God Hates Perry?
Westboro Baptist Church to picket Perry's prayer event
First it looked like Gov. Rick Perry wanted to become President Perry. Now it seems he is becoming Pastor Perry. On June 5, the governor announced that he's making Aug. 6 "a day of prayer and fasting for our nation's challenges," and he has booked Houston's Reliant Stadium for an event he has dubbed the Response. While Perry's staff claimed that this is a "non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer service," the key organizers include his former speechwriter Eric Bearse, former Republican Party of Texas Executive Director Wayne Hamilton, and several groups specializing in mobilizing fundamentalist religious voters for Republican candidates. Still, even with noted anti-gay marriage campaigners like the American Family Association and the Skyline Wesleyan Church on board, the event is not fundamentalist enough for one group of evangelical homophobes. Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps, tweeted that the extremist group will take a break from its normal schedule of disrupting military funerals, synagogues, and gay rights parades to "picket [the] phony 'prayer' political rally."
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