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[Y]ou don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong

It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.

This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:

With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…

Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.

And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:

December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.

I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:

It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:

Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’

So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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robot-heart-politics:

pinwheeling:

Not to derail this conversation but this proclamation is actually dated April 2011, before any wildfires broke out in Texas. And we do badly need rain here. Texas is in the throes of the worst single-year drought on record, affecting nearly everyone in the state and spelling financial disaster for Texas’s farmers and ranchers. I’m not praying for anything, but I sure as hell wish it would rain. 

Considering one of the tags on the post you reblogged (and presumably deleted) was, “Perry prays for rain and gets fire,” you could probably have guessed that yes, we’re all aware that Perry’s prayer came before the fires. 

The point is, all the people passing along this chain mail—which is about the wildfires—with Perry’s prayer for rain in it are fools who don’t realize that Texas would have been far better served in responding to the massive wildfires if Perry had continued to invest in Texas’ volunteer fire departments, rather than leading a big showy prayer about weather.

Not to get technical, but the wildfires had broke out before Perry’s proclamation. This article, dated April 11th, discusses the already record-breaking fire season. This photo is from April 10th:

Caption: An uncontrolled wildfire burns near Fort Davis, Texas, on April 10. A fast-moving wildfire had spread to more than 60,000 acres in Presidio County and Jeff Davis County, where it destroyed about 20 homes in Fort Davis.

So Perry’s prayers came when it wasn’t getting better, and in fact, accelerated at a horrible rate. Several of the photos in that slideshow feature volunteer firemen battling the blazes. It was after this began that Perry cut the firefighters’ budget by 75%. Instead of properly funding his fire crews, he’s asked the people of Texas to pray and FEMA for federal dollars to help.

Moral of the story: Firemen are more effective than prayer. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance, via )

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This is what I just got in my email from a conservative pal. Right when I bitch about chain emails…
The email is a copy/paste of the "Pray for Rain" proclamation from Rick Perry, and a long, rambling prayer about God returning his favor to the U.S. and to Texas.
You know what would have worked out better? Rick Perry not cutting 75% of the volunteer fire department’s budget. They’re the main line of defense against Texas wildfires.

This is what I just got in my email from a conservative pal. Right when I bitch about chain emails…

The email is a copy/paste of the "Pray for Rain" proclamation from Rick Perry, and a long, rambling prayer about God returning his favor to the U.S. and to Texas.

You know what would have worked out better? Rick Perry not cutting 75% of the volunteer fire department’s budget. They’re the main line of defense against Texas wildfires.

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