September 26, 2012

Texas Governor Says Church-State Separation is Work of Satan

Rick PerryYou remember Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right? It was not that long ago that he was running for the U.S. presidency after some sort of god told him to. He was the one who used his position as governor to organize a massive Christian extremist prayer rally and then accused anyone who objected on the grounds of church-state separation of being intolerant. Yes Rick, we were indeed intolerant of you openly mocking our Constitution. Perry was one of the most prominent figures to accuse President Obama of waging a war on Christianity. Perry attracted as much attention from those of us in the reality-based community as any other candidate. Voters eventually rejected him, largely because he revealed himself to be something of a moron during the Republican primary debates.

We should have known that Gov. Perry would not be content to sink back into relative obscurity. He's still a Christian extremist, convinced that his path is righteous. And as Texas governor, he still has the ability to command attention. He's now using his platform to call separation of church and state the work of Satan.

According to Gov. Perry:
Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven – is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena.
In the world Gov. Perry inhabits, the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation, all historical evidence to the contrary be damned. And now, evil secularists are seeking nothing less than the complete elimination of faith from the public square. The horror! Perry wants his "Christian warriors" to rise up and fight against the "growing tide of secularism and atheism." You can read and listen to Perry's entire rant at Right Wing Watch, if you are so inclined.

In responding to Perry's comments, Simon Brown, Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said:
Americans United, for one, does not seek, and has never sought, to restrict religious beliefs and practice in the United States. All we want is for religion to be kept out of the government (and government to be kept out of religion) because that’s what the U.S. Constitution requires.
As Perry exemplifies, the opponents of church-state separation cannot address the actual issues because they are clearly in the wrong. Instead, they resort to revisionist history and straw men, attacking goals we in the secular community do not have. Brown adds, "Asking people to respect the Constitution’s mandates hardly seems like the work of the Devil. It seems like the work of good citizens."