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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally ‘on behalf of our troubled nation’

June 6, 2011, 1:47 p.m. Updated June 6, 2011, 7:42 p.m.

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— Gov. Sam Brownback plans to attend a daylong Christian rally of prayer and fasting in Houston that organizers say is aimed at helping the country during its “historic crisis.”

Brownback accepted an invitation to the Aug. 6 event at Reliant Stadium from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to Brownback’s spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag. Both Perry and Brownback are Republicans.

Jones-Sontag said Brownback will pay his own expenses.

Perry, who has reportedly been considering a presidential run, said on the event’s website, “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

The organizer of the event, which is called The Response, is the American Family Association. On its website, the AFA states its mission “is to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture, and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.”

The event website described the United States as in a “historic crisis” and “has not honored God.” The event is free and open to the public but requires registration, which can be found at registration.afa.net. Fasting is recommended, but there will be some food vendors and water for sale.

In 2009, while serving in the U.S. Senate, Brownback was one of the speakers on a live video “PrayerCast” to oppose health care reform that was then being debated in Congress. That event was sponsored by the Family Research Council.

Perry’s invitation to governors across the country to attend the event raised concerns with the Interfaith Alliance, which describes itself as an organization that promotes policies that protect religion and democracy.

“Gov. Perry has every right to pray or fast in private or with others,” said Interfaith Alliance President Dr. C. Welton Gaddy. “However, when he uses his public office in any way to promote a sectarian event, he has crossed a line that the framers of our Constitution did not want crossed for the good of both religion and government,” he said.

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

http://bit.ly/is7yb0 from secular news about hate groups AFA

"AFA’s Bryan Fischer “has blamed gays for the Holocaust, […] called on Muslims to convert to Christianity or face the wrath of U.S. military power” and asserted that church-state separation “came directly from the mind of Adolf Hitler.” AFA objected to a Hindu clergyman giving the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate, and several of its supporters tried to disrupt the ceremony. AFA has demanded that every member of Congress be sworn in on the Bible, thus specifically excluding secular Americans and people of other religions such as Hindus or Muslims. Most recently, AFA called for a boycott of Home Depot because the store supports “homosexual activism.” Brownback might as well as join the Westboro Baptist church.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, I personally don't need a whole group to pray. But I'll be praying for Kansans to come to their senses, and vote out Brownback at the next election. I however will not make a profit from creating a rally for prayer. I will not profit from other people's prayers. I will not take anyone's hard earned money to pray for them. I certainly would never force anyone to pray with me, or assume that they pray to the same god or goddess that I do. I would like to see the profits earned from this rally, and even more importantly, what political palms will be greased.

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jaywalker 2 years, 10 months ago

Let me get this straight: a man is going to go pray for a day? So the left 'round these parts feel justified in releasing their own dogs of intolerance and cynicism?

Way to practice what you preach, folks.

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woodscolt 2 years, 10 months ago

slimeback is coming slimeback is coming slimeback is coming. Oh, he's already here. Scrooge is going to Texas to pray against the people.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

M-12 Geez pay attention, does government involved in art ring a bell.

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tange 2 years, 10 months ago

Hu nu the opiate of the masses would prove to be the lubricant extraordinaire for modern conservative, capitalist political machinery?

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

What happened to the Democratic Party? Used to be the party of choice, the party of freedom. Protests for freedom, if it feels good do it.

Sam and the rest of us conservatives want government out of our lives. You are the reason so many people wake up/grow up and leave the party.

Re-read the posts on this thread. Wow you folks really want to tell the rest of us how to live. From where and what to eat, what to drive, where to live, to who should have religious freedom.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 10 months ago

Here's what bothers me the most--using prayer to God to garner support for your political agenda. Using terms like "family" and "Christian" and "God" as if your political opinions are somehow appointed from the Divine Creator when the truth is exactly the opposite. If Jesus is the model let's take a look at what he did and said, right? He HEALED the people--ALL the people--and said for us to do the same---He said LOVE, actually CHARITY which presupposes SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS was the MOST IMPORTANT characteristic that his followers could have and act upon--he never offered conditions for anyone of these--never said only help the rich or only help those who you deem worthy--he said help ALL those who come into your path....Jesus said LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS....turn the other cheek.... So, tell me Mr. Brownback...in your prayers are you praying to keep Social Security so that the poor elderly can survive? Are you praying that we keep Medicare? Are you praying that health providers will lower their profits so that every person can benefit and be healed? Are you praying for single parents and hungry children? Are you praying for social programs that provide food and shelter for the poor and needy? I can cite hundreds of scriptures in the Christian Bible that say these are the foundations of what Jesus the Christ said....how is it that what you DO and what you PRAY for are so totally different? I have a suggestion for you and your prayerful wealthy friends---Work hard on how you are going to get that camel through the eye of the needle in the end because as much as you say His name, He will say He knew you not.

