Nathan Deal says no to Texas prayer event with Rick Perry

On Monday, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas let it be known that he was helping to organize a “prayer and fasting” event in Houston and was inviting the nation’s governors to participate.

The Aug. 6 event is called The Response, “a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting” hosted by the American Family Association.

From a letter from Perry posted on the group’s website:

“Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to attend the event.

Now, let us assume that as governor, Deal is in control of his own calendar and that his decision is a choice. When you are governor, previous engagements do not exist.

Of course, there is the Aug. 15 start of a special session of the Legislature to redraw state House, Senate and congressional districts. But there may be two larger reasons that Deal doesn’t feel obliged to fly to Texas.

First, Perry announced late last month that he was giving consideration to entering the Republican race for president. Deal is already pledged to former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich.

But there is another, perhaps more influential, reason. The American Family Association – the group working with Perry on the Houston prayer meet – is engaged in a yearlong, bitter confrontation with Atlanta-based Home Depot over the company’s alleged promotion of “homosexual activism.” Something about orange aprons at Gay Pride events. Only last week, the group presented a petition with nearly 500,000 signatures to Home Depot chairman Frank Blake at a stockholder’s meeting.

Home Depot’s political action committee gives to both sides of the aisle, but leans Republican. In 2010, according to opensecrets.com, the Home Depot PAC gave $10,000 each to PACs run by U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank — the 938th richest billionaire in the United States — is a major source of campaign contributions in Georgia. Again, he gives to both sides – but more generously to Republicans. In a six-month period in 2008 and 2009, he donated $15,000 to the state party. He is likely to give again.

So, no, Governor Deal will not be praying with Rick Perry in August. Not in person, anyway.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

Jon Lester

June 7th, 2011
1:39 pm

I propose that there may be a third reason: Deal remembers his predecessor’s prayers for rain and has concluded that it’s ultimately not good politics or form. And he really does have better things to do.

deegee

June 7th, 2011
1:43 pm

This from the party of Shariaphobes?No one would deny the American Family Association their right to hold a public prayer and fasting session. But having the governor of Texas help organize the event is going too far. I suppose that the flames of those Texas wildfires are lapping up around his butt and he’s running out of options. I’ll bet Jan Brewer will be there.

Jon Lester

June 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

It’s my real name.

Matt

June 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

Jon Lester??!! Shouldn’t you be getting ready for your start tonight against the Yanks in NY?

j/k

BTW, I agree with what you said.

Jon Lester

June 7th, 2011
1:55 pm

And thanks, Matt. I think if I was concerned with the evangelical vote, I’d remember the specific verses in the Bible that talk about people making a show of religiousness.

Deb A

June 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

Define oxymoron: apolitical Christian prayer meeting hosted by the American Family Association

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Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

The present threat of sectarian factionalism is precisely why The Creed’s motto is “Novus Ordo Seclorem” – The New Secular Order. It is un-American to invoke a “deity” other than that of “Annuit Coeptis’” “divine Providence.” Only G-d is the Creator of the universe, not some Roman lie foisted off on Western Civilization. FYI Rome’s death cult is built exclusively around the fact that tens of thousands were crucified for the second conviction for sedition under codified Roman law. Sedition was defined as “To deny that Caesar is God Almighty, the Creator of the universe.” America’s Founders knew of this abomination, which is why “divine Providence,” the Creator “blesses our righteous endeavors”…no Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, or the Great Pumpkin.

findog

June 7th, 2011
2:34 pm

leave the GP out of this

DW

June 7th, 2011
2:37 pm

How about Gov. Perry’s secessionist panderings? People seem to forget about that. Kudos to Gov. Deal for not enabling Perry.

Aquagirl

June 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

Define oxymoron: apolitical Christian prayer meeting pimped by aspiring GOP candidate to other Governors. No, absolutely no politics involved there.

RetiredSoldier

June 7th, 2011
2:48 pm

AQ-

Pimped? Now , now, be nice and all 50 governors were invited.

Tom

June 7th, 2011
3:06 pm

“The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

“If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? …Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Law, June 13, 1814

Ashley

June 7th, 2011
3:16 pm

This Perry character seems to only want freedom for a certain part of the USA, anyone who opposes them they do not deserve freedom of choice. I must commend Arthur Blank and Home Depot for continuing to serve the public as a whole whether they be black , white , asian, latino, gay or straight the bottom line is green….as in money. Gov. Perry you should do what Job did and have patience. Our last Governor tried praying for rain and you see how that worked out.

rt theodore

June 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

first of all, there is not and never has been Jesus. It’s a figment of imagination.Weather is not controlled by ANYONE! PERIOD!!Organized religion is for the weak minded. Gov Perry needs to concentrate on getting people back to work. Who is paying for this prayer bash, taxpayers ?
If a person wants to ” pray ” to their ” god “, fine. not at taxpayer expense! It would seem there are a lot more important issues to address than a prayer hoedown.

Vino Greasemanelli

June 7th, 2011
3:45 pm

first of all, there is not and never has been Jesus. It’s a figment of imagination.

Hogwash.

Incorrect.

rt theodore

June 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

prove it vino

Dave

June 7th, 2011
4:56 pm

As a resident of Texas, people need to do some research about Rick Perry. This is the biggest crook that ever held the title of governor in Texas. I can’t believe that the American Family Association is paying for this. If this is your poster boy you have lost my support!

Concerned Voter

June 7th, 2011
5:55 pm

Separation of church and state does not mean a ban against personal religion. Good choice, Gov.

[...] has spurred stories around the country about whether various governors will accept his invitation. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “(Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to [...]

[...] has spurred stories around the country about whether various governors will accept his invitation. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “(Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to [...]

[...] has spurred stories around the country about whether various governors will accept his invitation. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “(Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to [...]

[...] not be the reason that Georgia Governor Nathan Dean announced through his office that he plans on skipping the prayer gathering. It seems that the American Family Association has been running a year-long boycott against the [...]

[...] Governor Nathan Deal’s office has also announced that he will not be attending the Houston prayer event. Governor Deal doesn’t have a State Fair [...]

[...] Deal doesn’t seem to be doing it for the righteous reasons, as explained by Jim Galloway from the AJC: The American Family Association – the group working with Perry on [...]

[...] has spurred stories around the country about whether various governors will accept his invitation. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “(Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to [...]

Siege

June 8th, 2011
11:50 am

“a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting”

Does this mean that Christianity is no longer a denomination?

kingsfoil

June 8th, 2011
12:43 pm

rt theodore,
prove that julius caesar existed

tom,
no one can argue that an atheist has no “virtue” as President Jefferson put it, but I can and do plausibly submit that they also can not derive that same “virtue” from a natural outworking of their atheistic/materialistic worldview.

[...] has spurred stories around the country about whether various governors will accept his invitation. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “(Georgia) Gov. Nathan Deal’s office this morning let it be known that he will not be able to [...]

Liann

June 13th, 2011
2:35 am

So the secessionist gov wants to be prez so all 50 states can secede. It’s the natural aftermath of starving the govt so that it’s so small that you can drown it in the bathtub. After all, Somalia has a tiny govt and lots of well armed citizens and everything is perfect there, so why not copy that here?

Forgiven

June 13th, 2011
10:55 am

Abba, Father, have mercy and forgive our Nation for they know not what they do; thank You for Your continued grace and mercy