Questionable Motives

August 30, 2011

What were the five stupidest statements made at Gov. Perry’s Texas prayer rally?

Filed under: Politics,Religion,Texas — tildeb @ 9:39 am

#5 “Lord, I pray that we might see a reinstating of the display of the Ten Commandments in our classrooms. I pray Lord that we will again see freedom to pray in our classrooms.” This gem was from Vonette Bright, a co-founder of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).

#4 “Tens, even hundreds, of thousands of Jewish people in the last decades have come to their Messiah. And so Lord, we pray for the revival around the world, and for Israel to come to their own Messiah.” From Pastor Don Finto of the Caleb Company.

#3 “In the humanistic culture, people are talking about love without reference to Jesus Christ.” Can’t be good without god, can we? This from Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer Missions Base of Kansas City.

#2 “There’s a crisis of truth in the pulpits today in our land. That, in the name of tolerance, even in the name of love, we are redefining love that is not on God’s terms. Jesus is god. There is no other god than Jesus. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All the world religions, they can say what they say. There is no other god besides Jesus. There is no other standard of truth. Jesus alone is the standard of truth. He defines morality. He defines marriage. He defines life. He defines righteousness. And in our allegiance to him, we say what he says. It’s time to come out in the open. It’s time to go public. Regardless what it costs us, we love you Jesus! The only god!” Yup, what’s a christian rally without insisting that Jesus was anti-choice and anti-gay? That’s Mike Bickle again. How handy is it, really, that jesus agrees with whatever Mike Bickle says?

#1 But by far the stupidest statement was by the governor himself, Rick Perry, who tells us why god is against such political prayer rallies. But Perry so immersed in his own stupidity that he doesn’t see the irony: “His agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda … He is a wise, wise god, and he is wise enough to not be affiliated with any political party. Or for that matter, He is wise enough to not be affiliated with any man-made institutions.”

(h/t Secular News Daily)


  1. There is no other god than Jesus.

    er….okay? And then in the very next sentence…

    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    And you wonder why the religious have a problem with consistency.

    Comment by The Arbourist — August 31, 2011 @ 10:02 am | Reply

    • Yes, I’ve noticed how fluently believers use substitution language to try to make the supernatural natural, try to make belief knowledge, try to make faith rational. This use of whack-a-mole substitutions creates a landscape of quicksand so that up means down, black means white, and the words of scripture shift between figurative and literal to always allow an easy escape from having to stand by a coherent meaning.

      Comment by tildeb — August 31, 2011 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  2. The Hitch adds his always welcomed commentary on Perry, politics, and prayer.

    Comment by tildeb — August 31, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  3. Please find a kind of response to what Guv’nor Perry really represents.

    How many people would Jesus execute?
    And of course bomb?

    Murder, revenge and capital punishment are not a human right. People and whole societies that commit either murder or revenge toxify, harm and potentially destroy themselves. The moral integrity and the altogether human integrity of humankind is aggressively discarded and lost in acts of muder and revenge – whether committed individually and collectively. Thus, the exercise of capital punishment violates an inherent moral law in the human depth.

    To perform, or to watch, or even to condone capital punishment is, necessarily, to perform, watch, or condone murder, blood-lust, revenge-killing, evil intention, and heart-negating purpose. Proof of this is in the fact that, virtually universally, ALL who perform, watch, or condone any kind of real physical human-to-human violence feel an unavoidable and unquenchable hurt in their hearts. (EXCEPT IT SEEMS WITH GUVNOR PERRY!!)

    Murder and revenge are inherently morally wrong and never justified. Therefore, capital punishment is morally wrong and is never justified.

    Which is to say that Perry is an unmitigated barbarian!

    Comment by John — September 9, 2011 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

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