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See Rick Perry call gay soldiers “wrong”

Today Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign sent out a brief email blast with the subject line, “I’ll end Obama’s war on religion.” In the email was a link to this video, labeled “Spend a moment watching the ad everyone will be talking about.” Let’s spend a moment watching it:

Give the Perry campaign credit for giving us a steady drip of risky and alarming TV commercials to talk about.

Every word in this ad carries weight, but the phrase “gays can serve openly in the military” is the one that matters most. Apart from Rick Santorum, who has made bashing gay people the centerpiece of his entire career, I haven’t heard any other presidential candidate treat the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal as a major campaign issue. Surely no one else has mentioned it in a TV spot.

Here’s the script of Perry’s commercial:

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.”

Does Rick Perry—who as the elected governor of Texas led a giant Christian prayer rally—honestly think Christians are in danger of being marginalized? How could he?

Perry seems to be betting his struggling campaign on the guess that many Evangelical Christian voters are still looking for their candidate, unwilling to support Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith.

The new commercial leaves me with the impression that Rick Perry is a desperate man, reciting words he can’t possibly believe are true, to win the votes of bigots.

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Update: Internet backlash against this ad has been swift and furious. Currently (9 a.m. on Dec. 8), the the video on YouTube has 3,350 likes and 148,063 (!) dislikes.

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Related post: Rick Perry reminds us he’s a bad debater.

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— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Advertising, Politics

One comment

  1. TJ Tipton says:

    If the truth offends then it offends. This country was built on God (for those that don’t know) The Father of Jesus Christ. Our children have been silenced while those who oppose Judea Christian beliefs have a right to spout their lies. I don’t go around screaming I’m straight. Get real people make bad decisions being gay is one of them. If that’s your decision you don’t have the right to flaunt it while my children are silenced by stupidity of godless liberals. YEAH Rick Perry for taking a stand for what is RIGHT!

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