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It was simply a matter of time until a Republican went after the evangelical christian vote. Rick Perry went:
Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.
Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.
New rule: if you mention Jesus on the campaign trail, you have to sell all your earthly possessions and donate it all to the poor. Anything less is simply blasphemous.
Update: Eric Rice corrects me by noting that Michele Bachmann is also shamelessly pimping Jesus for votes, explicitly saying “God then called me to run for the United States Congress.” She’s also confirmed that God has literally spoken to her a second time to run for the Oval office. Newsflash believers: it’s probably not God that’s doing all this talking to politicians.
She’s currently worth $1.05 million and the Jesus rule applies to her too.