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Opinion: Republicans race to prove Christian cred
Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads a prayer event August 6 in Houston. Thousands prayed for God to save "a nation in crisis."
August 10th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Opinion: Republicans race to prove Christian cred

Editor's note: Michael Wolraich is a founder of the political blog dagblog.com and the author of "Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual."

By Michael Wolraich, Special to CNN

(CNN) - When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called for a day of prayer and fasting in Houston, world-famous televangelist John Hagee answered enthusiastically.

"We pray for our governor, Rick Perry," he gruffly proclaimed, "who has had the courage today to call this time of fasting and prayer just as Abraham Lincoln did in the darkest days of the Civil War."

When Perry officially launches his presidential campaign this weekend, he will not be the only Republican candidate to carry the banner of Christian piety. The presidential pre-primary season has not featured so many brave Christian Abraham Lincolns since the days of Abraham Lincoln himself.

Read the full commentary by Michael Wolraich
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • Opinion • Politics • Rick Perry • Tim Pawlenty

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Colin

    I see the drought has not broken and the economy is still precarious. Seems his Bronze Age sky-god wasn't listening. What will he do next, a rain dance?

    August 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • Stevie7

      I'm sure he'll try to convince the masses that this is all gods work. That god wants to send us some signs that we're messing up. Oh, and that god hates Somalia.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Martin T

      Isn't it funny that no matter what happens, good or bad, it's always God's plan for the world. I find it humorous that these fundies seem to KNOW what god's plan is. I wonder why they have some special direct line to the sky god and no one else does. I would recommend that god make plans to go on CNN or even FOX

      August 11, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Laughing

      @Martin

      That's the beauty of it, when something good happens, god is good, he listened to our prayers, answered and it was because we were good little boys and girls. If sh.it goes wrong, it's all our fault, god can't be blamed for our shortcomings and we deserve everything we get. It's the greatest set-up in the world. God gets all the praise and zero blame......now if only I can get the same system set up in my office for me

      August 11, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Faith

      Laughing = a typical evil secular Jew. Life is never the simple like your way of thinking. Read the Book of Job and the Book of Isaiah and shut up.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Laughing

      Yup, that's me, the evil hook-nosed jew, I do love me some money and bathing in christian baby blood (that's what we do right?). Sorry faith, I don't think I have time to read your books, too busy sharpening my horns and all that. But thanks for the advice!

      August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Martin T

      Laughing @ Laughing – That was a GOOD one...

      August 11, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  2. John Connor the real J.C.

    "These are the end times". In the bible it says in the end times the government will worship Satan but will use Christ's name. They all want a Illuminati New World Order. No matter what party they call themselves they are working to bankrupt the U.S. so they can get the citizens desperate enough to allowing unification of all worlds' government and military complex's. Welcome to a new era.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:22 am |
    • John Richardson

      Anti-Republican "end time" wackiness is just as wacky as pro-Republican "end time" wackiness. The overwhelming odds are that we aren't anywhere near anything worth calling the "end times" and in the slight chance we are, it is by coincidence (eg an asteroid strike) or mega-stupidity (eg a nuclear war), not by divine plan.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  3. Faith

    If Dr. Hagee supports him, Gov. Perry must be a really good man. Americans, stop being vain and listen to the Bible scholars. God bless and empower American Christians, the nation's only lifeline.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • John Richardson

      No, he's a creppy idiot and this Hage fellow is either an idiot or a creep or both for supporting him.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Martin T

      You can't be serious, tell me you are being sarcastic. Nearly ALL of the "pastors" who supported Perry's Day of Prayer are fringe Christians with some incredible claims about the world today. Sky Goddesses, Hitler's Gay Soldiers, Oprah as the antichrist, and that's just the start.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Faith

      Martin, America belongs to Christians. Go immigrate to your own utopia North Korea, the last stronghold of atheists on earth. Atheists could not eradicate religions and most atheistic nations bounced back to the religious traditions in 90's.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Martin T

      You know Faith, you are so far afield that you are actually becoming a pain the A$$ on here. Haven't you heard, there is a movement in America, a movement away from religion. You need to read something other than these blogs and your bible. More Americans today are claiming to be atheist or agnostic than at ANY other time in history. Wake up and realize that religion is dying, and rightfully so.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Frogist

      @Faith: Hagee blamed Hurricane Katrina on gay people and the Holocaust on the Jews for being disobedient and rebellious. Oh and he's as anti-Catholic as they come. He's yet another desp icable evangelical bigot.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  4. tallulah13

    I think most voters are interested in jobs and a stable economy. This sideshow promotes neither.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Exactly. Smoke and mirrors.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  5. Taknihim

    The only way you could get me to follow Christianity would be if you paid me, and even then I'd be faking it.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  6. Reality

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile.

