Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting in a Twist Over The Response

The worthies over at The Wild Hunt's new digs are getting their knickers in a twist over Texas Governor (and possible GOP Presidential contender) Rick Perry's upcoming gathering called "The Response". Jason's brief headline was:
Making Texas Governor Rick Perry’s upcoming prayer event interfaith would be "would be idolatry of the worst sort."
And at the link, "Right Wing Watch" frets that another of the organizers said the event
"may be interrupted by Muslims who are already demanding to share our stage to pray to Allah."
Frankly, I can't find myself getting too upset about this, and it looks like just more standard Republican-bashing over at The Wild Hunt. I mean, neither Perry nor the folks involved in The Response have made any secret of the fact that it was a Christian event from the get-go. Even the press release on the Texas state website was very clear about what it was that Perry was inviting his fellow governors to attend:
...a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting hosted by the American Family Association at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
I am neither surprised nor offended that the organizers of a strictly Christian event would find the idea of prayers to other deities distasteful, nor am I aware of any clause in either the United States or Texas constitutions that requires that governors (or any other elected officials, for that matter) can only promote interfaith prayer events. The First Amendment prohibits both the establishment of religion and the prohibition of the free exercise thereof. Presenting an invitation to a third-party event hardly rises to the level of establishment of religion, even when it's done on Statehouse stationary.

After all, there are a lot more flagrantly dangerous things going on in the country today in regards to church-state entanglements, not the least of which is the fact that 45% of Evangelical leaders around the world want the Christian Bible to be made "the official law of the land". I don't think even Rick Perry has come out in favor of THAT.

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