge used to exclude and stir up animosity. I hope in the future, Governor Perry joins with all Texans of faith to participate in an event that represents the best of the diversity of our state. In a state where there are so many fair-minded people of faith, it’s disturbing to see what could be a meaningful spiritual gathering hijacked by those whose message is one of hate, not peace.

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70 comments to “Dear Texas Gov. Rick Perry: This SUCKS!”



  1. 1

    Rick Perry is an idiot, I wish he would go away. I hope he runs for President so we can get rid of him as Governor.



  2. 2

    Looks like you're desperately spinning this to suit your agenda as usual.



  3. 3

    Gays are aloud to attend, go and see for yourself, dont ASSume, educate yourself Perez.



  4. 4

    If they wanted to help those suffering through natural disasters and war it would probably be more benefical if they organised a fund raiser, not simply a big prayer group. just saying..



  5. 5

    I said it before, I'll say it again. You FatBoy are a complete MORON



  6. 6

    Rick Perry is trying to use Aug. 6th to show how conservative he is by this "day of prayer." I'm about 95% sure he's going to announce his run for President in Houston, since he has more supporters here than in Austin. (like @dirtyfinger said…Texans wanna get rid of him as Governor, no one wants him in Austin) Furthermore, like the study about homophobics and their arousal when watching gay porn, Rick Perry is only seeming to be strongly against homosexuals to suppress his own homosexuality. No straight cowboy has hair that beautiful.



  7. 7

    You can't control what people want to pray for… but everyone should remember, if you are praying for an end to homosexuality, you might find God or the Universe blesses you with a bunch of homosexual friends, neighbors and family members to overcome your ignorance. You can't force enlightenment, it has to come organically.



  8. 8

    It's no wonder alot of people hate gays. Gays try to turn every little tiny microscopic non-issue that might be offensive to one gay person; a national crisis. It's heartbreaking to me because a dear friend of mine IS gay and I am beginning to look at him in another light…. I actually am ashamed sometimes to be a friend of gays… Thanks Perez.



  9. 9

    wow…it's JUST "a day of prayer"…..it's not a "pray the gay away" you cats are reading waaaaay too much into this. Especially you Perez…I luv ya man, but it's not ALWAYS about you or your cause. jessh



  10. 10

    Re: FoUfCfK – If you judge people that are gay by the actions of Perez … well all I can say is you are giving him way more power than he deserves. He will get a footnote in history but not for his advocacy, rather his ability to capitalize during the travesty called tabloid and star stalking journalism.

  11. buck says – reply to this


    11

    Relax Hilton, there are a lot of other things to pray for in this world other then 'gayness'. Way to go Rick Perry, we have never been more proud of you.



  12. 12

    Re: FoUfCfK – I hate Christians for the same reason.



  13. 13

    Re: FoUfCfK – Also, what you should be ashamed of is your 6th grade education.



  14. 14

    People are allowed to be anti-gay. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Don't it make you a hypocrite? You teach tolerance but you don't tolerate other's opinions if they are against yours? Hypocrite!



  15. 15

    Re: dirtyfinger – That makes no DAMN sense!

  16. Remie says – reply to this


    16

    Get off the website if you have a problem with Gays…homosexualality should just be left alone …realyy??? It's 2011… Get over yourself FOUFCKF Hope your supposed friend reads your post..punches you in the face and walks out of your life.

  17. d.f. says – reply to this


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    Re: Geat real – your insulting footnotes by including perez. he will be a pimple on the hemorrhoid of the world. DAMN! that's insulting pimples and hemorrhoid's. can't win.



  18. 18

    if you can be made to believe absurdities, you can be made to commit atrocities.



  19. 19

    Re: FoUfCfK – It's no wonder alot [sic] of people hate christians. Christians try to turn every little tiny microscopic non-issue that might be offensive to one christian person; a national crisis. It's heartbreaking to me because a dear friend of mine IS christian and I am beginning to look at him in another light…. I actually am ashamed sometimes to be a friend of christians… Thanks FoUfCfK



  20. 20

    Re: Starlit – What makes no sense?



  21. 21

    Re: Starlit – I live in Dallas, TX, therefore I am a Texan. If Rick Perry runs for President and loses he can't come back and be Governor. How does that not make sense?



  22. 22

    Dear Governor Perry: Please stick your prayers and religion up your ass. Religion is responsible for everything wrong in this world. It's an antiquated concept whose end is here. Only irresponsible diots need a god to blame things on. Each of us is responsible for what happens to us. We are in charge of our own destiny. It's not now, nor was it ever, god's will. Religion is a myth created to control the masses. What a shame there are still so many foolish sheep in this world.



  23. 23

    Re: d.f. – True… very true, sorry pimples for insulting you



  24. 24

    Perry is a prick. I remember when I lived in Texas in the mid 2000's he made a comment to the media that if gays didnt like the way Texas did things they could move! Seriolusly? Hes had a long standing anti-gay stance…which is funny because Ive heard several gay rumours about him over the years…could we be over compensating for something Mr. Perry?



  25. 25

    Disgusting!
    But this will KILL Perry's chances for running for President! YEA!



  26. 26

    Rick Perry is a complete idiot.. I hope he runs for president so he can lose and we can get rid of him. He is pushing this "religious" bullshit to push his own agenda for president. He does not care about praying to help others.. it is a ploy to get people to listen to his agenda. He is flushing Texas education down the toilet and now this…I think I might need to get out of Texas before it all goes to shit.



  27. 27

    I'm w/ dirtyfinger…I pray that he announces a run for pres. - he'll never get it, but TX could finally get rid of him. I'm still in awe that White didn't win the last election - he's my favorite elf ever.
    Perez, I know a group of 6 homosexual people who are religious and they plan on attending the day of prayer even though an anti gay group is sponsoring. Its not like they don't face this kind of intolerance every sunday when they go to church.



  28. 28

    Perez, you're an absolute idiot (and so are your writers)! Why is okay for you to rub your gayness in our faces, have all your gay pride bull shit but then say it sucks when people want to come together and pray for those effected by all of the natural disasters?? You really are a MORON!!! Why do the gay people turn EVERYTHING around to make it appear that the straight and or religious people are against the gays?? Suck it Perez!



  29. 29

    Re: dirtyfinger – Because then he would have even more power as the President…



  30. 30

    Re: highAboveManHttn – so are you saying that it's humanity's fault for things that happen to us (such as natural disasters) and that we control our destiny? I'm pretty sure I don't control the winds. If I were in control of my destiny or for others, I wouldn't CHOOSE to have my house obliterated. That's just a thought.

  31. ATX says – reply to this


    31

    There is another great group in Texas, Texas Freedom Network, trying to do something about this event. Check out their open letter to Rick Perry, telling him to stop using faith as a political weapon: www.tfn.org/DearGovPerry.
    If you are outraged — do something about it! Pass it on.



  32. 32

    everyone is free to stand up for what they believe in. Its the same freedom that gives you the right. We dont have to like others view's, but to deny them freedom would be just as wrong!!!!!!!



  33. 33

    Perez, yet again - you are a total asshat on this non-issue. I seriously wonder if you were to put a poll up for every political type post you have, the majority of people commenting would be against your "spin" or "opinion" on the matter. It's continually evident by the comments I read on everything from Lady Gaga, to Sarah Palin, to Anthony Weiner and all your Gay rights hysteria.



  34. 34

    As a born and raised Texan, I'd like to pray Perry away! This man has violated women's rights by forcing ultrasounds and complete descriptions of the fetus upon any woman having an abortion, so it's not past his conservate and wrong self to try to pry gay away. For all of you people saying this is Perez blowing things out of proportion, you need to educate yourself on what this man is really up to. I have lived in Texas my whole life, he regularly forces his own beliefs on us as a state. He's disgusting!



  35. 35

    Re: Geat real – Nope, not just Perez forms my opinions. You flamers are pathetic really. Grow some balls.

    Re: lau115ren – alot (yeah alot) of people like yourself turn to insults when they have no strong arguement. Educate your self :) lol



  36. 36

    A Day of Prayer is open to anyone and people have the right to pray about anything they wish. The Lord does not condone being gay, it says it in the Bible that it is wrong, and those people who disobey him will be punished in the end.



  37. 37

    Re: FoUfCfK – what the fucking governor is doing is just the tip of the iceberg, religious is always a way to control something and to be in control forever, dividing people, telling people they need to hate something… you're ashamed of being friends with gays because you're childish coward who refuses to see what's right in front of your stupid face. your gay friend should be ashamed of you, you're such an empty, stupid, brainwashed moron…



  38. 38

    Re: alexie silver – It is what it is, deal with it.



  39. 39

    Re: alexie silver – and, you're fat, grow some self esteem.. hater.



  40. 40

    HE'S HOT THOUGH!! BET HE'S A GOT A MASSIVE SIZED THICK PIECE OF TEXAS COCK MEAT!!! RICK FOR PRESIDENT!!!!



  41. 41

    Re: alexie silver – SHIT, AREN'T YOU USUALLY ON YOUR KNEES SUCKING HARD AT THIS TIME OF DAY???? LOLZ!!!!



  42. 42

    lo, I must have offended Perez. He removed a some posts of me excersizing freedom of speech. Must be when I said you gays aremaking him rich by coming here..



  43. 43

    Re: Molly0814 – he also says eating shellfish is wrong, mixing textiles is wrong, and wanting a big screen t.v. because your neighbor has one is wrong.
    .

  44. Krii says – reply to this


    44

    I am soooo done with this site! You need to change the name of your site to portray what you are really writing about and it is rarely celebrity gossip unless they have offended or given the star of approval to the gay community.

  45. KKL says – reply to this


    45

    It's pretty ironic too, since everyone knows Rick Perry's got boys on the side. One of which he keeps a posh pad for in NYC.



  46. 46

    Where the hell have you been, Perez? This bullshit isn't new; it's a culmination of allowing the religious right to enter the political scene. Since evangelical fundamentalist churches are so popular among the dumb and stupid rich and are not taxed, they have been able to pay corrupt politicians to push their evil agenda.



  47. 47

    More lunatics pushing their conservative agenda down our throats.

  48. cika says – reply to this


    48

    Yeah… And stOOpid Lt. Dan Choi is saying that he won't support Obama in 2012 because he hasn't done enough for gay rights. How F****ng selfish this guy can be!!!! Repealing DADT ain't enough for you?? It's been two f****ng years, what do you think?? That your community is the only one that needs reform?? Bitch PLEASE!! Besides, what do you expect a Repug president will do for the LGTB community??? Crickets… We have a Repug congressman organizing a prayer event for your "sick" ass, is that what you want come 2012???? MORON.

  49. cika says – reply to this


    49

    Whats next??? Pray for immigrants so they become white. F****ng RACIST REPUGS.



  50. 50

    WHO CARES! Let the ignorant masses have yet another day to make them feel all high and mighty. Let them have their scapegoat. It's their funeral.

  51. cika says – reply to this


    51

    Re: FoUfCfK – Listen fuckoff, this isn't a little minor issue. Rick Perry has been elected by stOOpid Americans who treat homosexuals as diseases. If anything, this article points out just how SAD and DISGUSTING those who share Rick Peryy's views are.



  52. 52

    Re: FoUfCfK
    education via religion! That's an oxymoron!



  53. 53

    Re: Rancidy – Do you hear yourself? Forced ultrasounds? As if a woman should just go into an abortion blindly? I guess a woman should just act now and find out the details later? I'm pro choice but that sound like a great idea:) so there is no regrets or surprizes. Iv got a neighbor that hates herself bc she had an abortion, and while she was pregnant w her daughter the ultrasound showed her what stage her aborted baby looked like. So sounds like a Great!!!!!!! Idea.



  54. 54

    Re: JackAttackTX – I feel bad for Austin… You're an amazing city stuck in the middle of a conservative piece of shit.



  55. 55

    Re: FoUfCfK – Then you're a complete idiot.



  56. 56

    Re: highAboveManHttn – what is a diot? idiot



  57. 57

    I am a Houstonian and those who voted for Rick Perry are pist because what he has done with education especially with closing of schools and taking foreign money to build tollways. He has got away with so much!!! Conservatives don't care what they do that hurts people along if the take care of their own!



