It’s no secret that Rick Perry, one of those running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election, is a creationist. We’ve discussed that many times, for example in Rick Perry — Cunning Creationist Candidate, where we pointed out that he had named three successive creationists to be chairmen of the Texas State Board of Education.
If creationism were his only defect, then although in his case it seems so severe that it could indicate serious cognitive malfunction, we might be able to overlook it if he became the nominee — provided we found his other positions to be acceptable in contrast to those of his Democratic opponent. But it’s not his only defect.
The website of the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website,” has this story about him: 6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Rick Perry. Most of their “interesting facts” are relatively trivial, such as what church Perry belongs to, or the fact that he once issued a proclamation asking citizens to pray for rain.
You can click over there to read them all if you like, but we think only three of their facts are interesting enough to repeat here. The bold font was added by us for emphasis.
1. Perry has said if elected president, “I’ll end Obama’s war on religion and I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”
Perry said those words in a 30 second ad he ran in 2011 during his first presidential campaign. Some critics attacked the ad for being anti-homosexual. Perry declared in the ad, “I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there is something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.“
We think the issue of gays in the military is a question of morale and discipline to be decided by military commanders, more than it is an issue of civil rights. Nevertheless, from that remark about prayer in school, we get the impression that Perry has no concept of separation of church and state. Or if he knows about it, he’s willing to ignore it. He clearly has theocratic tendencies. Here’s the next one:
4. Perry has advocated for teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in schools.
He told The San Angelo Times in 2010, “I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”
That’s old news to us, but it’s worth mentioning again. Let’s read on:
6. Perry has said he knew he was “going into ministry,” he just wasn’t sure “how large the pulpit was going to be 30 years later as the governor of the great state of Texas.”
Perry’s oft repeated comments speak to his belief that his vocation or calling extends to political office. He credits his faith for protecting life in Texas.
That’s all we found of interest, but it’s enough. Regardless of his positions on taxes, control of the borders, the size of government, national defense, etc., with which we might agree, it’s clear to us that Perry is far too theocratic to be trusted. Fortunately, he’s not likely to be nominated, so a Perry candidacy is one less thing we have to worry about. At least we hope so.
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