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Stuart Evans 2 years, 10 months ago

Hey Sam, go home early, on behalf of me!

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Barry Watts 2 years, 10 months ago

I have some bad news for the liberal bloggers... You live in the state of Kansas. We are a conservative state. Proud of it. We believe in the rights of individual states to make their own laws pertaining to their people. What the East coast and West coast wants, and thinks is intellectually superior, is not wanted here. We are proud of our conservative values. There maybe a few pockets of liberal radicals, especially here in Lawrence, but beyond that, the majority of Kansas want a more conservative state. Not to be rude, but if you don't like it (ie the "Kansas as bigoted as you think" bumper sticker owners), please move elsewhere. You have the right to your opinions and free speech, but you seem so miserable at the idea of living in this conservative state. We welcome you here, but maybe you would be happier elsewhere. Just a thought.

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tange 2 years, 10 months ago

With Kansans now thoroughly rendered by Caesar, I suppose it's only fitting that he render unto his "God."

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Kate Rogge 2 years, 10 months ago

He's a C Street tool intent on making us a Christian theme park on his way to the White House.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

WM: "and President Obama doesn't bring up religion?" === Excellent point; almost all the politicians do, particularly the president. We will know we are making progress when, someday an avowed athiest or agnostic can get elected to the Presidency. We will REALLY know we are making progress if he has bad teeth, is bald or balding and is 5 foot 5 inches tall. Right now, the requirements seem to be good teeth, at least six foot tall and good hair. Oh, and a billion dollars to run a campaign. Again, good point.

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Lacy Mohler 2 years, 10 months ago

Wonder if the Westboro Baptist Church will also attend? Sounds right up their alley.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

You folks do realize Brownback ran on the exact platform he's accomplishing now. Fair and square election too. A national laughingstock would be of course groups from Lawrence trying a futile recall.

Good grief, for you folks who wish to move to another state, keep this up and someday the rest of the state may come in and move us. Chicago? Boston? Manhattan NY?

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kugrad 2 years, 10 months ago

I am offended by such a public display of religion by the Governor of our state. I don't mind if he wants to attend as a private citizen without making a big hoopla about it, but he isn't doing that. Despite supposedly paying his way (I'm sure taxpayers will be paying for security and so forth), he is appearing as the Governor of Kansas and as part of a long-term attempt to run for president.

Brownback said, " As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.” This is totally inappropriate speech for a Governor. Our nation is not made up entirely of Christians. Why would I want to call on Jesus when I don't believe in God? Why does Jesus get thanks for the blessings, not blame for the supposed crisis? If another person whose employment was paid for by taxpayer dollars - a teacher for example - asked children to call on Jesus it would be accepted as inappropriate by all but the far right. It is wrong for the Governor to tell the citizens of Kansas who we need to thank. If Brownback was a member of any other religion, there would be an uproar. If he was an atheist and told us all to thank the Earth that created us, people would have strokes over it. If he was a Buddhist or Muslim or Taoist, can you imagine the uproar? I don't mind some references to God in public life, but this goes beyond that and on to a specific God and a specific set of Christian beliefs. It is wholly inappropriate.

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verity 2 years, 10 months ago

Merrill, if you can find a way to make a recall in Kansas work, I'm in.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php...

"The number of valid signatures required for a recall election is 40 percent of the number of persons that voted in the last preceding election for the office of the incumbent sought to be recalled. The circulation has 90 days in which it can be circulated."

Forty percent of the voters in the last election in 90 days.

Then I'm sure the names would all have to be validated.

Further "In Kansas, the governor is responsible for appointing a successor to the recalled official. The appointed successor must be a member of the same political party as the officeholder recalled, and must be selected from a list submitted by a committee of the political party of the person recalled."

