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September 2, 2011

Rick Perry Talks Politics, Faith at Private Retreat

Evangelical political activists attended a two-day retreat with Texas Governor Rick Perry last weekend, the L.A. Times reports.

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The GOP presidential candidate met with social conservative leaders who grilled Perry on his faith and his politics at a remote ranch west of Austin, Texas. According to the L.A. Times sources, Perry convinced his guests that he was one of them.

The retreat, named “Call to Action,” featured representatives from prominent evangelical and socially conservative political organizations. Participants included Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Richard Land, and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

Participants were asked not to take pictures, record the event, or disclose details of what was said. Sources for the L.A. Times said Perry gave his testimony, which included a recommitment to his faith following his stint in the Air Force. He also promised to stand firm in opposing same-sex marriage and abortion.

Speaking to campaign contributors in July, Perry said, “Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business."

The remark did not go over well with social conservatives. One week later, he told FRC's Tony Perkins that he supports a Constitutional amendment on marriage that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. For some participants at the retreat, the report states, his comments were not sufficient, but Perry reiterated his support for the federal marriage amendment. Several days after the retreat, Perry signed the National Organization for Marriage's pledge to support a Constitutional amendment on marriage. The amendment would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Perry also promised “Call to Action” guests that he would select a pro-life vice presidential running mate. In 2008, Perry endorsed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani who is pro-choice. Some social conservatives were concerned that Perry's endorsement meant that he would not be a strong opponent of abortion.

Perry currently leads in most polls of Republican voters with 25 to 30 percent support. Over the past month, he has gained 10 to 15 percentage points. This growth has come at the expense of Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, both of whom have dropped in the polls.

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Comments

"Participants were asked not to take pictures, record the event, or disclose details of what was said."

Whatever happened to Justice Brandeis' "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."

All this article does is raise more suspicion about Gov. Perry. Why were the "representatives from prominent evangelical and socially conservative political organizations" asked to not "disclose details of what was said"? What about the NAR cult involvement in this man's campaign? Why does the media think the terms 'evangelical' and 'Christian' are synonymous? Gov. Perry has deception written all over him. This campaign is not a good thing and shame on the "evangelical political activists" for being a part of it. I have 3 things to say to all the candidates: DOMA, Pro-life, and Genesis 12:3

Unfortunately, claiming to be evangelical and/or socially conservative does not mean that one is actually serious about following Jesus Christ.

Secret meetings with the rich and powerful and a gag request? Really? Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's what Jesus would do.

Whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

pan - der - ing.

seriously, this is Perry trying to pass the litmus tests that the political portion of evangelical Christianity set up. As I said in earlier comments, those who wear their faith on their sleeve in a form of identity politics, even if they actually are genuine about it, have "already received their reward."

Ron Paul 2012. Ron Paul is a Christian, but he rarely brings it up (usually, only when asked about it). He believes (rightly) that the executive branch of the federal government has abused its position and usurped power that doesn't belong to it, REGARDLESS of who's in office ... dem or repub.

The real test: can Ron sit in that seat and limit himself? McCain called the tea party "hobbits." Yet, hobbits were the only ones that could carry the One Ring and not be corrupted by it in short order. The oval office needs Frodo more than it needs Gandalf. Ya dig?

I dispise politicians who use "faith" even if he's a christian as a tool in their campaign. Christians are also very naive if they think that someone who is a beliver will somehow be better at the issues than a non believer.

Rick Perry a wolf in sheep's clothing! And shame on these shameless evangelists who fall for the wolf.

A "plague on his house" from a Christian perspective!