Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web. [RACHEL ZOLL – AP Religion Writer]
Well folks, it does seem like the chickens are coming home to roost in our fairytale after all. The evangelicals are marching in from the cloisters and the forests all decked out in their Sunday come-to-meetin’ clothes, proclaiming a New Christian Century in Amerika. And we, the unwashed masses, repose complacently in our front row seats, watching the action unfold above the footlights; witnesses to an extravagant display of the most profound and intimate bond between religion and politics, as it continues to power this hungry beast of civilization. Was not this public exhibition by Governor Perry (he-who-would-be-president) just a clear and present reminder of that ancient premise concerning the sacrality of the State and its claims to transcendent power? Was this not, as well, a revival of the fraudulent myth of American Exceptionalism (The Chosen Nation) now decked-out in all its resplendent Christian glory?
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