So either Brownback would be appointing his own successor or his Lt. Governor would become governor---not sure how that plays out. But we would't get a new election.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

Listen, folks, recall is BS. Get over it. If we don't like his policies, we need to advocate against them and see if anyone votes in 2012, assuming he's still around. Since the world ends 'for real' this October or, failing that, when the Mayan calendar runs out, we may not have to worry. If Muscular Sam is still around in 2012 and deigns to seek another term, that's the chance to make a statement. Recall of any public official is nearly impossible and requires serious malfeasance, not just what some see as misguided policies. Deep breaths.......

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

"Wonder if the 800,000 who didn't bother to vote have an opinion now?"

They can always participate in a recall effort.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Texas Prayer Rally is nowhere close to god but quite close to big time special interest campaign dollars. He has not forgot the ways of the beltway = 6-8 hours a day seeking corrupt campaign money.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 10 months ago

Ironically enough, this country is troubled because of places like Texas and people like Bback

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verity 2 years, 10 months ago

From the article posted above by Paul Getto (which, by the way, I posted and tried to get people to read before the election):

"When he ran for the House he was a Methodist. By the time he ran for the Senate he was an evangelical. Now he has become a Catholic. He was baptized not in a church but in a chapel tucked between lobbyists' offices on K Street that is run by Opus Dei, the secretive lay order founded by a Catholic priest who advocated "holy coercion" and considered Spanish dictator Francisco Franco an ideal of worldly power. . . ."

"On Sundays, Brownback rises at dawn so he can catch a Catholic Mass before meeting Mary and the kids at Topeka Bible Church . . . "

"'I have seen him weep,' growls Colson, anointing Brownback with his highest praise. Such are the new American crusaders: tear-streaked strong men huddling together to talk about their feelings before they march forth, their sentimental faith sharpened and their man-feelings hardened into 'natural law.' They are God's promise keepers, His defenders of marriage, His knights of the fetal citizen. They are the select few who embody the paradoxical love promised by Christ when he declares -- in Matthew 10:34 -- 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.'"

If you really want to know what is going on in Mr. Brownback's mind, you really should read this article.

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BigAl 2 years, 10 months ago

You make an excellent point jayhawklawrence. I also think Brownback should be questioned why he is going out of his way to affiliate himself with an obvious hate group like this AFA outfit.

Like you say, criticizing a man for his faith is not taking the high road. But, the manner in which he is doing this and the people he is associating with is very much worth looking into.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't think criticizing a man for his faith is taking the high road.

People are making a lot of assumptions about the man's faith and it's effect on his politics.

If you don't like the man's political decisions or opinions that is a different matter, but in politics these days, character assasination is part of the game.

I just don't think this will lead to better policies which we are in dire need of for this country to get back to a competitive position in the global economy.

I think a better strategy to deal with Brownback is to force him to explain his policies and to expect accountibility and transparency. If he is moving all control to the governor's office then he is going to have to assume all the risk and be ready to answer for the results.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 10 months ago

Here w've got a group of pious governors wanting to spend an entire day off duty, locked in prayer while listening to one anothers stomachs growl. And the business of praying keeps them from visiting with one another to verbally exchange helpful ideas. Doesn't this pretty much cancel any real benefit of them praying together in one place?

Why don't these governors make their group praying and fasting be a private affair conducted by teleconference call? The technology exists. Anybody sneaks a few bites of steak off camera, their chef won't tell.

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MattyPro12 2 years, 10 months ago

Perry is right, we should come together as a nation that day and pray for a solution to our problems.

A solution like a massive sinkhole engulfing Reliant Stadium or the roof colapsing. Something like that would be a good start at solving the problems of this nation.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

cait48 These sorts of things have been going on quietly for quite some time. (C Street Gang anyone?) Now, they are so emboldened as to bring them out publicly. Perhaps the ACLU will take notice. === "The Los Angeles Times examined the Fellowship Foundation's ministry records and archives (before they were sealed), as well as documents obtained from several presidential libraries and found that the Fellowship Foundation had extraordinary access and significant influence over U.S. foreign affairs for the last 75 years.[6]"=== http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fell... The C-Street Cult originated in the 1930's and is slowly gaining influence over the body politic. Notice they sealed their records once people started sniffing around too much. I'm not into conspiracy theories, but these folks are wielding huge influence, much of it deliberately behind the scenes.

