New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'
December 7th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
3 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. Jeff in Iowa

    Perry thinks he can get the old Huckaby followers by pushing religion. It's a total scam. Everyone here knows he's a crook and that's reflected in his poll #'s. I'd like to puke everytime his ads come on. :-(

    December 7, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Whammybar

    This guy is pathetic, He's using lies to impose his faith on others. Most of what he says in that ad are half truths. Just enough information to smear.

    December 7, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Brett

    Thank you for this early Winter Solstice gift Rick Perry! You just made this atheist very happy.

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

    Sonnie2 wrote:
    "Obama and his crew sure don't show any Christian Traits."
    Sure, and Perry authorizing the highest death penalty rate in the country as the Governor does.
    "He along with his name is Musilum to the core."
    Poor ignorant, it's spelled Muslim, and start to recognize that most Americans' families did at some point come to the US from some other country. Sorry, there are more surnames of good Americans than Reagan or Bush. And what does a name have to do with religious beliefs?
    "Hope we don't lose the Christians Values or forefathers fought and died". They actually did not fight for that. They fought to gain independence from Britain, to move from being a colony to be a self-governed nation.

    December 7, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Eric Rife

    Reminds me of that Adam Ant song, "Desperate (But Not Serious)."

    December 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Paul

    Who started this myth that people can't openly celebrate christmas or children can't pray in school?

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

    Bravo. Obama and the ACLU can stick it.

    December 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. glyder

    this was a christian country.sad that we have fallen so far so fast.when christ returns,all this crap will be over.

    December 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. JerseyBill

    Bravo. Obama and the ACLU must go.

    December 7, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Squealy

    Anyone notice all the lighted Christmas trees around the cities and towns. Man, they are everywhere! Most disppays paid for by taxpayer dollars. How about pics of the White House interior? A tree in just about every room. Yup, Obama's administration sure hates Christmas and religion. Perry you are grasping at straws. This "war on . . . " crap is such a bunch of right-wing hooey. I'll tell you what is a problem: the republican war on voting rights, trying to shift the electorate in their favor.

    December 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 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 AGENA, a little FYI:each of the original states did have a state-sponsored religion, a proactive that was not abandoned entirely until Massachusetts ended their sponsorship of the Congregationalist Church in the 1830s. Part of the reason for New York being such a hotbed of evangelical activity in the Second Great Awakening was because theya bandoned such practices. Pretty Ricky wants to take us back to that by playing the " Christians are victims" card, which is such a crock. Not having any government sponsorship of religion has contributed to the growth and diversity of faith, something you and Rick Perry are clearly against. Read a little, please?

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

    @ Seceding in Texas:
    You were so right. Perry is looking physically uglier than a baboon's butt right now.

    December 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Veteran and Non-Believer

    "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"

    What does one have to do with the other? And what is wrong with gays serving openly in the military?

    It's nonsense anyway. Nobody's stopping kids from praying at school; public schools simply can't lead prayers. How did this myth of the persecution of Christians in America get to be so widespread?

    December 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. JellyBean

    People need to know the history. It was CHRISTIANS that won the first suit which restricted prayer in school, not any other group. It came about in a time when there wasn't this facade of unity among Christians, but when people recognized that baptists are completely unlike catholics unlike protestants, etc. The idea of a baptist having to be part of a prayer in a protestant school was unacceptable and thus, prayer in school battles waged.

    December 7, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. JB

    Why would the openly Christian president declare a war on religion? Oh, right. You idiots are still convinced he's secretly a Muslim.

    December 7, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. who's next

    If he can hold rattle snakes without getting bit, hes got my vote.

    December 7, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. CCMars

    @GROVER NORQUIST IS A HERO

    You're probably a troll, but I'll bite: "In God We Trust" has a long history, but not as long as you think, and for a much darker reason than you believe.

    "In God we trust" first appeared on a U. S. coin as early as 1864, due to fears and religious fervor triggered by the War Between the States (1861-1864). It wasn't until 1956 that Congress passed a law that elevated "in God we trust" to the status of the “official” U.S. motto. Why? It was a result of of the heightening Cold War and the Red Scare, basically boiling down to the same reason it was added earlier.

    So basically, "In God we trust" is only our official motto because of religious-related FEAR, like Perry here is trying to provoke with his ads.

    December 7, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. silliness

    Oh please. Obama spouts as much religious nonsense as Perry does.

    December 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. who's next

    If he can hold rattle snakes without getting bit, he got my vote.

    December 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. PrincessBride

    I want my kids to be able to pray in school. That's why I send them to Catholic school. All these Christians who want their kids to pray in school – care to join me in the Hail Mary?

    December 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Rick Perry

    I am so dumb that don't when to stop running.

    December 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Al Stefanelli

    Faith did not make this country strong. It was the progenitor of racism, slavery, illiteracy and a host of other problems. There is no place for religion in government or the public sector. If Perry wants a theocracy, he can move to Iran...

    December 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. not again

    if he can hold rattle snakes without getting bit, hes got my vote

    December 7, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. wuzup4u

    I've often wondered why Christians are so intolerant of others' and their beliefs. What ever happend to the Golden Rule? That's why I went from being a Catholic (way too much hypocrisy) to following Budhhism. If we all lived with compassion and loving kindess the world would be a much better place.

    December 7, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    Look who is talking. The great executioner from Texas. The worst person for talking about wars on religion!

    December 7, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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