  58. 58

    Perry is known for his opposition to gay rights, and he opposes all legal recognition of same sex marriages. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas,[citation needed] which struck down a Texas sodomy law and believed the law to be "appropriate".
    During the 2006 gubernatorial election campaign, Perry said he supported teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in Texas schools. A spokeswoman for Perry called intelligent design a "valid scientific theory", an analysis that political commentator Rick Casey describes as "disputed by the scientific establishment".
    Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.
    Perry opposes regulation of greenhouse gas emissions because he says it would have "devastating implications" for the Texas economy and energy industry.
    Perry invited his friend, rock musician Ted Nugent, to perform at a black-tie gala hours after Perry's second inauguration ceremony on January 16, 2007. Nugent appeared onstage during the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting derogatory remarks about non-English speakers, according to press reports. The NAACP condemned Nugent's wearing the Confederate flag.
    On April 21, Perry proclaimed a three-day period, from Friday to Sunday (coinciding with Easter), as Days of Prayer for Rain in the state.



  59. 59

    Re: XraySpex – Love your avatar (and your comment).

  60. Coqi says – reply to this


    60

    wow, Mario, you really stretch to connect dots.



  61. 61

    Re: FoUfCfK – Me too about Blacks (I'm not saying you are)!! They complaint about everything!!



  62. 62

    Get ready world Rick Perry is running for President.



  63. 63

    As a Houstonian, I am very disappointed in this move by my governor.



  64. 64

    Prayer is having faith, that you wish goodwill on others. It doesnt matter what religion you are or how you feel. Praying in my opinion puts good vibes out there in the universe. I dont agree with homosexuality but I have gay friends. You can be tolerant but not necessarily agree. Its called not judging. Its good for Gov. Perry to do this. Good for him :)

  65. @v@ says – reply to this


    65

    Prayer opp?



  66. 66

    If Rick Perry runs for president he will probably win for one reason and one reason only - jobs. When the economy is this bad, no offense, people will be more than willing to put social issues on the back burner, and no state has created as many new jobs during the recession as Texas. The man's economic plan is outstanding.



  67. 67

    While I refuse to bow down to political correctness and kiss queer ass, I have to say, Rick Perry is a Bilderberger. He attended the 2007 Bilderberg Confab in Turkey. IOW, he's been groomed by the NWO and is a mole for the illuminati. As much as I think homosexuality is nasty, immoral and abnormal I find the globalist subversive and Logan Act violating Rick Perry to be even more of a threat.



  68. 68

    I never had a problem with gays until recently. I had gay friends. I thought they were amusing and funny, acting like women, always in high drama. It never bothered me. But now it's like a cancer. Always pounding their sexuality. Trying to convince their behavior is normal. Sexuality should not be the foremost thing in anyone's life. More important than God, money or anything else. Whenever anyone straight or gay makes sexuality the number one most important thing in their life they aren't normal. Who cares about your sexuality? If straight people went around constantly saying I'm straight and I'm proud they would be shunned. I think your trying to convince others by convincing yourself. Grow up!!



  69. 69

    Re: dirtyfinger – I thought I was the only Texan who thought this way!!!! HATE RICK PERRY!



  70. 70

    Perry is a total idiot, I live in Austin TX, so I get to see what he does on a constant depressing basis, he has run this state into the ground almost. His latest state budget cuts calls for1000's of teachers losing their jobs. Libraries are closing, swimming pools not open for kids in the summer. House prices down but property taxes up. He has cut the kids health program ( chip program) & thrown thousands of kids off the program. Yet he lives in a $10,000 a month house , paid for by the taxpayers of course, while his Governors mansion is renovated after someone set fire to it a couple of years back.
    There are many ethics violations leveled against him, which of course he has no answers for. We definitely do not need his "day of prayer" . He had a prayer for rain day back in April, yet & it has not rained once since, in fact we are in a severe drought, so epic failure on that.
    Heaven help the rest of the USA if this man gets to be President , because fair warning here, if he runs & is elected, he will run the whole country into ruin, just like he has Texas.