Bil Browning

Best News Coverage of Rick Perry's 'The Response'

Filed By Bil Browning | August 07, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: evangelical Christian, hypocritical Christians, prayer rally, Rick Perry, Texas, The Response

This has to be the best news report out of Texas Governor Rick Perry's "The Response."

My favorite part? When they talk about how the evangelical leaders are exhorting the crowd to pray and fast while showing video of all the people in line for their Diet Cokes and hot dogs at the concession stands. The topper? Mentioning that Perry has dinner plans for the evening and had breakfast that morning.

Oh, the stupid. It burns.

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It must be nice to have a community where the sheeple will fall into line with any damn thing you say as long as you invoke the invisible sky god and his flying dead son, who you know won't contradict you. I much prefer our cantankerous crazy bunch who, no matter what else you say, at least think for themselves.


I'm generally a big supporter of the pieces you write as I usually find them to be articulate, eloquent and well thought out. I have to be honest I'm both offended and disappointed by this comment. People of faith (particularly those of us who identify as progressive, queer Christians) have gotten the short end of the stick on this site for some time. Articulate, beautifully written pieces representing our community are often ripped apart with bigoted, hateful comments that I suspect wouldn't fly if it were another group. I'm all for healthy debate, but that doesn't mean there are no consequences for hateful speech.

While I suspect this comment was meant in some kind of jest, or in your opinion reflected humor-I disagree. This reflects what has been an increasingly hostile attitude for Bilerico for people of faith for sometime and continued "lumping together" of all Christians under one umbrella. A practice that has caused article after article of debate when done with members of the LGBTQ community.

While I don't deny you the right to your opinion of Christianity (nor am I trying to convert anyone), this crosses a line for me. I expected more from a member of the editorial board.



Well, Heidi, you're right, and I'm sorry I said it. I think that faith can be a positive force, and I was very religious for many years. In this case, it's a negative force to make gullible, frightened people line up behind greedy, power-hungry leaders, and it upsets me. My resort to humor was ill-advised and I apologize.


Truly and sincerely, thank you. That means more than I can tell you. And apology very much accepted.

I join you in your frustration and anger in this example. This is a power hungry, in my opinion VERY un-Christlike man feeding on people's beliefs and vulnerabilities for his own agenda. I can't, don't, and will never support the perversion of faith for that purpose.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a seminarian with the United Church of Christ and hope in my ministry to be able to offer a direct, positive example to combat folks like Rick Perry. Until we are able to unite and raise a progressive voice of faith to counter these examples, they will continue to dominate the debate.

Here's to articulate, intelligent and thoughtful debate from many perspectives to build a better community.

All the best,


The Topper? Mentioning that Perry has dinner plans for the evening and had breakfast that morning.

Err... I'm being pedantic and nitpicky here, but they said that Perry's spokespeople could not confirm that Perry did not have breakfast and that he had dinner plans.

Not that he definitively did have breakfast.

The line for smoothies was incredible hahahha. I love that it made it into the report.