The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

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Mike Bickle runs a multimillion dollar religious organization without a phone line.
For folks with a direct line to God, the prayer warriors behind Rick Perry's rapidly approaching Houston prayer rally are some shitty communicators. Calls and emails to the event's leadership team go unanswered, messages go unreturned. If you do get someone on the phone, they can't get you off fast enough.

Yesterday I caught Alice Patterson, an author and the organization's church mobilizer, but she quickly referred me to event spokesman Eric Bearse, a former Perry aid. "Oh! I have another call coming in," she said, and hung up.

The folks at the International House of Prayer, the 24-hour worship center and "university" that has several staffers involved, say the same thing. When I asked to speak with founder IHOP Mike Bickle, who's quite confident the Second Coming is sometime this fiscal quarter or next, I was told he doesn't even have a phone extension. Neither does his secretary. I guess Jesus just emails his return-trip itinerary?

The problem with telling me to call Bearse is that he won't call me back either. Never has. As far as I can tell he talks to pretty much everyone else in the media, but not the Observer. So the other day, I emailed him:

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He emailed me back late yesterday. Maybe he likes me after all!

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I can go? Really? He must not know I'm a Jew. Or maybe he knows I'm a convert and sensed a challenge?

Anyway, we were dialoguing. I felt a breakthrough coming.

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This is what's called baiting. Very unprofessional. And ineffective! You do it when you've lost hope of a source calling you back or, more often, when you've been arguing with your wife about how to load the dishwasher. This time, it worked, presuming that the goal is ensuring never having access to the person in question.

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Wait a second. Wait just a fucking second. No one at this paper -- and I mean no one -- has been more cynical about this event than me. I made sure he knew as much.

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He hasn't emailed back yet, but he will, I'm sure. Any minute now ...


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Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

You should remind them that Bible Girl use to run (ruin) your joint. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

You should have called their 900 line, if you're paying by the minute they'll talk all night.

Disgusted
Disgusted

I'm thinking you must be a miserable person, wanting to bring everyone down to your level, in order to elevate yourself to an acceptable level of self-worth.  It's amazing the number of trolls out there that carry out their hate-mongering under the guise of free press.

Gay
Gay

Jesus Hates democrats ..

CR
CR

""I think a governor sponsoring an event that's exclusionary to non-Christians-- especially a governor who claims to have such a crush on the ole' constitution -- isn't the best idea."

Joe Tone, I looked at the Response's website and could not find anything that excludes non-Christians from attending their event.  http://theresponseusa.com/

Huh
Huh

So where are the emails to Obama's National Day of Prayer organizers? DObserver parent company put the nix on that one or are you resigned at this point in your career to falling in line with the direction your bread is buttered?

jesdynf
jesdynf

Doesn't want to be---

Am I to understand that the thing the Response guy fears, more than anything else in the world, is the world's... response?

Can we put this guy's picture in the dictionary under "dishes out, can't take"?

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

If Eric Bearse won't talk to the Jews at the Observer, how does he expect to convert us in order to hasten the Rapture? He's getting in his own way here.   And for the record, I fucking love Job. Can't look at a salt shaker without thinking of the guy! 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I think I need to email this guy--shouldn't we all?

Amy S.
Amy S.

Prayer for Tolerance - Voltaire (18th Century)O! Thou God of all beings, of all worlds, and of all times,We pray, that the little differences in our clothes,in our inadequate languages,in our ridiculous customs,in our imperfect laws,in our illogical opinions,in our ranks and conditions whichare so disproportionately important to usand so meaningless to you,that these small variationsthat distinguish those atoms that we call men,one from another,may not be signals of hatred and persecution.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Dude, Your the most happenin' heeb this side of Tel Aviv for doing that, what a mensch...;)

My big issue with these "christians", as I dont consider myself part of their crazed mad sheep diseased part of the flock, is the fact they're barring other religious leaders from this event, eventhough they say elsewise, you wont see a rabbi of any type, a buddhist, a imam or anyone else that isnt white, male and middle aged...I'm going to on record to predict this will be an epic disaster for both the fake IHOP and perry, as well as this will cause both his presidential chances and governership to tumble...

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Was Jesus a Jew or a Christian??? I believe the former?

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

how kind of you to 'accidentally' leave his email address in the first email-LOL!You go, you mean ol' Jew!

brick
brick

I'm thinking you must be a miserable person, wanting to bring everyone down to your level, in order to elevate yourself to an acceptable level of self-worth.

You are a sad individual if what you voluntarily read online disgusts you and you are the one wallowing in misery. You.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

What is a "guise of free press" mean? Doesn't the very word "free press" indicate the ability to write what one wishes? You should be "disgusted" at the inability of you to form more complete assumptions...

Montemalone
Montemalone

It's ok.Just pray to babyjeebus and read some biblebook verses. Then you can just stomp your feet and yell and scream and complain about all the heathens and homos and jews and arabs and and and and and....

Scrotex
Scrotex

Disgusted, you had me at 'self-worth'.....then I realized you were addressing the author of the article.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Well, if it's not on the web site, I must be mistaken.

Deep_Sigh
Deep_Sigh

Perhaps the part of the invitation where other religions might deem it exclusionary "As a nation, we must come together and call upon JESUS to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy".  Just a thought.

Coleman
Coleman

to be fair, the National Day of Prayer has been complete bullshit since 1952 as well...but that's institutionalized bullshit, not OBAMA'S bullshit. This prayer rally? all Rick Perry's bullshit. Get the difference, or are you going to pretend not to?

Montemalone
Montemalone

I think his picture is already in use under the heading: Hygiene, feminine.

pbluett
pbluett

Silly me. I thought that the May21st Rapture deadline had passed.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Oh shit, that was Lot's wife, not Job's. See, Eric? This is why you should talk to us more often! I clearly need a refresher course. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Do you think Glenn Hudson will be attending?

Montemalone
Montemalone

He was a hippie, so I think that's none of the above.

Rgdtx88
Rgdtx88

ehh...that email address is easily accessible on the dude's website.

CR
CR

Perhaps a poor choice of words those first three, but it's a church event geared towards Christians.  I'm sure anyone can still attend without having to take a faith test at the door, so it's not exclusionary.  Should politicians be banned from expressing their faith publicly?  Should we get rid of National Prayer Day?  I don't see why people are making a big deal about this event.

Montemalone
Montemalone

'cept if a shaggy haired guy with a beard and sandals shows up and asks to speak, he won't be allowed in.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

"Should politicians be banned from expressing their faith publicly?"Yes.  It doesn't matter one iota what their faith is.  Faith should be private and not held up for public scrutiny, nor should any member of our government advocate a particular one.

Should we get rid of National Prayer Day?Yes.  Same reasons.

CR
CR

"Are you people ever gonna just shut the fuck up and leave the rest of us alone?

Nobody's making you go to this Response event.  If you and Joe Tone want to be left alone, stop complaining about feeling excluded by the Christians and do your own thing.  As for "you people", I'm not religious at all or even atheist, just a respecter of people's right to express themselves.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Are you people ever gonna just shut the fuck up and leave the rest of us alone?

Did you ever stop to think that maybe the reason a lot of us stay away from religious freaks is we don't want to be around the deranged?

Did you ever wonder why all those billions of people around the world that don't pray to jeebus don't?

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