Sunday, August 7, 2011

I Prayed!

Here's one Christian-based news article about The Response USA Prayer Rally that happened yesterday (Saturday August 6)   I am cutting and pasting from http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1406832

Thousands gather, thousands pray
Russ Jones - OneNewsNow - 8/6/2011 6:50:00 PM
HOUSTON, TX - According to some estimates, more than 50,000 people ascended on Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday for the anticipated "The Response" prayer rally. And as expected, various groups were on hand to protest the event.

The Response - raised handsInside the stadium, believers sang with arms outstretched in prayer -- and some wept -- as worship music was played and prayers were lifted up. Various speakers led in prayer, among them Dr. James Dobson and his wife Shirley, American Family Association founder Dr. Donald Wildmon, and Texas Governor Rick Perry, who initiated the solemn gathering.

During his time of prayer, Perry said: "Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government. And as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us."

"We pray for our nation's leaders, Lord, for parents, for pastors, for the generals, for governors, that you would inspire them in these difficult times," he added.

Just outside Reliant Stadium, however, were several groups protesting the event, including pro-"gay marriage" groups and organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ever since Governor Perry had announced the rally, liberal organizations have cried foul.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of FFRF, told OneNewsNow that the American Family Association -- a sponsor of "The Response" -- should do its own work and not ask the state to promote its views.

"We said it would be fine if you came here in an individual capacity," she said of the governor, "but he was misusing his public office to promote sectarian religion and a particular agenda of a sectarian Christian organization -- and that is a constitutional no-no."

Jim GarlowBut Jim Garlow, lead pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and a member of the leadership team for "The Response," contends Perry has the same rights as any other citizen.

"Well, it's intriguing to me. The Constitution nowhere says that when you run for office you lose your right of freedom of speech or freedom of religious expression, freedom of religion," Garlow stated. "He has that as much as any private citizen; he can call anyone to prayer if he wants to."

A Houston judge evidently agreed, ruling recently against the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which tried to block Governor Perry from participating in the event.

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