Lawsuit filed to halt Gov. Perry's association with sectarian prayer rally

On Wednesday, July 13, the Freedom  From Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wisconsin-based church/state watchdog  group filed a lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas to block Gov. Rick  Perry's continued association with "The Response" prayer rally scheduled to take  place August 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. The suit, brought on behalf of the  FFRF's 700 Texas members, alleges that Perry's actions as governor give “official recognition” to a devotional event, endorse religion, have no secular  rationale, and seek to encourage citizens to pray and nonChristians to convert  to Christianity.

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Tags: FFRF, Rick Perry, Texas

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Perry, Perry, quite contrary,
How does your prayer-fest go?
"With silver bells and visions of Hell,
And hate-groups all in a row."

Very good, that would make a great sign for protesters of the rally.

 

Suggest it to them. From what I heard, all their signs will be pre-made and fairly bland.

hope you dont mind.

I just sent

Perry, Perry, quite contrary,
How does your prayer-fest go?
"With silver bells and visions of Hell,
And hate-groups all in a row."

to the texas govs contact page.

hope he gets it.

I hope he appreciates my care to stay within the meter of the original :)

its a state sposored prayer rally and should be stoped in acordence with constitutional law.

bottom line this guy is in violation of the law and should be arrested.

and no one seems to have the balls to do it!

It is my understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, that this is not state sponsered.
I think you're right. It's not actually state-sponsored, it's being sponsored by some religious "family first" type group. But the fact that the governor of my state is endorsing it just greatly offends me, and I've been wondering how it could possibly be allowed or be constitutional for him to even endorse it. I guess supporters say that he's allowed to do so as a private individual, but that's a load of BS. He's publicly endorsing it, inviting other politicians to join, etc. So I can't see that he can get by on some stupid technicality. And I can't believe that it takes a group from outside of Texas to actually call him on it! I keep waiting for someone within Texas to file a lawsuit or something, and nothing was happening! Perry just disgusts me in so many ways. He's a slimeball.
They've got a mass of people within Texas, on behalf of whom the lawsuit is being filed.
It's not that people in Texas were/are sitting on our hands Julie.  FFRF is representing their Texas members in this action, many of whom no doubt contacted FFRF for assistance.  There are local groups in Texas who support church/state separation issues, but none with the power and legal resources of the FFRF. This is what they do and members in all states support the legal fund.
Not sponsored, perhaps, but endorsed.  That's still unconstitutional.

thanx for clarifying the point.

& ya

especially with an official "state proclamation"

definitely unconstitutional.

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