Texas governor Rick Perry is planning a day of prayer and fasting to celebrate America in Houston on August 6th. People have criticized Perry for not including other religions in his prayer day. His spokesman's response is probably not helping those charges:
Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a “day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation,” which has been criticized for being exclusively Christian, is open to people of any faith — “who will feel the love, grace and warmth of Jesus Christ in that assembly hall,” the event’s chief spokesman explained on Monday in a statement that provoked new charges that the event is intended to convert non-Christians.
So I guess in Perry's Texas, you can worship any religion, so long as it's Christian. Perry is the same dolt whose response to a drought involved asking Texans to pray for rain. Now that Newt Gingrich is a dead man walking, pundits are talking about Perry jumping into the presidential race. I think he's the only candidate—sorry, Santorum—who'd be able to get values voters out in any kind of significant quantity. If he were to run as a dumbass "What's-wrong-with-worshippin'-Jebus-on-the-government's-dime?" kind of evangelical Christian, he'd probably make a pretty big splash in the Republican field and change the conversation. Mitt Romney is probably praying that Perry doesn't run for just that reason.