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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Filed under: Christianity • Politics • Prayer • Rick Perry • Texas

soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. bshereec

    Dumb A#*

    August 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  2. bshereec

    Perry is a dumb that definitely needs to stay in Texas

    August 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  3. hank

    What he should have done, is asked God what is "His" will for us, not what we want his will to do. Be careful of what you ask God to do, His will might align with the Talibans.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • gozer

      he asked, but like everyone else who does, got only silence.

      August 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  4. hope

    For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

    Mathew 18

    August 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • gozer

      god jumping in on a th-rees-ome?

      August 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • satan

      hey gozer looks like u r a fun guy, did i hear ya say 3some, that would be you me and lucy fur tonight...see ya...

      August 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dennis Mynatt

    "Whenever you pray, DO NOT be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in SECRET. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:5-6).

    August 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • gozer

      Definitely keep your prayers to yourself. Even better, stop your useless pleading to your fictional sky daddy altogether, and start working to fix our broken economy instead of whining to a god that has never done a thing for anyone.

      August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • context

      since you have quoted a verse, can you also explain the context in which Jesus talked about this kind of prayer?

      August 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  6. wangfeihong

    A modern Auto de fae. Did they burn anyone at the end?

    August 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  7. Thomas Mc

    Rick Perry, the Taliban candidate.

    August 7, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  8. Jim

    i want a medium-sized government that provides universal healthcare, appropriate public assistance, a strong national defense (never offense), is fiscally responsible, encourages capitalism and global free trade (with adequate oversight), develops a fair and simple tax code (raising taxes when necessary – like now), and prioritizes education.

    pro-choice, pro-gun, anti-religion

    basically, everybody hates me 🙂

    August 7, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • Mike Smith

      I luv ya man, and agree with you.

      August 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Estevan

      Agree with you.

      Pro choice. Pro gun. Pro separation of church and state....and schools

      August 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  9. Reality

    Some observations in the 21st century:-----–

    After a careful and thorough review, it is apparent that we have been fed significant mumbo-jumbo with respect to the life of Jesus.

    Brothers and Sisters stop and read about the real Jesus. Develop the new view!!! Jesus was a simple, illiterate, 1st century, preacher/magic man. The Beat-itudes are pure Jesus. His giving to Caesar what was Caesars is pure Jesus. The rest was embellishment upon embellishment of the life of said simple preacher man!!! The "miracles" were added to compete with the local "voodooers of the hoodoo". The resurrection was added to compete with Roman and Greek gods and the "pretty wingie thingies" and "demons of the demented added to continue the fear and superst-itions of the ancients!!!!!"

    August 7, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  10. S.T.

    I guess if president Obama fixes our national problems with hard work all the republican voting evangelicals will give credit to Perry and the 8,000 that show up out of the 70,000 available seats for talking to themselves. This Christapoloza prayer event will work as many miracles as Perry's pray away the Texas drought event, which would be 1 day of rain which didn't make a bit of difference.

    August 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  11. Hesalive

    Jesus is lord. His tomb was empty and one day he'll reign over a new heaven and new earth. Reject him now, be rejected then. Things don't have to go that way for you, though. He calls you, everyday, to believe in and follow him. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is lord. Do so now, in this life, before it's too late.

    August 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Peace2All

      Yes, yes... we know already ! "Believe or burn" you terrible sinners, before it's too late.

      Yeah, we got it already, -Hesalive.

      Yikes !


      August 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • There's a lot of duh in your dumb, Hesalive

      David Koresh is lord. His tomb was empty and one day he'll reign over a new heaven and new earth. Reject him now, be rejected then. Things don't have to go that way for you, though. He calls you, everyday, to believe in and follow him. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that David Koresh is lord. Do so now, in this life, before it's too late.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • LinCA


      If your god exists, I'll burn. But in that case, I'll gladly take an eternity in hell over a day in heaven, if it has to be in the presence of that monster and his followers. Any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

      August 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Free

      I think many Christians actually believe that the purpose, and only occupation, in heaven is to worship God. This makes God sound like He is gathering humans together to use as a power source, like the machines in the Matrix movies.

      August 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  12. gupsphoo

    Let's try praying away morons like Rick Perry.

    August 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  13. Pete Z.

    Look at the blubber on a lot of the people there, maybe they should try praying away the mayonnaise.

    August 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Normon

      Ok, what's weight got to do with anything?

      August 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  14. fcccanyondoc

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZeAbuRPYD8&hl=en&fs=1%5D

    August 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Jeebus Wubs Woo ! ! !

      You think that an astoundingly dull video of two prattling Jesus Dweebs was worth showing? I got through 12 seconds and wondered why I needed the previous 11 to decide it was crap.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Here is something that is actually interesting


      August 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • And The Rockets Red Glare !

      Hilarious picture! Best thing I have ever seen on the Belief Blog . . . which isn't saying much, actually.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  15. fcccanyondoc

    See this link/video calling for acts of service to humanity in response to Governor Perry's prayer rally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZeAbuRPYD8

    August 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  16. Laura

    Governor Perry is a) why I dislike most Republican politicians and b) why I refuse to actually live in Texas.

    Also, it's called separation of church and state. Our country was built upon that premise. You want to hold a prayer meeting as a political figure? Move somewhere else.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

      @ Laura,

      If I understand you Laura, then should we not take out of the USA History Books all of the Politicians who were Theists? (Would make for a very thin Book) 🙂

      August 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • John

      No, you obviously misunderstood her. She didn't say that politicians couldn't be theists. She said that politics shouldn't be involved with theism. Anyone older than 10 should be able to recognize the difference.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Laura

      Yea, you really don't understand me. I said nothing about having a non-religious politician. My issue is when politicians call for a religious event, especially a PRAYER meeting. Call for one at your church where you're a member? Sure. But using your political influence and media time to call for a major religious event that's clearly aimed at one religion? I'm not OK with that. That is where the line is crossed for me. It's when the religion aspect becomes a public part of your life, not a private part.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  17. The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

    to Evolved DNA,
    You wrote, "The world makes sense to me precisely because of the crazy beliefs of others, and I do not see it improving until we get away, as a species, from the delusion we are special."

    As GOD is no respecter of persons E-DNA, I seem somewhat amused with your candor. 🙂 🙁 🙂

    August 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  18. Isolate

    It's interesting to compare Perry's publicity stunt with the author of the words he presumably believes in:

    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." ~ Matthew 6:5-8

    So is it Perry the hypocrite, or Perry the Pagan? Vote early and vote often. 🙂

    August 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  19. Rebellika

    Why don't you pray for some rain you dimwit!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Isolate

      He tried that. The drought only got worse and the temperatures kept going up. Now, consider this: who in the Christian tradition rules over the hot places? Hmmmmm....

      August 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  20. questioning mind


    August 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Estevan

      Such crap.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • now

      now estevan that shouldn't come out of your mouth...

      August 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Estevan

      Way worse could come out of my mouth.

      Easiest way to describe this video....crap.

      Religious propaganda and lies with no basis in reality.

      Should read something like this:

      Helping the thinker become a blathering idiot.

      Helping the believer stay gullible.

      August 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
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