Rick Perry sued over prayer event he insists is not political

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The Freedom from Religion Foundation suspects there might be something wrong about Texas Governor Rick Perry using his office to call the nation to prayer. Governor Perry is organizing a day of fasting and praying next month, called the Response, with the help of the some of the jaw-dropping folks you’ll see in the clip above. He announced the event in an official state press release.

Now Freedom from Religion has sued Governor Perry. The group writes: “FFRF seeks to stop further publication of the proclamation, to declare the use of the official state seal of Texas unconstitutional, to order the governor to withdraw permission for the AFA to use his written and videotaped promotions (“Gov. Perry’s Invitation Video”) and radio recordings at their website, to remove links from the governor’s website, as well as enjoining Perry from issuing and disseminating further Day of Prayer proclamations or designations.”

Right Wing Watch notes a report in which Governor Perry says the event is not political:

Rick Perry is a sitting governor and likely presidential candidate who is partnering with an extremely powerful Religious Right political organization in order to organize a event that features a variety of Religious Right political activists, all for the purpose of seeking God’s help in solving the nation’s “economic, political, and military” problems.

But the event is entirely non-political.

Whatever.

Bonus read: They’re figuring out what to make of Mr. Perry’s chances in Des Moines.

Bonus to the bonus: Rick Perry says it’s time to hand America’s mess over to God. 

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Rick Perry sued over prayer event he insists is not political

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