Perry prayer event hopes to pray away the malaise
August 5th, 2011
09:35 PM ET

Perry prayer event hopes to pray away the malaise

By Jim Acosta and Erika Dimmler, CNN

Houston, Texas (CNN) – Rick Perry seems to believe in the power of mixing prayer and politics.

The Texas governor has called on both Christians and politicians to attend his religious gathering, dubbed "The Response," in Houston this weekend.

In a video posted on "The Response" web site, Perry said he hopes worshipers at the event will help kick-start the nation's sluggish economy. In other words: pray away the malaise.

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  1. Jesus Christ

    Gov. Perry
    Thanks for the props! Really, always a treat!
    But now, if we can talk, I'm really not the one to jump start a nation's economy. Besides preparing the kingdom of heaven for the faithful departed and listening to the prayers of children, I just don't have the time or the energy.
    This is where you come in. You are the leader of the largest state in your union. You can cut taxes for the middle class, make the wealthy pay their share, start public works projects, increase educational opportunities. Running to an encompassing power to solve every problem you can solve your self, isn't this what you like to scream at people on the left about?
    If a giant asteroid is about to crash into the earth, then hey, you have my attention. The econom/ You are on your own.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Test

    wonderful us

    February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Test


      February 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  3. Test

    wonderf.ul us

    February 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Test


      February 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  4. Faith

    Americans try to learn history from movies and novels instead of textbooks. The reason they stay ignorant forever.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  5. Faith

    Why do Americans worship Rev. King but not God? Something is entirely wrong. Americans don't read what Rev. King wrote. That's why. Too many movies and no books. Even if Americans read, those are junk novels usually; so it doesn't count.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  6. sam

    ...and you hated Martin Luther King Jr. didn't you? Come on, tell the truth!

    August 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  7. Faith

    Mr. Perry sounds like one of the last hope left in USA. God bless him!

    August 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  8. David Johnson

    "Houston, Texas (CNN) – Rick Perry seems to believe in the power of mixing prayer and politics."


    Jesus speaking:

    "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." –Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

    "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." –Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

    "Ask and it will be given to you.... For everyone who asks receives." –Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

    "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." –Matthew 18:19 (NIV)

    James 5:15 – And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

    Let's be honest. Don't be afraid to use critical thinking. Jesus said the above, about prayer. Is it true? Can you post back to me and claim what Jesus said is true?

    Why has there never been a doc_umented case of an amputated limb being restored? Do you think an amputee never prayed or had faith?

    Double blind experiments, have all shown that prayer has no effect on illness.

    Because people have believed the promises of the bible, they have withheld medical care for their children. They prayed instead. Evidently, god was not moved by their faith. Their children died. Modern medicine could have saved them. OOoopsie!

    Why aren't Jesus' words true? Can you think of any possibilities? If Jesus' words aren't true about prayer, then how can we depend on anything else Jesus said? Maybe if we could "test" the afterlife claims, they would be no more real than the claims about prayer.

    A fundie once told me, that god always answers prayers in one of three ways:
    1) God says, "yes". You get what you asked for immediately.
    2) God says, "to wait". You will get what you asked for at some future date.
    3) God says, "no". You will not get what you asked for.

    Hmmm.... But I can get the same success from the carton of milk I have sitting on the breakfast table.

    1) If I pray to my magic carton, some things will come true immediately, just by chance and coincidence.
    2) Some things will come true at some future date, for the same reasons.
    3) If I don't get what I want, then my magic carton said, "no".

    I think there is a problem, when there is no difference between praying to a god and praying to a milk carton.

    Having a prayer answered, appears to require only 3 things: belief, faith and to be totally sure, you need others to pray with you.


    Remember the Gulf oil spill?
    Remember how a ton of people prayed for god to stop the gushing?
    I was spellbound! I watched the real time video of the oil spill. I expected to see it stop. It did not. Human technology eventually capped the well.

    Remember when Rick Perry rallied his state to pray for rain? He issued a proclamation that for 72 hours, the citizens of Texas would all pray for rain. I thought, surely god would hear their prayers and open the windows of Heaven!
    The "days of prayer" ended Sunday, April 24, 2011. Texas is still experiencing exceptional drought.

    Studies have shown prayer does not work. Any miracles or answered prayers are the result of random chance, coincidence and selective observation. Believers tend to remember the perceived positive outcome of prayers and forget the failed.

    Christians MUST contest this. They must rent their clothes and Shout: "Do not put the lord your god to the test!" LOL!

    God, either does not care or does not exist. Personally, I'm checking the second box. LOL.


    August 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  9. Kebos

    Perry should shelve the prayers and instead apply sound fiscal principles and leadership to help bring the USA back on track. Perry, stop the BS and act more responsibly!

    August 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Reality

    Dear Governor Perry,

    Obviously you need some updating:

    To wit:

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals (like "Gov" Perry) and atonement theology,

    August 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

      What the Frackin He'll gives U the ric=ghts to austricize away the Gods' and Goddesses' King Christ Jesus our Living Redeemer who,(Yes even you Reality) bought each and every Life of manhood and womanhood and childhood past present and future? The Price He paid was unpardonable by GOD, The Creator and the Celestial Creation made manifest within Outer Spaces we know but so very little about! You are such an Atheistic subliminal eggheads in your brainyard of the Nth degree of sarcasms' summination and should be held accountable for your Posts of subverisisms!

      August 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • frank


      August 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Reality you forgot to mention his mother being a tr amp having a baby out of wedlock. This makes him a ba st ard I believe.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I love the smell of incoherent evangelical vitriol in the morning.

      August 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Reality


      Might want to check the definition of "mamzer".

      August 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  11. malasangre

    Perry is going to South Carolina next. I heard the republican operatives in SC have started a rumor Obama has two black daughters.

    August 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Faith

      Immoral Democrats don't remember Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a black man.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • sam

      The Reverend Jim Jones was a white man, so was Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, etc etc

      What's your point?

      August 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Faith

      Summary: The whites oppressed the colored but we respected the whites and retained their good religion(Christianity) because it is true, beautiful and life-giving. The whites that I despise are those self-worshippers with no moral standard who bash Christianity. The non-christian whites have no worth.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • Faith

      Non-christian whites are much like secular Jews. They are purposeless, uglily self-smart, spew valueless garbages and corrupt the world.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Faith

      The white Christian missionaries are different species. They are true history-changers for eternal good.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:37 am |
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