Ah those clever atheists-attacking Rick Perry so publicly with a lawsuit to protest his participation in The Response, a gathering of Christians in Houston's Reliant Stadium on August 6th for a day of prayer. While tending to admire freethinkers, having always been a bit of one myself, I can't but believe that the irony of this situation is bringing smiles to the faces of all of us who think Perry should be our next president. Surely the wiser heads at the Freedom From Religion Foundation should have realized that by filing their suit they are bestowing millions of dollars of free political promotion upon the very politician they apparently do not want to see elected to the presidency.
Sure, opportunistic detractors are using The Response as an opportunity to nail Perry for his religious beliefs but every piece they write is just bringing the relatively unknown governor to the attention of Americans who now know nothing about him. And one can only guess as to how many of those folks are Christians with varying degrees of adherence to the faith, but who read about Perry and his deeply-held Christian beliefs and go, "Now here's a candidate who knows his mind and soul, a man I can get behind, a man who believes and makes no bones about it." You think perhaps a million or two, perhaps enough to make the difference in a national election?
Certainly Perry's devotion will lead the impious of many stripes to attack his faith, unlike they did their Messiah in 2008. It will be interesting to see how far the liberal media will go in pouncing on Perry for his piety while winking at The Wun's seldom shown but sworn fidelity to Christianity. I have a feeling it can be summed up thusly, "Hypocrisy, thy name is media." It will be equally interesting to see how Obama and his handlers deal with this issue if Perry becomes the Republican candidate. How one who claims to have warmed a pew every Sunday for twenty years can assail an adversary for his faith becomes a bit problematic.
Liberals notably are made to look foolish by the unintended consequences of their actions and this could very well be a continuance of that bad habit. Until Perry jumps into the race, and probably after as well, every single word of liberal outrage flung at his faith may boomerang back into the faces of the offended flingers, translating into one more vote for a man unabashedly proud of his beliefs and his religion.
Can't you just hear Br'er Perry saying, "Please, please don't throw me in that ol' briar patch."