Party Like It's 1979 as Robison, Pastors Help Their "Prayer Partner" Perry Run for President

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The in-box is filled this morning with more news concerning Rick Perry's "day of prayer and fasting" in Houston next month -- you know, The Response. Let's begin with this: Several Friends of Unfair Park have forward a piece I first saw this morning on Startlegram great Bud Kennedy's Facebook feed: Sarah Posner's "The Real Story Behind Rick Perry's Secret Meetings with Pastors," which contains a link to this June 22 story from EthicsDaily.com concerning a meeting late last month at James Robison's LIFE Outreach International campus in Euless. Says the piece, 76 conservative Christian leaders attended the wingding, among them Robert Jeffress (because he won't be able to vote for Romney, no way).

Writes Brian Kaylor, this is the second such meeting convened by Robison, who calls Perry his "prayer partner," following a September confab at the Grand Hyatt DFW Hotel. But there is precedent:
In 1979, Robison led a similar secret meeting in Dallas to plot how to defeat then-President Jimmy Carter. That effort culminated in an August 1980 rally with Republican presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan that helped Reagan mobilize pastors for his presidential campaign.

Following up on his September 2010 meeting, Robison held two conference calls in March with 35 conservative Christian leaders.

"As we discussed how to find common ground to address the serious challenges facing our nation, some asked that we seek God for very specific, meaningful direction," Robison wrote on his blog about the calls. "They wanted to know how to help focus the prayers of believers on specific issues, make wise suggestions and take positive action."
The bossman also sends this piece o' info from God Discussion, which, little-known fact, was the original name for Unfair Park: "If You Liked Jesus Camp, You'll Love TX Gov. Perry's Prayer Rally Led by Radical Christian Youth Ministries." Hey, I loved Jesus Camp. But I don't think that's the point of the piece, which connects The Response not only to the American Family Association, but the IHOP ... meaning, the International House of Prayer. Still, pancakes.
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Mark Atkins
Mark Atkins

Their "prayer partner" is an adulterer, liar and a globalist?? Hmmm, no wonder America is in the mess it is with "religious" leadership like that!

LaceyB
LaceyB

they just need to pray that he has no hopes of winning. Or he will destroy any not-that-much-progress we've seen so far from Obama. Hell, from anyone. And fast.

Likeicare
Likeicare

I cannot abide any of the Christian wingnuts, and this prayer partner bull.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

It makes me sick everytime I see a Robison, Robertson or some other right-winger hijacking my faith for their own gain. Im a christian dem and I voted for Obama in 2008 and will do so again in 2012. I lost faith in common sense moderate republicans when they decided to band together with the John Birch Society, or as they're now commonly known, The Tea Party to try and malign an man of color in the most powerful office in the land.

Shelley
Shelley

What does it take to revoke these churches' tax-exempt status?

Jojobebe
Jojobebe

Officially removing any ideas of separation of church and state.

cp
cp

Aha! So 1979 is when the GOP became the "White Baptist Party"...

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

I'm a Christian. I voted for Obama. I'll vote for him in 2012. I didn't vote for Perry. Speaking of kinky, I have voted for Kinky.

I do not favor school prayer or government sponsored prayer. I do agree with IRS regulations which prohibit non profit leaders in their official capacity endorsing candidates.  I have prayed at the Courthouse. Not government sponsored, just under my breath as a judge decided someone's future.

There are alot of Xians like me....for better or worse. These religious discussions always deteriorate,so I hesitate to write, except I really do hate that these guys seem to dominate the airwaves and the assumption seems to be that Christians don't value the 1st Amendment. Many of us do. It's what permits us to worship (or not) as our conscience dictates.

Shelley
Shelley

It's sad that Christians like you aren't the vocal majority. So many people in my generation (X) and younger are completely turned off by Christianity because we read Matthew 6:5 then see the hyprocricy of the Christian leaders and those who stand with them.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

You should read "God's Politics" by Jim Wallis - there are Christian leaders who respect the separation of church and state and the existence of other faiths, athiests and agnostics.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Bill, on a related note, this was on cable last night ... and I found myself watching more or less the whole thing for the first time since I was a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

And all I could think was: What Would George Burns Do?

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

I want one of those armbands Robert.

I'm fond of the alanis morissette version in Dogma

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Bill -- I'm with you.  But the thing I find most upsetting is that these pastors should know that the only reason Rick Perry is holding this conclave and having anything to do with them is politics.  He wants their free media, use of their close control of their individual flocks, use of their money-raising abilities, use of their bully pulpits.  They are puppets. Maybe puppets for Jesus, but puppets nonetheless.  And they should be subject to IRS scruntiny because of that.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

You'd think they'd have learned from Falwell and Reagan - he took their support and gave them little in return. They thought George W would so the same - and didn't. They think the third time's a charm with Perry?

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Jay, the never have to learn.  Because the Rick Perrys of the world keep coming, kept flattering them, keep them in the news and give them a perception (false albeit) of power.  They are leeches.  And leeches never loose their thirst.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Yet the Christians who dominate the airwaves don't see you as one because you disagree with them.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Family Wing Nuts sent me the MASS E mailing a few weeks ago ..........

I sent them this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...And made it clear that I didn't plan pray with a guy who used the term Mother F*cker

Took me to task for using the term in an E Mail to them.I guess they are still praying for my soul.

Ellum08
Ellum08

'prayer partner'? kinky.

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