Group to sue Rick Perry for "prayer day"

It continually baffles me what is considered “okay” for governments to do and what is not.

A spokesman for the event, Eric Bearse, dismissed the foundation’s claims. “This kind of legal harassment is no surprise, but we will vigorously defend the right of Americans to assemble and pray and we will win,” he said.

Let me put this next part in bold: there are no atheists who want to take away Americans’ right to pray, assemble, or do whatever they want religiously. The problem is when governments start using government time and resources to push religion.

How is this so hard to understand? If some Christian group wants to have a prayer day and Obama or Rick Perry show up, fine. It’s a private enterprise, they can do whatever the fuck they want. They’re people. But if elected officials are arranging Christian-only events on the taxpayer’s dime, there’s a big problem.

Imagine what would happen if a Muslim governor or mayor arranged a day of prayer to Allah.

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2 responses to “Group to sue Rick Perry for "prayer day"

  1. You know,  you’d have a leg to stand on if the event was actually sponsored by the state. But this is a private event that the governor, a citizen himself, has endorsed.
     
    Furthermore, if the governor’s official website can discuss personal aspects of his life, like his wife and family, then it can also discuss his personal involvement in religious activities. There are limits on what the state can do, with regard to religion (and your expectations are way out of line with the contextual origin of those limits — the Church of England).  But there is no limit to what the governor of a state can do as a citizen, and no reason he should have to conceal or restrict what he does as a private citizen from what he reports through official channels.
     
    Your disdain for religion is noted, though.

    • I can somewhat agree there, but the problem becomes that, as an official, the line between what he organizes as a person and as a politician is hazy. Think of it like the inability for church officials to get involved in politics, and the fuzzy line that some of them dance along when claiming to be endorsing candidates as a “citizen” but not as a “minister”.

      This is on the wrong side of things.

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