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ADL Asks Rick Perry To Drop Prayer Rally

HOUSTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Texas religious leaders and civil liberties groups have urged Gov. Rick Perry to cut his ties to The Response, a prayer event scheduled in Houston this weekend.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement signed by more than 50 leaders in the Houston area, the Houston Chronicle reported. The signatories included Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy.

The Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, not only signed the ADL statement but plans to speak Friday at a “family, faith and freedom rally” sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

“Governor Perry has a constitutional duty to treat all Texans equally, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity,” the ADL statement said. “His official involvement with The Response, at minimum, violates the spirit of that duty.”

The Response, a seven-hour event, is to be held at Reliant Stadium Saturday. Perry invited his colleagues from the other 49 states but only Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas said he would attend, and newspapers in Kansas say he may have changed his mind.

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  • http://lives RAYMOND HARBIN

    WHAT AN ASININE POSITION FOR ANY GROUP OF BUSYBODIES TO TAKE. THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT PRAY TO THE ALMIGHTY AS GOVERNOR–BUT AS A HUMBLE CHRISTIAN MAN RESPONDING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT BY ASKING FOR GOD’S HELP.

    HE WILL NOT DICTATE PRAYER RULES TO THOSE ATTENDING.

    ANY ONE DECRYING THE GOVERNORS CALL TO PRAYER, CAN GO TO THE MEETING AND PRAY TO WHATEVER GOD HE HIS RELIGION SUPPORTS, IN WHATEVER WAY HIS PRAYER BOOKS DICTATE.

    THIS IS OBVIOUSLY SIMPLY ANOTHER HATCHET JOB ON RELIGION IN GENERAL, AND CHRISTIANITY SPECIFICALLY.

    80% OF AMERICANS PROFESS CHRISTIANITY. I HAVE NEVER KNOWN A JEWISH MAN OR WOMAN WHO WOULD STRANGLE CHRISTIAN PRAYER. BUT, YOU CAN BET THAT MOST EVERY MUSLIM WOULD COMPLAIN—THEY CAME TO THIS COUNTRY TO DESTROY CHRISTIANITY AND SUBSTITUTE THEIR ARCHAIC, INHUMANE RELIGIOUS GARBAGE AND BEHEAD EVERYONE WHO RESISTS.

    I WOULD HATE TO KNOW THAT I, A BAPTIST PASTOR, SURRENDERED HIS CHRISTIAN NAME TO POLITICAL CORRECTION– THE WEIGHT OF IMPORTANCE OF HIS CHRISTIANITY MUST VERY LIGHT, INDEED. BROTHER LAWSON, IS THIS A PASTORS EXAMPLE OF “… LOVING YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART SOUL AND MIND, AND LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR THYSELF”? OR DO YOU FEEL, IN YOUR OLDER, UPSCALE, “EMERITUS” STATUS, NO LONGER IN NEED OF PRACTICING THE WORD OF GOD?

    THE CONGRESSIONAL SESSIONS OF THE UNITED STATES IS OPENED BY PRAYER–IS THIS A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION?? IS THERE ANYTHING MORE
    IDENTIFIED AS GOVERNMENT THAN THE CONGRESS?

    ANY JUDGE ALLOWING CONGRESSIONAL PRAYER AND STOOPING TO FALLING IN LINE WITH THE PRO MARXIST ACLU, PREVENTING THE “FREE” CITIZENS AND THEIR GOVERNOR THE SAME PREROGATIVE IS GUILTY OF JUDICIAL TYRANNY.

    WHAT IN GOD’S NAME HAS HAPPENED TO THE JUDICIAL BENCHES OF THIS ONCE PROUD AND JUST NATION??

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