“Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the untruths out there that is driven -- is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena," Perry said on a conference call with former pastor Rick Scarborough as part of the “40 Days to Save America” campaign.
He goes on to say:
This separation of church and state, which has been driven by the secularists to remove those people of faith from the public arena, there is nothing farther from the truth. When you think about our founding fathers, they created this country, our Constitution, the foundation of America upon Judeo-Christian values, biblical values and this narrative that has been going on, particularly since the ’60s, that somehow or another there’s this steel wall, this iron curtain or whatever you want to call it between the church and people of faith and this separation of church and state is just false on its face. We have a biblical responsibility to be involved in the public arena proclaiming God’s truth. You know, are we going to get up and say ‘you are going to vote for X’? No, but we’re going to talk about Christian values. When you think about the issue of life and protecting life, it’s so important that we as Christians put legislation into place, that we elect women that defend life. The idea that we should be sent to the sidelines I would suggest to you is very driven by those who are not truthful, Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven—is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena.
No one wants to remove people of faith from the public arena. Well, ok, I wouldn't mind if people like Perry and most Republicans chose to stay in the private sector. But I don't want the gov't to force them out of the public arena like he seems to suggest. We just don't want their faith to dictate public policy. Rick Perry agrees with us. He doesn't want people of Muslim or Buddhist faith to dictate public policy any more than I do. He just wants his own faith to dictate policy. That's the truth Mr. Perry.
The founders did not create the Constitution from judeo-christian values. In fact, many of those founders (Madison and Jefferson in particular) were fighting for secularism long before the 1960s that Perry states. Perry and his fellow Republicans have absolutely no idea what "the founders" did or stood for. They just make this shit up in order to fit their own narrative.
I'll grant Perry, for a second, that he has a biblical responsibility to advance christian values. Notice that to him, the only issue that pertains to is "life". And by "life" he means abortion. He doesn't mean opposing the death penalty (which as Rand Paul pointed out recently, Jesus would probably oppose) or anything about providing people a decent life. He doesn't mean anything Jesus actually preached. He simply means abortion.
Oddly enough his solution to the issue of getting anti-abortion legislation passed is the same as mine, get women elected to public office. The difference is that while I assume women have a different perspective on abortion and will allow for a more open debate on the issue, Perry just believes that if christian women get into office his side will win because he has faith. And he thinks that if some women on his team don't support abortion that will flip the non-christian women.
Rick Perry can believe this and tell it to anyone he wants while in the public arena. But despite what he believes about the founders and the basis of our values, they just aren't true. And I don't need Satan feeding me 'untruths' for me to advance secularism. I just follow the example Madison and Jefferson set for us way back in the glorious time of the founding that Rick Perry has no clue about.