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

"Doing beats praying every time". That pretty much says it all.

Brownlack needs to hire a new public relations person if he's going to keep up this malarkey. I am not impressed.

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BigAl 2 years, 10 months ago

wissmo, call it drivel if you choose. That is your right. I never once called Brownback hateful. I never said he should go on his own time. I never called him a bigot. etc.....

I am saying he is a far-right wing religious nut. I think he will be and has been harmful for Kansas. He is a hypocrit in blasting the stimulus programs while accepting personal farm subsidies on the backs of Kansas taxpayers. As a voter, a veteran and an American, it is my right to say so.

Again, it isn't all nonsense and drivel.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

toe, me too, me too. I've never read so much nonsense drivel in my entire life than what I just scrolled though.

I will paraphrase........Brownback is hateful, should attend church on his time, not attend church while governor, uneducated, has no ethics, has too many ethics, has marching orders, is clueless, should not be allowed to practice his religion since it's Christianity, hope he is killed by a storm, he's a bigot, destroyer of Kansas, looking for right wing money??, Elmer Gantry,

I think Gov. Brownback would be OK to attend if he either flies standby or drives to Texas in a '94 Dodge Caravan with good tires, but the A/C needs work.

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jackson8 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe I'm reading too much into this article. But doesn't it say, "...Brownback will pay his own expenses." Okay, so he's paying his way. Great. Maybe most of you didn't read the full article because it seems you all keep belly-aching like the State is paying for his trip. Also, August 6 appears to be on a Saturday. So he's going over a weekend and paying his own way...Alert the Press!!! How dare he!!!

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ratfamily 2 years, 10 months ago

seriously...i'm not sure if i can flush this thing.

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BigAl 2 years, 10 months ago

We have Brownback praying in Texas (a staged political religious right rally) and we have Kobach working in and for Arizona (and others).
Tell me again why we voted for them, and are paying them, to work for Kansas?

Could be that Brownie is using some of his personal farm subsidies to pay for the trip. Cut the arts but keep Brownback's farm subsidies. Sounds about right.

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 10 months ago

It is really nice of him to pray for us after making us grad our ankles.

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ratfamily 2 years, 10 months ago

I just took a huge dump...it was epic.

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toe 2 years, 10 months ago

I particularly hope he keeps Lawrence in his prayers.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

LoL...they are all so full of crap then when they get caught sending naked pics of themselves across the Net...

both parties are a bunch of weasels with trouser - trout problems.....this is high school /college animal-house antics....they use God as their shield...oh i am sorry i let everyone down including my family. .....duh! what a joke!

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kusadgirl 2 years, 10 months ago

Just be thankful we don't have Rick Perry as our Gov. Regardless of how great his hair is.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

"To clarify what I mean by "bastardized Christianity...." ====== including making the J-ster himself, the great ESSENE teacher, into a bastard as well. "“Topeka — U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Tuesday filed to run for governor, announced his lieutenant governor running mate, and promised to grow the economy, change the school finance formula and protect families.” The headline should read: “God sends his messenger to destroy a once progressive Midwestern state.” --- or ---- Sharlot, Jeff, RollingStone “God’s Senator” January 25,2006 http://www.yuricareport.com/PoliticalAnalysis/GodsSenatorBrownback.html

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tjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Governor Brownback is a Christian. Why should so many people be upset with him for following after his convictions. I am proud of him for actively participating in an event that he feels strongly about.

Since when is standing for "decency" a bad thing.

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Kookamooka 2 years, 10 months ago

Screw the State then run away and pray. Sounds like a bad strategy for governance.

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Erin Graham 2 years, 10 months ago

Cowboy!!! Thank you for your last sentence- I was just about to post THIS:

A rally where people " [describe] the United States as in a “historic crisis” and “has not honored God.”" ... and they think that everything everybody else that doesn't follow their specific beliefs to a T is damned, and as a result our nation is damned...... and we all need to be like them "or else".. and they're a little nutty about it all...

Sound familiar?? (Hint: look to a lovely bunch of residents of that town to the east about 20 miles...)

