The city of Detroit is “ground zero” for the culture wars, raves preacher Lou Engle, who has begun to stage overnight prayer events intended to convert Muslims to Christianity through revelations in their sleep. This the latest news from Rachel Maddow, who reminded her audience last night that kooky religious extremism was not foreign to the United States, nor foreign to politics– Engle, it turns out, participated in last summer’s Rick Perry prayer event.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who is expected to announce his presidential candidacy in the next few weeks, will start to change that on Saturday, by hosting a day of prayer and fasting in Houston dubbed “The Response.”
Some of the groups and figures involved in prayer event are highly controversial. Following the Fort Hood shootings two years ago, a top official at the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, said Muslims should be not allowed to serve in the U.S. military. He has also suggested Adolf Hitler and the German soldiers who carried out the Holocaust were gay, and their sexual orientation was part of the reason they orchestrated the mass killings.
David Carney, Perry’s top political adviser, said that economic issues will be the biggest focus in next year’s election, but he argued that voters would not punish a candidate for talking about his religion.