Gov. Rick Perry Uses Texas to Spread His Hate

Secular Texas yesterday called on Governor Rick Perry to apologize for his comments regarding the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to admit gay scouts. Perry issued a statement last Thursday expressing his disappointment in the decision. Perry and Congressman Louie Gohmert went on the anti-gay Family Research Council’s radio show the next day. Perry stated during the radio interview that God would hold the Boy Scouts of America accountable for its decision. Gohmert stated in the same interview that the decision of the Boy Scouts of America would lead to older gay scouts raping younger scouts.

A spokesman for Secular Texas said,

“We find it abhorrent that Governor Perry would be associated with such false and inflammatory statements as those made by Congressman Gohmert much less release a statement from the Governor’s office condemning the decision to admit gay scouts. We applaud the Boy Scouts for moving to include gay youths in their organization. Gay citizens of Texas deserve to know if Rick Perry represents them as governor, or just heterosexual Texas citizens.”

Secular Texas released the following open letter to Perry asking for an apology for his comments.

Gov. Rick Perry,

On Thursday, May 23, you used your position as Governor of the State of Texas to release an official statement through the Office of the Governor attempting to shame the Boy Scouts of America for their decision to end discrimination against homosexual boys wishing to be Scouts. As Governor of the State of Texas it is neither your duty nor your privilege to use the office to further your own personal prejudices and religious beliefs.

Does a child’s sexual orientation make him less deserving or able to enjoy and learn from the scouting experience in your eyes? Do all of our children, regardless of sexual preference, not deserve equal treatment and opportunity? Further, to cloak this hate in the guise of family values, suggesting that homosexuals are less deserving or less capable of healthy family relationships, is ignorant and shameful.

As Governor of Texas it is your constitutional responsibility to stand up for the rights of all Texans and to ensure that all Texans are treated equally by the government, including homosexual Texans. By shaming the BSA for their decision you have neglected to equally represent all citizens of Texas. You have called for the discrimination of our fellow citizens by a private organization based on your personal opinion. In addition, you have born false witness against the citizens of Texas that do not believe homosexuals should be shamed or discriminated against. You have done these things not as an individual citizen expressing a personal opinion, but as the Governor of Texas.

Your actions in this situation are unacceptable. We respectfully request that you officially withdraw your statement and issue an apology to the citizens of Texas for whom you have failed to stand.

In the future, if you wish to express your personal opinions we are sure you can find a medium other than the official channels of the State or using your position as an elected official of our State by which to have your voice heard.

Respectfully,

Secular Texas

Pray for Rain

This weekend I visited my home town, Wichita Falls, TX. The city that has the Texas Legislature talking about the future of water in Texas. Unless the local weather patterns change drastically from the past several years, Wichita Falls will likely be out of water at the end of the year.

In my visit I got a little taste of the measures they are taking to conserve water and lower usage. The city has declared Stage 2 drought conditions, which means that residents can water their lawns only one day per week, from midnight to sunrise. Residents, however, have found a way around this. As I walked through my parents neighborhood I realized why there were lush green lawns across town. While it is easy to get caught watering your lawn with a big sprinkler display, if you lay soaker-hoses throughout your lawn you can water without attracting attention to yourself. After all, they do have the right to water their turf grass, and who is going to tell them otherwise?

The city has also decided to allow the local water park, Castaway Cove, to open for business in two weeks, running a wave pool, lazy river, slides and other pools and rides. My grandfather told me he is adding half an inch to an inch a day to keep his small residential pool full (which has also not been stopped by the city). I cannot even imagine how much water will be lost to evaporation at the water park.

“So,” you might be asking, “If the city and residents aren’t taking measure to slow their loss of water, what is their plan?” Well… they’re going to let God figure that out. In lawns across the city, small blue yard signs are posted, reading, “Pray for Rain,” referencing 1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing.

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To increase the irony even further, the yards with these signs were, almost without fail, among the greenest yards in their neighborhoods. “Pray for Rain!” Because I’m sure as hell not going to stop watering my lawn!

Businesses are getting in on the action, as well. Perm-O-Green, a yard service company, has continued to fertilize customer’s yards on normal schedules, without consultation with customers beforehand. Once a yard has been fertilized, if it is not watered you can be sure that the grass will not just remain dormant, but actually die. But don’t worry, they have a plan, too:

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It’s not a different plan, but obviously they aren’t too worried about coming up with creative solutions.

So this is the plan. To act like nothing is happening. To wait for sky-daddy to come to the rescue. But when that doesn’t work, it is the rest of Texas that will be making sacrifices to ensure the safety and continuance of Wichita Falls. It is our water that we will find a way to get to them, and it is our tax dollars that will be used to do so.