Excuses, Excuses: Governors Bailing on Perry’s Prayer Rally
Not one governor has had the guts to say anything about the impropriety of a sitting governor hosting a sectarian prayer event where conversion to Christianity is prayed for, or that posits that America’s problems (as defined by them) can be fixed by 70,000 people getting on their knees in a sports stadium, courtesy of an organization that has boycotted the company that makes American Girl dolls because it supports “a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group,” or Hallmark after it started producing same-sex marriage greeting cards, and which employs a radio host who compares gay people to Nazis and advocates for the deportation of Muslims. Indeed several Democratic governors have offered the excuse that they have hosted or are planning their own days of prayer (Minnesota’s Mark Dayton, New Hampshire’s John Lynch, and Washington’s Christin Gregoire), because official praying events now appear to be a prerequisite for high office.
Still, though, Perry’s very short gubernatorial guest list is a sign of his event’s, uh, shall we say politely, problematic nature. It’s just too bad that no governor seems willing to come right out and say that.