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Topic - Eric Bearse
Bashing Rick Perry has become real sport in the press. And no wonder. Journalists realize that the Texas governor could impinge on President Obama's re-election efforts and are acting accordingly.
A theists don't want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to have a prayer day this summer. On Wednesday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked a federal judge to block "The Response," an event where Christians would gather in Houston to turn to God for direction and unity for an aggrieved nation. The anti-God brigade insists this is a First Amendment violation, and it will also seek a restraining order to bar Mr. Perry's participation.
"This will be a solemn occasion where people will gather to pray and repent, and seek God's blessing and provision. We gather in a spirit of unity, in opposition to no group or perspective, and we will pray for the good of the country as a whole," spokesman Eric Bearse tells Inside the Beltway.
"Hundreds of years of legal precedent make clear Americans can assemble and pray without interference from the government," Mr. Bearse told The Washington Times. "If their objection were to hold legal muster, it would literally have the chilling effect of preventing a governor or any other public official from attending worship services."