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September 19, 2012 5:02 PM Onward Spiritual Warriors

By Ed Kilgore

In addition to the upcoming firestorm of negative ads, Team Mitt is also, of course, relying on some under-the-radar-screen hellfire aimed at stimulating maximum turnout by grassroots conservative foot-soldiers who are probably getting tired of Romney’s ambivalent attitude towards coming right out and telling the truth about the Kenyan Socialist Who Wants to Kill Babies and Persecute Christians.

I don’t know exactly what Rick Perry wants in a Romney administration, but he’s sure out there thumping the tubs, according to this report from RightWingWatch:

Texas governor Rick Perry spoke today on a conference call with extremist pastor Rick Scarborough as part of his “40 Days to Save America” campaign to motivate and organize Religious Right voters. Perry said that the separation of church and state, which he dismissed as a myth, is being used to drive “people of faith from the public arena.” Perry said that he believes Satan is using the “untruth” of the separation of church and state to remove Christians from public life: “The idea that we should be sent to the sidelines I would suggest to you is very driven by those who are not truthful, Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven—is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena….”
Perry said that America is undergoing “spiritual warfare” and Religious Right activists who “truly are Christian warriors, Christian soldiers” need to stand up to “activist courts” and “President Obama and his cronies” whom he said are making “efforts to remove any trace of religion from American life.” He called on listeners to use such spiritual warfare against the “growing tide of secularism and atheism” that “preach[es] tolerance and diversity while they engage in oppression and bullying tactics.”

If there is a Christian Right buzzword and dog whistle Perry missed, I sure didn’t see it. Don’t know about you, but I feel spiritually stalked, and I go to church most every week.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • T2 on September 19, 2012 5:15 PM:

    "Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you"
    Hey Rick....."what have you"? What the hell does that mean - 'what have you'....What's that supposed to mean? Popcorn? Hot dogs? Negroes?
    This is the kind of gibberish Perry peddles, oddly, to the 47% on Medicare and SS that prop up his "niggerhead" nation. Everyone else knows Perry is a moron - he showed us right on TV. "what have you" my ass.

  • Laindy on September 19, 2012 5:21 PM:

    Google "Mormon church owned businesses" or LDS owned businesses. What does the Mormon church do with all that money? promote political candidates? support political issues?

  • c u n d gulag on September 19, 2012 5:34 PM:

    I'm an Agnostic bordering on Atheism, and I have a confession to make.

    Yes, we secular people ARE oppressing the Christians in this country.
    It's terrible.

    We hunt them.
    We find them.
    We mock them.
    We tie them up.
    We take away their possessions.
    We ship them in cattle cars.
    We haven't allowed them to vote for several decades.
    We haven't allowed them to run for office for several decades.
    And then, we put them in Religious Concentration Camps.
    We don't allow them to hold services.
    We force secular Atheism on them.
    We brainwash them.
    We beat them if they don't agree with us.
    And then we kill them and the families, if they don't agree to forsake their God.

    We are horrible people.
    We will do ANYTHING to force our Atheistic NON-beliefs on EVERYONE.

  • TCinLA on September 19, 2012 6:18 PM:

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Upton Sinclair, 1932

    Perry's already a goose-stepper.

  • MuddyLee on September 19, 2012 6:32 PM:

    Funny I had not heard about "Satan's campaign" and I read liberal and democratic party propaganda all the time. How did Romney get the republican nomination if "people of faith" are begin kept out of public life? Because he was running against people like Rick Perry? After Romney loses to Obama, and the democrats retain the senate, who are the repubs going to turn to for leadership? Lyin Ryan (aka Privatize Ryan)? Huckabee? Surely Palin and Bachmann have been abandoned by now.

  • Robert on September 19, 2012 7:19 PM:

    "I feel spiritually stalked"...

    I feel like I've been held down and my hair cut.

  • Anonymous on September 19, 2012 7:45 PM:

    @c u n d gulag 5:34 PM:

    Shhhh. That was due for release AFTER the election!! Didn't you get the memo?? Temple Grandon said that the xtian conservatives being herded through the chutes reacted very badly to that kind of signal. They tend to be more difficult to control when they are upset. They have a great increase in their anxiety levels when they feel threatened by everything in their surroundings.

  • Neildsmith on September 19, 2012 8:44 PM:

    I think firestorm of negative ads will be good for the country. Sooner or later we're going to have to decide what kind of country we want to be. Maybe it's compassionate and concerned for those being left behind. Maybe it's a clench fist of rage at atheists, liberals, and non-whites. Personally, I can't wait to find out. Bring it on!

  • bluestatedon on September 19, 2012 9:41 PM:

    For a while I was convinced that Perry was going to get the GOP nomination, but I confess I didn't comprehend the depth of his stoopid. As a fan of cheesy sci fi movies, I almost regret that he didn't, because then watching the campaign would be sort of like watching the chilling dystopian sci fi movie "A Handmaid's Tale II: Hunting the Kenyan Satan."

  • mudwall jackson on September 19, 2012 11:19 PM:

    "Perry's already a goose-stepper."

    no, he's just an opporunistic clown who'd run over his grandmother if it was politically expediant. if he tried to goose step, he'd trip over his own feet.

  • Basilisc on September 20, 2012 5:34 AM:

    And people wonder why more Jews don't vote Republican.

  • boatboy_srq on September 20, 2012 8:49 AM:

    @T2 on September 19, 2012 5:15 PM - ROFL. WELL DONE. True, but still well done.

    @CUND: don't forget about burning all their scriptures and study aids and disconnecting their Intertubz so Teh Buk isn't available to them while forcing them to read Das Capital and , annulling all their marriages and forcing into SSM pairs, and surgically removing the vocal chords of their leaders so they can't preach. (/snark, but chances are they believe that anyway)


    Goodhair is nothing more than a snake-oil-selling megachurch preacher who found state office perks more appealing than passing the plate every Sunday. He's the stereotypical thick-headed Aggie: one wonders whether he was the original butt of Aggie jokes.

    In this case, he must have bought into the meme that only FundiEvangelist, born-again (as adults), baptized-by-full-immersion, hetero caucasian Xtians full of zeal to convert (or kill) all "non-believers" are the only true Christians. It's pretty obvious that anyone not in his little circle of True Believers™ is actually "in the club." And of course hindering Xtian insistence on imposing their beliefs and practices on every resident of the US is "persecution."

    There was a time in US history when Jeebus shouters like these were laughed out of town and off the airwaves, and survived only by preying on gullible retirees scared of their own mortality and easily led into harming themselves as a consequence.

    I feel spiritually stalked... Try victimized by the Fundie Inquisition.

    Captcha: Broadloom eaecur. A paranoid vision of the US, woven of whole cloth, indeed.

  • SharonW on September 23, 2012 10:44 PM:

    " I feel spiritually stalked, and I go to church most every week. "

    Betcha you're going to one of those unChristian churches (like the one I attend) that believe in things like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Why, I don't know, but it could be your church even wants people to recite the Nicene Creed and the Lord's Prayer (including all that unAmurrican stuff about forgiveness), you heathen!