New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'
December 7th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
2 years ago

New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'

(CNN) – Rick Perry says that if he's elected president, he'll end what he calls President Barack Obama's "war on religion."

Perry makes the comments in a new TV commercial that's sure to create controversy.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's 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," says the Texas governor and Republican White House candidate. "As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again."

The Perry campaign tells CNN the 30-second spot starts running in "heavy rotation" statewide in Iowa Wednesday. The state's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. The campaign says the ad will also run on cable television on the Fox News Channel.

The 30-second spot is slotted to run statewide starting Wednesday in Iowa. The state's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

In an email release touting the new commercial, the Perry campaign lists headlines from mainstream, conservative, and religious reporting sites to illustrate what it calls the "Obama Administration's war on religion." Those examples include the president's move to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and his exclusion of the word "God" from his Thanksgiving speech.

In an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Perry said he stood by the ad.

"The administration is clearly sending messages to people of faith, and organizations of faith, that we're not going to support you with federal dollars," Perry said. "I'm very comfortable with that ad, for one thing. My faith is a part of me, and the values I learned in my Christian upbringing will affect my governing."

CNN has reached out to Obama's re-election team for reaction to the new Perry ad.

Perry is a Methodist and has not shied away from touting his faith during his presidential bid . In an earlier campaign commercial, Perry described himself as a "man of faith."

Social conservative voters are influential in race for the GOP presidential nomination, especially in Iowa and South Carolina, the first southern state to vote.

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soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Yes, faith can make America strong again....faith in the belief that people like Rick Perry will always be in that small minority of hateful, hurtful people.

    December 7, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Lando

    Positively a sign of mad cow disease..Brain damage...poor Perry...

    December 7, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. JPX

    gt writes, "better becareful ..... even though its true about obama ... one should not talk about ones religion,...ones wife or there dogs...." This is exactly the kind of grammar I would expect from an anti-Obama idiot. How many mistakes are in that one sentence? I count 7 but I might be missing a few.

    December 7, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. REG in AZ

    Once again, as several have done so many times and dating back to 2000, a candidate attempts to exploit religious claims for political gain. It is not only disgusting but it is also a condemnation of our society that says we are so easily manipulated and that they think they can once again ride religion into office. Are people really that easily duped and controlled? Does being religious actually dictate that you really don't think for yourself and are vulnerable to being controlled by any mention of Christian values, over looking all other sins and crimes and costly abuses? We really should have learned the costs in all of that from Bush-Cheney! Literally disgusting!

    December 7, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. JasonP

    I hate how these politicians can say whatever they want. There should be punishment for lies and misinformation. Plus since when is the gov't in the business of "supporting religions with Federal dollars"? Where did THAT come from?

    December 7, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Alex in Wisconsin

    I think the logical fallacy is that people want to blame an inability to express their Christianity on the President and He obviously had nothing to do with that. In fact, the President has been very open about his personal beliefs. The whole gay rights thing, that's just him also believing that men and women have the right to be apart of society while choosing to be themselves. I feel sorry for anyone who can't understand this concept. But I don't really expect much in terms of brainpower from anyone who would follow Rick Perry either.

    December 7, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. freidamurray

    Idiot! Oops... Holier than thou idiot!

    December 7, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. jboh

    Go back to Texas Rick. You aren't ready for the big leagues.

    December 7, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Ishan

    Why didn't Perry say "war on religions?" Saying "religion" he is obviously referring to his own, Christianity, to pander to Christians, well narrow-minded Christians that is. What about all the other religions in the US? Don't those count? Poor Jesus! Look what these neocon folks have done to his religion. No wonder other religions in other countries don't trust the US. First the US uses military imperialism, then religious intolerance. What a shame. Jesus, forgive them for they know not what they do.

    December 7, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Area Man

    Did God tell him to make that commercial?

    December 7, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    GROVER NORQUIST IS A HERO TO ALL TAXPAYERS WHO ARE SICK OF PAYING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE TO FUND A CORRUPT SOCIALIST AGENDA, please try reading about the belief system called " deism ", then see its connection with Franklin, Jefferson, et al. Washington did not have membership in a particular sect, but used religion as a means of keeping society under control, since the last thing he wanted was a democracy which represented mob rule to the Founders. I suggest you stop re-interpreting history through the eyes of the 21st century and Glenn Beck, and put things in their proper context. On the other hand, that will happen the day that pigs fly, and I don't expect to see Conservatives flapping their arms, whipping around the treetops anytime soon.

