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This Saturday in Texas: Rick Perry’s Day of Prayer

We’re two days away from Texas Governor Rick Perry’s day of prayer – an exclusionary event run by some of the most rabidly anti-gay groups and leaders in the nation, including the American Family Association and Lou Engle’s TheCall.

Check out Gov. Perry’s personal call to prayer.

As a reminder, this is the event Gov. Perry organized as a response to our nation’s alleged moral, economic and social crises. Let’s take a look at the rhetoric of his closest partners:  The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the American Family Association “one of the most strident voices spreading malicious anti-LGBT propaganda.” The AFA’s Bryan Fischer has said LGBT individuals “have as many as 300 to 1,000 sexual partners over the course of a lifetime,” associated homosexuality with Nazism, and suggested LGBT advocates would push for the reinstatement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a means of escaping military service should the draft ever return.

TheCall is a movement spearheaded by the International House of Prayer’s Lou Engle. Engle is known for spreading his anti-gay message far and wide. In 2010, TheCall played an active role in supporting anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, where legislation under potential consideration would make homosexuality a crime punishable by death in some circumstances. Earlier this year, HRC hand-delivered 70,000 petitions to Engle, calling on him to retract his dangerous rhetoric that was driving anti-gay hate in Uganda.

If you’re in Houston and looking to get involved, there’s several events you can attend. HRC’s Call it Out campaign will be on the ground to report back on the event. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Tomorrow evening, Family Faith Freedom is hosting a community event at Mount Ararat Baptist Church (5801 W Montgomery Rd., Houston, TX 77091) from 7-9pm. The gathering will feature the Revs. William Lawson and Barry Lynn.
  • A Friday evening rally in downtown Houston for LGBT Texans and their allies to stand up and speak out against hate. RSVP on Facebook:
  • Saturday is the event itself – The Response at Reliant Stadium, from 10am-5pm. If you’re interested in checking it out, be sure to register: (Yes, an AFA URL)

Check in the days following The Response for the latest video and blog entries from the event.

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