Today, Texas governor (and all but declared presidential candidate) Rick Perry is holding his big prayer festival in Houston. People for the American Way created a video mashing up Perry’s folksy invitation to the event, intercut with video of the radical evangelical christians that he invited:
Perry’s friendly demeanor in the video is ironic compared to his unhinged guests, who say Oprah is a forerunner of the antichrist, homosexuality is an Illuminati conspiracy, gays are responsible for the Holocaust, President Obama should be violently overthrown, the Statue of Liberty is a “demonic idol”, those mysterious bird deaths earlier this year in Arkansas were a result of DADT’s repeal, the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri was God’s judgement for abortion, and the Medal of Honor should not have been awarded to a soldier who saved his fellow combatants (rather than killing enemy soldiers). They make Reverend Jeremiah Wright look like a choir boy.
One of the speakers, John Hagee, was in the news during the last presidential election, when John McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because Hagee said the Nazis were “doing God’s work”, called the Catholic Church “The Great Whore” and a “false cult system”, and declared that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for the high “level of sin” in New Orleans. But Perry doesn’t seem to have any problems with that.
UPDATE: Andy Borowitz on Rick Perry.