    December 7, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Arch

    oh, woe is me. republicans (and their tea-baggin' bretheren) have mnorphed into a party of bedwetters, cowards, liars and whiners. is there really anything more pathetic then to see a member of the majority act as if he/they are the ones being persecuted and victimized? rick perry = mimbo!

    December 7, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Aerin

    This is NOT a christian country. Go away Perry.

    December 7, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. erich2112x

    Typical bottom of the deck dealing GOP. Nothing but trickery, deceit and sleight of hand.

    December 7, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. SaintM

    Boocat: There is nothing in the water that makes Texans stupid because there is no water in Texas–therefore Texans are just plain stupid all on their very own.

    December 7, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Tori

    OH Where Can I Sign Up To Fight The War on Religion????????????????

    What a stupendous idea Mr Perry!

    Thank you

    December 7, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Cat

    What a joke!!! The problem is that Christians want to tell everyone how to live their lives. I can figure out how to live my life with out your input, I do NOT need some Christian telling me what is right and what is wrong. You Christians work on living your own lives, which has to be hard enough, as you spend most of your time worrying about the way everyone is living theirs. So spend that time working on yourself, I think the rest of us will do just fine without you!!!

    December 7, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Strange1

    How scary is this type of cynical piety. One one hand, if Perry is this desperate employ these types of tactics, then imagine how he will use religion if he has the levers of power. On the other hand, it is even more scary if this is what he really thinks. The only thing more frightening is that there some in this country that will agree with him. I was raised in the Southern Baptist church and, at our church, was taught that how one practiced his/her religion was an individual and private affair. Since the fundamentalists gained control of the Southern Baptist Association and took control of key Seminaries, not only has fundamentalism taken control of Baptist Churches and the minds of its congregations, but has adopted the view that the "ends justifies the means." That means, in their minds, that doing and saying whatever is necessary to achieve their interpretation of God's plan is justified. Beware American, we do have an American Taliban and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    December 7, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. James

    Sweet Jesus! Are you kidding me? Has he not read up on his history regarding the founding fathers and their knowledge that once government becomes the dispenser of religion that it is only steps away from corruption? Do we want Washington running our faith communities? And if Perry were the biblical scholar he proclaims to be he needs to also read up on scripture not being taken literally yet more in a literary context. Anyone reading this who take scripture literally think about this.....Jesus said in the Gospels that if anyone divorces and remarries they are comitting adultry. We know what adultry got you back in Jesus day......you were stoned to death. Let's not pick and choose what to take literally in scripture. It is careless and dangerous, especially if you look at over 50% of marriages ending in divorce!

    December 7, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm speechless.
    Perry's lies are so blatant and transparent that they are not worth rebuking.
    President Obama was willing to commit political suicide in order to provide us with Health Care Reform. That means, Mapface, that he was willing to risk his re-election because it was more important for him to "do what he knew was right for Americans".
    Has your "Christanity" led you to be as admirable and unselfish in your endeavors Perry? Besides authorizing all of those "Christian" executions in your state of people that were once fetuses of course.
    While you're talking the big talk, President Obama is walking the hard walk of one who is faithful and lets his actions speak for his faith.

    "That which you do to the least of you, you do unto me" Jesus.

    December 7, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Truther

    I believe Governor Perry should take up his conerns about schoolchildren and Christmas with the Supreme Court. President Obama has done NOTHING to prevent children from observing Christmas. Of course, a fact like that won't get in the way of Mr. Perry and his "values" as he goes around telling blatant lies about Mr. Obama.

    December 7, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. rs

    Religion (as practiced by Perry) has made GOP/TP politicians ignorant and stupid. Proof that there is and always will be a separation of Church and state lest we become some failed Theocratic state.

    December 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Jake

    as if this ad isn't frightening enough, if you ever have the displeasure of visiting rick perry's facebook page, you will understand his supporters very quickly. terrifying stuff!

    December 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. tony

    You need to be in the pew to put your cash in the collection plate.

    December 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Livefree88

    It is sad that the evangelicals have hijacked the republican party.

    December 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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