    The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe it should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)

    August 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  7. Bo

    I need to be more convinced about Perrs religious convictions. A Christian as a president is not bad, but he has to be better than G Bush.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  8. 7 of Diamonds

    Ron Paul.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  9. shimaza

    I agree with gov.perry still realizes that there's a higher power than he is. I am ashamed if there are socalled christians who were angry at gov. Perry glorifying the lord. May America is led by righteous leaders. Amen.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  10. JennyTX

    A few months ago, Gov. Perry proclaimed an official day of prayer for rain in Texas. Our drought is now a lot worse. I want to know why Perry is palling around with a Christian hate group, the co-sponsors of the prayer meeting in Houston.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  11. daisy prays

    Daisy prays that one day atheists brethren will find hope and faith in God.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Spiffy

      I'll pray for the opposite. Lets see who wins.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • jimtanker

      Pray in one hand and $hlt in the other and see whic fills up first.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • herbert juarez

      there is no spiffy
      slam dunk, easy money bet there
      spiffy does not exist

      August 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Duh

      There must be a spiffy since you keep replying the same nonsense over and over again. BORING.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  12. what we do

    We enlighten the world all day long with our meaningless comments!
    Thats who we are!
    We are proud to be called Atheists!
    hip hip hurray!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Commenter

      @what we do:

      Nevermind then. Continue with the fingers-in-ears, "la la la la la", regarding reality and enjoy your fantasy... just please Do No Harm to anyone or anything with it.

      August 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • BG

      @ Commenter

      " Do No Harm"

      Define?

      August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Do no harm: Don't use your faith to discriminate against others, through action, speech or legislation. Don't use your faith to promote ignorance in schools, because you only harm children by teaching them falsehoods. Don't use your religion to create hate against individuals who don't believe, or act as you do. Pretty basic stuff. Don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to yourself.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  13. J.W

    I pray that Rick Perry will not become president. I am sure that prayer will be answered.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  14. DamianKnight

    Sounds like religious grandstanding to get votes. Nothing new there.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Atheist

      I agree it's nothing new, but it has to change. The line between church and state is way too blurred already. It needs to stop.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      As long as politics remains a popularity contest, it's gonna stay that way. You choose a side to appeal to: Democrat or Republican (because, let's face it, there's very little chance any of the other parties will get into office) and then you just be charismatic and say ALL of the right things to the right people. Viola. You're in office. Then you have four years to screw everything up, and if you're lucky, you get eight years and then leave the mess to someone else equally as incompetant to try and fix it.

      Pretty soon we'll have people elected based on how many Twitter followers they have.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Atheist

      I'm not saying I don't agree with you. I know that's the way it works. I just don't like it

      August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  15. David Johnson

    It use to be a detriment to be insane. Now the candidates are out to prove who is the bigger loon.

    Cheers!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • BG

      @ David

      God forbid that whoever does get in proves themselves to be the biggest liar....

      August 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  16. Bo

    There is nothing here about sepration church and state, but this is unconscieneable!!! And tis comes from a Chistian. Peace2All the other day whanted to know how some Christians were trying to get into government–well this is one way, and I don't like it one bit!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Unless you are from Texas..not much you can do about it. They get what they vote in.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  17. Bo

    This has nothing to do with sepration of church and state, bot it is unconscienceable!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  18. Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

    This is a good thing. We will be able to tell who the Christian Taliban are. So please zealots claim your politics in the name of your zombie christ.
    .
    Dont forget when the Christian Taliban are in charge...
    .
    First they came for the liberals,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a liberal.
    .
    Then they came for the pagans,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a pagan.
    .
    Then they came for the Atheists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Atheist.
    .
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  19. Atheist

    What about the separation of church and State don't these people understand?

    No more religious fanatics in the White House!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Lycidas

      And who will decide who is a fanatic. Oh that's right...the voters.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Lycidas

      And who will decide who is a fanatic. Oh that's right...the voters.

      -------------
      Or a rebellion

      August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Yeah but rebellions tend to get rid of the fanatics of all types....liberal, conservative, religious, scientific....all are at risk in rebellion.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Atheist

      Yes, the voters will decide, but there are more chirstians in the US than any other religious group. They will (usually) vote for the candidate that they most recognize with which is going to be the one who is the fanatic who wants everyone to be good christians. Which is not good for the rest of us, not just atheists.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Yup. Sounds like democracy to me. Everyone votes and the person with the most votes wins.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Faithfull

      Well, so far, seperating Church and State is not working. Maybe good old Christian values are needed. not to force religion down to anyone but to instill basic moral values, this is severely lacking in the USA, a fact is a fact. Look where USA is today.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • Faith

      @Faithful: I agree. America needs a godly unified value where Christianity is respected and not mocked. All other religions are treated well. Atheists and secularists mock Christianity, weaken the nation by immorality, and distrupt the peace.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Frogist

      @Faithfull: You want to define those basic moral values and how they are to be instilled through the gov't? Because that sounds a little fascist-y.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  20. --

    Shocked! I tell you. Shocked!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
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