Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Governor Goodhair, Rick Perry of the theocratic Republic of Texas Gilead (literary reference to The Handmaid's Tale), was none too happy about state Sen. Wendy Davis leading a people's filibuster to defeat his anti-abortion measure. Doesn't this little lady know that women are supposed to be subservient to their men folk and to be seen and not heard? How dare she violate the law of God (according to these religious extremists).
Read this disturbing report by Forrest Wilder in the August 2011 issue of Texas Observer, Rick Perry's Army of God. The movement is called the New Apostolic Reformation. Believers fashion themselves modern-day prophets and apostles:
[T]wo Texas pastors, Tom Schlueter of Arlington and Bob Long of San Marcos, who called on Perry in the governor’s office inside the state Capitol. Schlueter and Long both oversee small congregations, but they are more than just pastors. They consider themselves modern-day apostles and prophets, blessed with the same gifts as Old Testament prophets or New Testament apostles.
The pastors told Perry of God’s grand plan for Texas. A chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was “The Prophet State,” anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role.
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If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldn’t be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government. The new prophets and apostles believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take “dominion” over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the “Seven Mountains” of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they’re intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they’re leading an “army of God” to commandeer civilian government.
In Rick Perry, they may have found their vessel. And the interest appears to be mutual.
Governor Goodhair gave a speech at the National Right To Life conference (where else) on Thursday, where he chose to get very personal in discussing state Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) personal background. Igor Volsky at Think Progress reports Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis: ‘She Was A Teenage Mother Herself’:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) directly attacked state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) during a speech at the National Right To Life conference on Thursday, arguing that the state senator who filibustered for 13 hours to defeat an omnibus anti-abortion bill should have learned from her own life experiences as a single mother to value “every life.”
“Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives?” Perry asked, before suggesting that Davis’ own struggles should have turned her against abortion:
PERRY: In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
Perry has called the Texas senate into another special session on Monday in order to pass the bill, which would, in part, outlaw abortions after 20 weeks and effectively close down 90 percent of clinics in the state. Democrats will likely be unable to block the measure a second time. “We will ban abortion after 20 weeks!” Perry proclaimed at the conference.
During his remarks, the Texas governor also described Davis’ filibuster as “hijacking of the Democratic process” and said of the pro-choice movement, “the louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.”
Well "bless his heart," as they say in the South about slow-witted children. These religious extremists do not believe in democracy. They infiltrate government to take “dominion” over government, and to impose a theocracy in which these religious extremists are "prophets" who are chosen by God to lead, and not subject to a vote of the people at the ballot box. So let's cut the bullshit, Governor Goodhair, and let's talk about what the real threat is here -- religious extremists.
Wendy Davis responded to Governor Goodhair's personal attack on her in a statement:
"Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test."