CALL AND RESPONSE

What Does Texas Gov. Rick Perry Call a Homophobic Hoedown? A Call To Prayer.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, the stately dude at left, wants us all to pray and fast. No, he’s not worried about our love handles distracting whales off the coast of P-Town:  Perry has scheduled a statewide day of prayer, which he calls The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, on August 6.  And he’s summoned the American Family Association’s Don Wildmon, anti-abortion activists Randy and Kelsey Bohlender and a fleet of bats out of the Religious Right’s crowded belfry to join him. Perry seems close to declaring his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination (because we all know the sterling track record Republican governors from the Longhorn State have as chief executives) so he’s calling this a “a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting,” which is another way of saying a GOP-loving, homophobic, right-wing lovefest. If you aren’t Christian, you’ll be encouraged “to seek out the living Christ.” (Hint: If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t Rick Perry’s idea of a Christian.)

Right Wing Watch has pulled together this video with highlights from the parade of nutburgers likely to make PrayerFest 2011 alternately cringe-worthy and nauseating. Sort of like the new Anne Hathaway flick.