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Backlash against Perry's prayer rally

Houston's Reliant Stadium will host to more than 8,000 guests tomorrow at Texas Gov.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Houston's Reliant Stadium will host to more than 8,000 guests tomorrow at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mega religious rally called "The Response: A call to prater for a nation in crisis."

The controversial event, Perry's brain-child, is being described as a day of prayer and fasting. According to Perry’s website, attendees will "pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose."

While Perry plans to save America through prayer, many view the event as a dangerous political demonstration for its blurry boundaries between separation of church and state to the perceived exclusion of non-Christian groups. 

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus and other similar organizations held a protest today.  Additionally, 50 Houston based religious and community leaders distributed a signed statement, drafted by the Anti-Defamation League, expressing "deep concern" about a particular rally being "not open to all faiths". 

Speaking to Politico, Rep. Josh Byrnes, a top Iowa Republican state legislator, also questioned Perry's logic behind the day of prayer. He said, "I am a strong Catholic; however, I don’t use my religion as a side show with my legislative duties. I have had some Republicans tell me they were excited about Perry running for president until this Aug. 6 event."

The rally, which may have started as a good-natured event, has turned into an embodiment of the much-rumored Perry 2012 campaign — not yet happening, but still taking on loads of criticism.

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— By Peter Carril