Does Rick Perry Have Cold Feet About His Prayer Rally To Save America?

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There are just three days to go before Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s all-day prayer rally, but Perry is still not sure how he will be involved in the event he envisioned.”I may be ushering, for all I know,” he joked last week.

The governor definitely plans to attend The Response, a seven-hour “Christian prayer gathering” at Houston’s Reliant Stadium this Saturday. Beyond that, however, Perry’s role is still unclear.

“The governor will be participating,” said Eric Bearse, the official spokesman for The Response. “But I’m still waiting to hear if he’ll have a specific role.”

For those expecting a hell-and-damnation sermon from the potential presidential candidate, The Response will likely be anti-climactic. organisers insist that the event will not be political, and won’t include any sermons or “pray-preaching.”

“There will be folks who think it’s something else, that there are other motivations. But it’s not about me,” Perry said this week. “It’s about Him.”

National observers speculate that Perry may be getting cold feet about The Response in the face of vociferous opposition criticising the governor for excluding non-Christians, blurring the line between church and state, and associating with an extreme fringe of the evangelical movement.

Perry’s low-key involvement in The Response does not diminish the religious or political significance of his prayer rally. A visit to The Response homepage leaves no doubt that Perry is the leader of the event. His low-key involvement in the rally does not diminish its religious or political significance.

As we have written, The Response has galvanised the evangelical base and activated grassroots Christian networks that are already lauding Perry as a “godly leader.”

On his radio program Monday, Bryan Fischer, public policy director for the American Family Association and one of the most controversial supporters of The Response, praised Perry and thanked him for “showing the way” to “sound spiritual policy in the United States” and a “wholehearted, unapologetic embrace of Christianity.” Tom Schlueter, coordinator of the Texas Apostolic Prayer Network, wrote last month that Perry is “key player in the shift that much take place” in American politics.

It’s clear that, simply by hosting the event, Perry has positioned himself as the political leader of Christian evangelicals. He doesn’t need to give a speech to prove it.

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