On Wednesday, July 13, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wisconsin-based church/state watchdog group filed a lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas to block Gov. Rick Perry's continued association with "The Response" prayer rally scheduled to take place August 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. The suit, brought on behalf of the FFRF's 700 Texas members, alleges that Perry's actions as governor give “official recognition” to a devotional event, endorse religion, have no secular rationale, and seek to encourage citizens to pray and nonChristians to convert to Christianity.
From the lawsuit filing:
14. The defendant, Governor Rick Perry, is the Governor of the State of Texas and he
is sued on the basis of actions that he has taken and is imminently going to take as Governor, including the issuance of an official proclamation that bears the State Seal of the State of Texas and public appeals to participate in the August 6 prayer rally.
He's issued a proclamation under the state seal. He's using his position as Governor, as well as state resources (the website) to advertise the event. It will be interesting to see how a judge rules on this.
You can read the entire filing here.
Maybe Gov. Perry and his supporters will take the FFRF lawsuit as a badge of honor. It will legitamize him as a "courageous crusader for christianity" and prove his love for Jesus.
That's not to say I disagree with the lawsuit. I'm all for it. Perry's pathetic pandering for prayer needs to be made an embarrassment.
I think I saw today that the lawsuit got thrown out by a judge. Any truth to this? And what was the reasoning?
Edit: Yep. They said the plaintiffs (FFRF) had no "standing," and Perry and the head of The Response said it was a victory for the First Amendment. I think the problem was that they made a big deal out of Perry even attending the event, when the biggest problem (in my opinion) is his promotion of it. And I'm pissed that the taxpayers money (MY money) was used to defend him, since the Texas Attorney General was the one defending him. ARGH!!
using state $$$$$$$s to "defend" this in court makes it even MORE unconstitutional!
are there any constitutional lawyers out there willing to take this up to anyone in charge?!?!?!????
yes ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between...
we ARE witnesing the USA going totaly batshit barking mad!!!!
Just awful. I was pretty sure the lawsuit would be thrown out. Sad.
I live a llittle more than an hour from Houston, and some of my local progressive group members are getting together to protest the rally, but I can't take the heartache of being such a small minority any more than I can take being in close proximity with thousands of folks who believe in fairytales.