Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Amen!

by Kiko Matsing

At one point, Mr. Perry asked those in the audience to pray for President Obama. “Father, we pray for our president, that you impart your wisdom upon him, that you would guard his family,” he said.

(NY Times, Perry Leads Prayer Rally for ‘Nation in Crisis’)

In these very secular times, the liberal invocation of the separation of Church and State seems, well, quaint. This is not the age of the Holy Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, or the Salem witch hunts. The liberal fear of an Evangelical Christian from Texas as POTUS is, quite frankly, hysterical. A lot of Evangelical Christians I know–regardless of their position on abortion or gay marriage–are genuinely good people who desire the uplifting of society. They are no more or less moralizing than politically correct liberals. Perry’s good wishes to Obama and his family are–to my knowledge and experience of Evangelical Christian prayer–in all likelihood, heartfelt. The country can do worse. How about a radical progressive espousing an empirically failed ideology that resulted in the slaughter of millions?

Autotune of a NASCAR opening prayer:

How is this Evangelical Christian zeal any different (or less irrational) than the devotion to climate change, organic food, and yoga?

But I suspect these things will not matter in 2012, especially if the economy continues to tank under this administration. Texas has not only continued to dodge the general economic downturn, but produced a boom. In the end, what counts is not the candidates’ religious background, nor even positions on social issues, but real executive credentials.