To students Perry urges faith in God
September 14th, 2011
02:04 PM ET
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To students Perry urges faith in God

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry used his own religious path to issue a charge to the freshman class at Liberty University, asking them to put their trust in God.

Speaking at their convocation Wednesday, the Texas governor said God has a unique plan for everyone, a lesson he learned after returning home from his service in the U.S. Air Force.

"What I learned as I wrestled with God is I didn't have to have all the answers, that they would be revealed to me in due time and that I needed to trust him," Perry said. "Do not fret if you don't know your place in the world yet or what you want to be one day, simply trust."

"Trust that God wouldn't have put you here unless he had a unique plan for your life," Perry added in an address at the conservative Virginia school founded by Pastor Jerry Falwell.

Perry, the latest candidate to enter the GOP presidential nominating contest, invoked the memory of fallen veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to ask that the students honor their memory.

"Because of what they gave I simply ask you to make the most of the freedom that they sacrificed for, that you redeem their sacrifice by living lives worthy of it," Perry said.

As members of a generation that "grew up in the shadow of 9/11," Perry told them the American response to evil is to engage and build allies around the world.

"We must do what Ronald Reagan did at the apex of the Cold War, which is to speak past the oppressors and the illegitimate rulers and directly to their people," Perry said. "The ones who live behind the wall of oppression are yearning to be free."

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  1. unsub

    i hate hypocrites that masquerade with religion!

    September 14, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    That's about all the poor guy can hang his stupid hat on. Good luck with that.

    September 14, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    Of course he does not say which God. He and those extremist and fiscal terrorist called the Tea party don't care about the rest of us – Jews, Muslim or Atheists cause we all are going to burn in hell because we don't pray and think like they do. These are the same type of people that turned a blind eye or gladly helped march 6,000,000 off never to be seen again.

    September 14, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. diridi

    bribed Merk, now in God????

    September 14, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Ronald Reagan is doing somersaults in his grave over what the America-hating GOP domestic terrorists have become. We can only hope and pray that the GOP and their brain-dead minions join him sooner than later.

    September 14, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    The real question is this: Did he enjoy his "wrestle with God" as much as he did with his male aide in Austin?

    September 14, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. anthony78

    But what if the student is Atheist? And is getting straight A's? And is head of his/her class? Then what? How did faith help that student excell? Just curious.

    September 14, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. patriarchy 101

    and this is how we define success in america, blah, blah, men making money off of women and children through drug companies, blah, blah

    September 14, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Ken in MD

    Put your trust in God, because Perry will do nothing to help you.

    September 14, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Tammy NM

    We're Officially a theocracy! Get ready for the Christian equivalent of the burkha! If you are not the right flavor of Christian you'll be stoned!

    September 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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