Texas Governor Rick Perry: Theocratic Maniac

Our opinion of Texas Governor Rick Perry has never been a secret (see Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?) which we wrote over two years ago, and more recently Texas Governor Rick Perry: Hard-Core Creationist.

Time has not been kind to Perry. His condition has progressed into full-blown dementia. In the Dallas Morning News we read Perry: Church and state separation is the devil’s work. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Rick Perry, speaking on a conference call with Christian conservatives Tuesday, called the separation between church and state a false premise that is advanced by the devil.

It doesn’t get any crazier than that. But there’s more:

He also said that the Obama Administration and court system are working to remove religous [sic] references from the American way of life and that is it up to “Christian warriors, Christian soldiers,” to prevent it from happening.

It must be comforting to the people of Texas to hear their governor talking like that. Let’s read on:

Perry was participating in conservative pastor Rick Scarborough’s “40 Days to Save America,” which calls for prayer and fasting that seeks God’s intervention for the nation and leading up to the November election.

We have no problem if those “warriors” and “soldiers” confine themselves to prayer and fasting. We continue:

“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.

Yeah, we saw that ol’ devil streaking by our window a couple of hours ago. Or maybe it was a jogger. Coulda been the devil in disguise. Here’s more:

“The American family is under seige, traditional values are somehow exclusionary, a simple prayer in our public schools is the basis for these secular attacks,” Perry said, calling it “spiritual warfare.”

Ooooooh! Spiritual warfare — we’ve written about that before (see AIG: Satan in the College Classroom). Here’s end end of the article:

“It falls on us, we truly are Christian warriors, Christian soldiers, and for us as Americans to stand our ground and to firmly send a message to Washington that our nation is about more than just some secular laws,” Perry said.

Secular laws — like the Constitution. What can we say? The man is crazed; that’s all there is to it. And don’t forget — he’s a creationist too.

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26 responses to “Texas Governor Rick Perry: Theocratic Maniac

  1. SNL needs to bring back the Church Lady, only this time make the character a politician. Or heck, a different politican every time the skit is aired. It would fit right in with today’s politics.

  2. Nothing surprises me any more. No public idiocy can shock me.

  3. Curmudgeon: “And don’t forget — he’s a creationist too.”

    Some creationists fly planes in to buildings, while other (self-described) creationists are called “Darwinists” by the anti-evolution scam artists that they expose and refute. Perry is neither. But he is the “kind” of creationist that is one of the scam artists that I referred to. Why else would he play dumb about a simple question about the age of the earth? If he really was unsure of the age, all he’d have to do is say “ask a scientist,” and there’s a ~99.99% chance you’d get the correct answer (~4.5 BY). If he seriously thought it was much younger (or older) he’d be glad to say the age, and why he thinks it is so.

    Therefore I’m not convinced that personally believes all that Satan stuff either. But I am convinced that he’s so paranoid that he believes that the “masses” must believe it (and whatever form of creationism tickles their fancy) in order to behave properly.

  4. Thanks for sharing Curm. I’m feeling the love
    rollin’ in from Austin. I wonder if AIG gives Perry campaign money ? They should, because he is a Type A culture warrior for stupid.

  5. Frank J ……… I like your comments on Perry. ! Rick Perry is from a dirt scrabble poor
    part of Texas called Paint Creek. He is not an educated man and he clings to his 19th century Texas dogma. He absolutely believes everything he says in my opinion. I WISH we could just say he’s corrupt about what he says. His views on religion, the state and politics personify a lot of Texans with more land, money and oil, than skills in logic, science and the Constitution. For real his nominees for SBOE chair have the same education and beliefs that he touts. Most of them are ferocious about their right to hold those values and there isn’t a lot of thought given to whether these concepts make sense. It’s woven into Texas identity. Kind of like Louisiana on steroids but with more barbed wire, intellectually.

  6. Frank J says: “I’m not convinced that [he] personally believes all that Satan stuff either.”

    Who cares whether he truly believes it? If he’s sincere, he’s insane, and he shouldn’t be in office. If he’s lying, he’s corrupt, and he shouldn’t be in office. Either way …

  7. will: “I wonder if AIG gives Perry campaign money ?”

    If they did, they stopped whan he played dumb about the age of the earth. Or maybe they continued, but held their nose. Discoveroids, however, probably doubled their contribution when he weaseled out of the answer. Remember that he hired Don McLeroy, who actually used the phase “big tent.”

    @Curmudgeon:

    You’re absolutely right that he’s unqualified to serve the public either way. As you know, I’m just trying to minimize the foot-shooting when fellow critcs ass-u-me that snake oil sellers actually use the stuff. Especially when they ass-u-me that someone is a YEC on the flimsiest of evidence. Focusing on their deceptive tactics instead of their alleged beliefs is bound to reach more of the “swing vote.”

  8. Charles Deetz ;)

    “called the separation between church and state a false premise that is advanced by the devil.”

    I saw this story on another blog (Addicting Info, I think) where they suggested that Perry could be liable under his oath of his office for treason for saying such a thing, that it goes directly against the constitution.

  9. Charles Deetz says: “Perry could be liable under his oath of his office for treason for saying such a thing, that it goes directly against the constitution.”

    It’s not treason (under the US Constitution) to be an idiot, or to speak like an idiot. But it may be possible for the Texas state legislature to impeach him. That depends on the Texas constitution.

  10. Ceteris Paribus

    Please, oh please, oh please lord(s), when the 50 US states finally break up and are reconstituted into five or six regional provinces, please lord(s), do not let Kansas go with the province that includes Texas. We would happily sell our first borns to Satan to just remain independent here, in Brownbackistan.

  11. Ugh.

    I must resist the urge to say what I always say :)

  12. Whatever happened to Benjamin Franklin? He used to post here a lot. In his “younger days” he warned that we could only have a republic if we could keep it (IOW work at it, and not just rest on laurels). He also warned that a religion that needs govt. help to survive is probably a bad one.

    For all the scam artists like to quote mine the Founding Fathers, they sure hate to take their advice.

  13. As a Texan I say… Lawd, help us!

    H8 Rick Perry.
    >:(

  14. Rick Perry is seriously a very stupid person. He’s pretty good at doing what he’s told and his wife is smart and the people who pull his strings are smart, but Perry himself is an empty shell. Just look at this quote:

    “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.

    He can’t even sermonize. “… and what have you …” Are you kidding me – and what have you? That’s as bad as that pageant contestant talking about people having maps and such as and so on, like as if what-EVAH!

    So, the man who dreamt to be leader of the Free World believes in the devil and probably Hot Stuff and Casper, too. Church Lady had more credibility.

    And then the idiot actually speaks the truth, although he doesn’t know it, when he calls his ultimate clause an “untruth.” Yes, Governor Good Hair, it is indeed untrue that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena. There’s nothing in the Constitution about that and nobody is advocating that. In the “public arena” which I assume the Gov in-artfully means government I would estimate that the percentage of people of faith is probably 99.9% Nice try, Gov.

  15. I agree with Will – Perry really does believe this stuff. I think, following his dismal performance in the primary debates and disclosure of his 2.0 college GPA, most Texans are waking up to what a deluded idiot he really is. This sort of babbling about satan and “Christian Warriors” will only reinforce their low opinion of him. I predict his political career will be over at the end of this term, and he will fade away into obscurity. He’s an embarrassment even to my most conservative friends.

  16. Here is Perry in the Houston Chronicle today reaffirming his belief in Satan and forces of darkness!

    The lunatic is afraid of the dark, carries a little pink pistol and shoots at imaginary coyotes. Oh, but he’s entertaining a run for the presidency, a if Jon Stewart needs any more material!

  17. Here in the UK, we do not have constitutional separation of state and church; the Queen is also the head of the Church of England, the established religion of the realm.

    This ironically and refreshingly secular realm, I add. We have our share of nuts, to be sure, but I am hard-pressed to think of a British analogue for Gov. Perry…

  18. we read Perry: Church and state separation is the devil’s work. ….. Again Satan has proven himself to be the best acting character in the buyBull.

  19. Using Perry’s “logic,” Benjamin Franklin must be the work of the devil, since he said: “When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its Professors are oblig’d to call for the help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

  20. The whole truth

    When are people going to stop electing theocratic maniacs to positions of political power?

  21. @The Whole Truth:

    The answer is “never” of course, but the question needs to be “What can we do to get people who know better (i.e. “fence sitters) to stop voting for them so that they never have a majority anywhere.” For that the comments I see on this thread alone are not encouraging. Calling them “insane” or “backwoods” or coming across as paranoid of a theocracy as they are of a “Darwin-Hitler society” is not helping, and almost certainly hindering. Where the issue is science education, the key is to ask them questions about their alternate “theory,” and refusing to let them evade them unless the majority clearly sees that they are trying to hide something. Perry should have never been allowed to have the last word on the “age of the earth” question. Other issues, both social and economic are much more difficult, because opinions are based almost exclusively on emotion. But I think the “reverse wedge” strategy will ultimately work. Chip away at their most absurd claims and evasion tactics, and the rest will gradually follow.

    I am somewhat encouraged that in the last 2 presidential elections, “natural selection” weeded out the extremist authoritarians (Perry, Bachmann, Santorum) early. In state and local elections the problem remains, and may get worse before it gets better. E.g. as businesses avoid states like Louisiana, where taxpayer funded education allows “equal time” for what has not earned the right to be taught. Notice that the last sentence does not mention religion, and does point out that it is a “handout” that reasonable conservatives find as distasteful as anything the “left” has to offer. That’s the language we need much more of if this situation is ever to change.

  22. Unfortunately, we have a theocrat running for governor here in the Hoosier state, Mike Pence, and he’s well ahead in the polls. He is diverting attention away from his very theocratic past in the US House of Representatives by saying he’s “all about jobs for Hoosiers”.

  23. Just count Perry among the countless stoopids who do not understand the concept of the separation of the church and state, which dates back to the anabaptists of the 1600′s. They’ve reinvented it to mean exclusion of all religious folks from the workings of the government.

  24. @ Douglas E:

    I think that Perry, like most modern theocrats (radical paranoid authoritarians) understand perfectly well what is meant by “separation of the church and state,” and are very aware that they are attacking a strawman. What they want is a “handout” for a subset of Judeo-Christian religion that they know can’t survive indefinitely without that handout. They’re probably aware of the Franklin quote I copied above, and privately know that he’s right.

    So I don’t call these people stupid, ignorant or evil, though some fraction of each may apply to individuals. But “paranoid” strikes a nice balance to me, and seems to fit these people better than most adjectives.

  25. I agree with you that the wily politicians like Perry and ‘news’ folks like O’Hannity are ‘leaders’ because they have an audience that will buy into the message because it fits their biases and they don’t have to think [stoopid implied :-) ]

  26. Gawd, he’s even worse than Mitt. Who knew?