Has there ever really been any doubt that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Aug. 6 rally is a Christian revival and an effort to bludgeon other governors into joining a chorus of “Just as I Am” or suffer political consequences for not doing so? It is the way of the brand of Christian you find in the American Family Association, one of the sponsors of the event. I presume Gov. Mike Beebe will have other things to do that day. All governors should when you consider the overt religious outreach:

“Response” spokesman Eric Bearse, a former director of communications for Perry, told American Family Radio: “A lot of people want to criticize what we’re doing, as if we’re somehow being exclusive of other faiths. But anyone who comes to this solemn assembly regardless of their faith tradition or background, will feel the love, grace, and warmth of Jesus Christ in that assembly hall, in that arena. And that’s what we want to convey, that there’s acceptance and that there’s love and that there’s hope if people will seek out the living Christ. And that’s the message we want to spread on August 6th.”

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