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Rick Perry Says Prayer, Not Gun Control, Will Keep American Children Safe From Violence

6:12 pm - 01/17/2013

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) has revealed his own plan for combating America's violence problem -- and it differs from President Barack Obama's on a key point. Specifically, the former presidential candidate said that instead of enacting tougher gun control legislation, Americans should simply pray for protections.

Obama unveiled new gun legislation Wednesday, recommending a host of Congressional measures supplemented by 23 executive actions to be carried out immediately.

The announcement, which may be the most sweeping effort to tighten laws in a generation, marked the culmination of a month-long review process led by Vice President Joe Biden.

In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S., but said enacting tougher gun laws was not the right way to solve it, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Perry said that there was "evil prowling" in the world that has appeared in television and movies, and then found its way into vulnerable minds.

As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

Perry also assailed the liberal media and politicians for attempting to use the Sandy Hook shooting for a political end "that would not have saved those children," according to the Chronicle.

This is not the first time the outspoken governor has launched rhetorical assaults on "secularism." In September, Perry unloaded a blistering attack against those who believe strongly in a separation of church and state.

"Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the untruths out there that is driven -- is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena," Perry said on a conference call with Rick Scarborough.

Perry's appreciation for prayer is also well-documented. He endorsed and helped organize a "Christian-only" prayer event in August at Houston's Reliant Stadium that drew the ire of the Freedom from Religion Foundation organization.

This idea that prayer is the ultimate protection, even against guns, has been circulated among the conservative Christian community in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

Bryan Fischer, an executive with the American Family Association, said God did not protect the victims of one of the deadliest school shootings in American history because children and teachers were not allowed to pray for protection in the classroom.

jslayeruk 17th-Jan-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
A man was sitting on his balcony when he heard a radio broadcast telling of a high risk of flash flooding in his town, and the council was preparing buses to get people out of town to safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The rains came, and the waters began to rise. Emergency fire crews came down the street in a boat, checking the houses for people who hadn't made it to the buses. They told the man to get into the boat for safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The waters continued to rise, and soon the man was spotted on his balcony by a passing rescue helicopter. The rescue team threw down a rope ladder and told the man to come aboard so they could take him away to safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The waters still rose, and the man drowned.

Reaching the afterlife, he met with God and asked him, "why did I die Lord? I have been a righteous man and have always put my faith in you. Why didn't you save me?"

God replied to him, "I sent you a radio broadcast, a boat and a helicopter."

MORAL: Believing in prayer shouldn't stop you from doing what you can, jackass.
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, my conservative fundamentalist pastor dad used this story as an example in one of his sermons. He would also quote some church leader: "Work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God."

(Btw, I'm an atheist now.)
glass_houses 17th-Jan-2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
YEP. Perfect joke, speaks so much truth.
kaelstra 17th-Jan-2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
shishmish 17th-Jan-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
MORAL: Believing in prayer shouldn't stop you from doing what you can, jackass.

Exactly this - I can understand prayer can help those who believe to feel supported during a time of need, but as a God wouldn't you be pissed off if your creations just kept on asking you to clean up their mess? I know I sure would.

zinnia_rose 18th-Jan-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
skellington1 18th-Jan-2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Ah, there's the story I alluded to above. I figured it'd show up in it's entirety sometime. :)
celtic_thistle 18th-Jan-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
YES, my ridiculously regressive old Catholic church even mentioned this story a few times in homilies.
angelofdeath275 18th-Jan-2013 03:50 am (UTC)
basically what I said
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