Stop me if you’ve heard this one
Texas governor Rick Perry has expressed some dubious views when it comes to religion, politics and current events and his speech last night to the Texas Eagle forum was no different. Proclaiming that his gubernatorial campaign against former mayor of Houston Bill White is a “struggle for the heart and soul of our nation,” Perry trotted out a faith-based straw man:
“That’s the question: Who do you worship? Do you believe in the primacy of unrestrained federal government? Or do you worship the God of the universe, placing our trust in him?”
Perry here isn’t attempting to engage with the values of the faith community, or even drawing a link between a particular religious belief and a political position. Rather, he’s boiling down the race to a tried and true narrative — the Godless communist vs the free-market Christian. Less of this, please.