By Steve Hynd
Wondering what the agenda for Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally is? Look no further, here are the answers:
Via Rightwing Watch, the video:
consists of the invitation Gov. Perry recorded asking people to attend his rally interspersed with footage of event endorsers, organizers, and sponsors - including Bryan Fischer saying gays should be banned from public office, Cindy Jacobs saying God was going to move unrighteous leaders out of government, Mike Bickle saying Oprah is a forerunner to the Antichrist, Jim Garlow saying the gay rights movement is driven by an "Antichrist spirit," John Hagee saying God sent Hitler as a hunter to force the Jews to move to Israel, David Barton saying God is not going to tolerate those who don't vote against issues like gay marriage or abortion, Stephen Broden saying the use of violence must always remain on the table, and finally Fischer again saying liberals hate God."
Yep, Perry is seeking backing from the bigoted, theocratic right. He has been calling influential Republicans in New Hampshire and Iowa too. But he already has one advantage over current Iowa frontrunner Bachmann to the sexist bigots of the far right's theocracy faction - he has a penis.
Update - Via TPM, another Rightwing watch video. TPM's Benjy Sarlin writes:
The website for Perry's "The Response" lists Dr. John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network prominently on its website as one of the event's endorsers, but Benefiel's vision of America is one that excludes Lady Liberty and her evil, secular, French Freemason agenda. Right Wing Watch recently posted video of a Benefiel sermon in which he condemned the famed Statue of Liberty, one of the nation's most beloved icons and a symbol of hope to incoming immigrants for over a century, as a "demonic idol" and "false goddess" sent to turn Americans away from God.
And Perry's likely to run as the compromise candidate between theocrat and fiscal conservatives!