Ahead of presidential bid, Rick Perry and evangelical leaders court each other
August 12th, 2011
08:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Ahead of presidential bid, Rick Perry and evangelical leaders court each other

(CNN) -– Evangelical pastor Jim Garlow has met Texas Gov. Rick Perry only once, but the politician left quite an impression.

Garlow, who is based in California, where he helped lead the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the state, was attending a big prayer rally that Perry sponsored last weekend in Houston when he and his wife were invited backstage with the governor.


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  1. FM

    Listening to the candidates last night on their: "you pull, I pull also", I was astonished hearing them saying the marriage should be decided at the federal level not like what New York did. Oh! if that is the case, what was wrong when Health Care Reform was decided at the level you desire? (federal level)! To them, some issues yes and some no. It depends on what they like and don't like. What an inconsistence!

    August 12, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. TB

    How many Americans really want to live under a fundamentalist Christian theocracy?

    August 12, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Have a cousin that lives in Texas and he says this guy has YOUNG GIRLS brought to him everywhere he goes. Wifey doesn't like it, but she'd sure like to live in the WH. At least his girlfriends are 18 (barely).

    August 12, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hmm. It seems to me that Gov. Perry's full throat endorsement of one faith is coming close to conflicting with the US Constitution, which prohibits endorsing a religion. Candidates and politicians have worn faith feathers in their caps before, which is not a problem.

    Perry's problem is that he has kicked it up a notch by *sponsoring* and *participating* a revival meeting. Gov. Perry has clearly stated what his mandated is, even going as far as to suggest that running for POTUS is what he supposed to do. Nothing wrong with attending church, but there is a whole lot wrong when the church is the driving force behind the government. Our founding fathers revolted against such a government.

    August 12, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Timbo

    Evangelical leaders need to expose Mormonism.

    Do we want in the White House Oval Office a man who believes God is a physical man in heaven, with a physical wife? Do we want a man who believes that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are brothers? Do we want a man who categorically denies that Jesus is God? Do we want a man whose Church is constantly troubled with polygamy? Do we want a man whose Church is full of secret rituals which can only be witnessed by a chosen few, and only in a Mormon Temple? Do we want in the White House a man whose Church exalts the writings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and other Mormons leaders over the Bible? And to top it off, Mormonism is really spiritualism. It is mysticism and esoteric, secret rituals.

    A person is not a Christian because he or she uses that name. A key ingredient in being a Christian is honoring the book of Christianity, the Bible. Mormons put it down as supposedly not translated correctly in points. Meanwhile Joseph Smith's writings and those of others of his doctrine are not questioned!

    Evangelicals, stand up and expose Mormonism. It is a false cult, and we don't want a Mormon in our nation's highest office.

    August 12, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    I don't think Perry should get so much PRESS when he did not even show up at the debate last night. He is getting in through the back door and I would rather see him in a debate!!!

    August 12, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Timbo

    I realize Rick Perry is not a Mormon, but I see that there are real Christian churches and those which are not. A church that honors the Bible and the Bible only as its text is Christian. Mormonism, with its subtle attacks on the Bible, and with its supposedly inspired by God other Scriptures doesn't fit the bill.

    August 12, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Timbo wrote:
    Evangelical leaders need to expose Mormonism.
    For what? This is not a "Christian nation" by any stretch. This is a nation of religous freedom. A country where the majority of those actively practicing a religion on a regular basis just happen to be Christians. I do not want a Christian government telling me how to live my life. It is unconstitutional to *convert* our government into one that embraces Christianity in any form. This is a democracy, not a theocracy. If you wish to live in a theocracy, then you are in the country.

    August 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. coy4one

    Don't beleive these bytes about Perry bringing jobs to Texas.... This is an oil state and as you know for the past couple of years, oil companies have been racking in the dough that YOU'VE PAID FOR! As a result, oil companies are hiring and our state (including Houston) are full of out of state license plates from people migrating from all over the country. These jobs would have come to Texas no matter who the governor was, so Perry did not bring anything into Texas. He is just riding on the success of oil. In fact, Texas leads the nation in outsourced jobs to foreign countries, so think about that before you think about Perry being the "jobs" President!!

    August 12, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. GI Joe

    If Perry is President, which state will he steal jobs from with his minimum wage, no benefits, bills? That's how he got jobs away from California to move to Texas.

    August 12, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |