It appears that Texas Governor Rick Perry is that worst sort of politician - a demagogue in evangelical robes. A hooded theocrat performing under the spotlight of democracy. Of course, his recent prayer rally drew tens of thousands of supporters, all of whom would vote for him simply because he gives lip service to God. Followers yearning for a restrictive religious government simply because they can't handle or don't appreciate the freedoms granted to them by the United States Constitution.
A potential Republican candidate for president, Perry used the authority of his office to plan and promote this rally. This is the same man who considers himself sworn to the Constitution (except when it's politically advantageous for him to ignore that pesky little clause about separation of church and state). His solution for our troubled nation? Not new ideas or policy initiatives, but prayer, as if appealing to the supernatural will somehow magically cure our ills. If the U.S. is ever again under attack, I want a president who will take charge, not someone who'll crumble to his knees and cry “Oh God, now what do I do?” Besides, didn't we just have a president who was a former Texas governor? And look where that got us.
Perry even invited religious entrepreneur John Hagee, self-proclaimed leader of the Cornerstone Church, who has gone on record condemning gays, Jews and others he considers sinful. Perry's invitation can, without much effort, be seen as an endorsement of such views.
Anyone wishing to live in a theocratic state should visit Iran for a while and then report back on the amount of freedom they enjoy when religion and government climb into bed together.
So much for the tirade.
On a much, much smaller scale, here in Columbia, the River Park kayak ramp and boat ramp will once again be closed for what I assume is an annual baptism ceremony. That is, public property will be handed over temporarily for private religious ceremonies, inconveniencing those who routinely use the ramps, and calling into question the advisability of such a decision. I'm not knocking any particular religion, but I am asking, thoughtfully and sincerely, “Is it right?” and “Is it fair?”