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parrotuya 2 years, 10 months ago

We have a crisis of stupidity in out nation today. I pray that Brownback and his fellow governors never return. Maybe a natural disaster will swallow them up! Good riddance to praying governors, we are better off without them!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

Kansas: "As Bigoted As You Think!"

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cowboy 2 years, 10 months ago

Two of the main duties that AFA assigns to itself are "promoting the centrality of God in American life" and "promoting the Christian ethic of decency." "Indecent" influences in American culture include: television, the separation of church and state, pornography, "the homosexual agenda," premarital sex, legal abortion, the National Endowment for the Arts, gambling, unfiltered internet access in libraries, and the removal of school-sponsored religious worship from public schools. For over twenty years, one of AFA's primary activities has been the organization of boycotts against sponsors of TV shows with "anti-Christian" messages and ideas. A few of the hundreds of boycott targets on AFA's list have included "Saturday Night Live," "Roseanne," "Nightline," "NYPD Blue," "Ellen," and "Desperate Housewives." "The church and this nation cry out for a revival of masculine Christianity, which is to say that we church leaders need to stop being such, for lack of a better word, sissies when it comes to social and political issues. We need to spend as much time confronting perpetrators as we do comforting victims. We need to do less fretting, and more fighting for righteousness. For every motherly, feminine ministry of the church such as a Crisis Pregnancy Center or ex-gay support group, we need a battle-hardened, take-it-to-the-enemy masculine ministry like Operation Rescue (questions of civil disobedience aside). For every God-hating radical in government, academia and media we need a bold, no-nonsense, truth-telling Christian counterpart: trained, equipped and endorsed by the local church."— Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika and former Director of AFA California (source)

"Under homosexual activists' political agenda, our children would face a future in which traditional marriage and families have been legally devalued, while state government— despite the severe threat it poses to personal and public health— not only legally endorses but uses our tax dollars to subsidize deadly homosexual behavior."— Gary Glenn, Director of AFA Michigan (Press Release, February 17, 2001)

Brown Hack , you can just join a Phelps demonstration and save us all the airfare to Texas you right wing bigot crusader.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 10 months ago

These sorts of things have been going on quietly for quite some time. (C Street Gang anyone?) Now, they are so emboldened as to bring them out publicly. Perhaps the ACLU will take notice.

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mutualrespect37 2 years, 10 months ago

It's wonderful to have a governor so committed to the separation of church and state--someone I can really respect (For the slower crowd out there, I mean this point ironically).

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tunahelper 2 years, 10 months ago

Governor Brownback is my Hero!

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Barry Watts 2 years, 10 months ago

"separation of church and state" Show me this in the U.S. Constitution.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 10 months ago

Gong to texas to see his nut case buddy perry who wants to secede from the US . Maybe he's looking for tips on how to continue to be an idiot.

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witchfindergeneral 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm not a Christian, so forgive me (a major tenet of Christianity, yes?) if the following questions are somewhat ignorant, but what's the deal with collective prayer meetings/events?

Does God listen more attentively if His believers all gather together to pray the same thing, at the same time?

Do the prayers have to originate from a within a specific geographic area, hence the rally?

Could the persons planning to gather in Texas simply plan to pray a certain time (taking into account various time zones, of course) for a similar result, without wasting resources traveling to Houston, organizing the event, decorating, etc.?

Do similar prayers get more of His attention, or do all the individual, inter-related prayers somehow (I'm no theologian) coalesce into a mega-prayer?

So many questions, no definitive answers to be had (ever).

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Corey Williams 2 years, 10 months ago

matthew 25:35-40 "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

What would jesus have you do?

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 10 months ago

Gotta love Il Marrone's partisans coming around to spout off about religious freedom and patriotism and all that.

They, and Il Marrone, also want you to be afeared of our Muslim President. They also want you to know that it is only the "liberals" who are paranoid.

Oh, and the President is a dirty, dirty Muslim and that has nothing to do with Il Marrone's religious freedom.

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Alceste 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm helping to pay for this guy to go hob nob in the name of Jesus? Where can I opt out?

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beatrice 2 years, 10 months ago

God listens to your prayers much more closely when you make a big show of it.

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mutualrespect37 2 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe people like Governor Brownback flatter themselves that they are part of the solution instead of the source of the problem to begin with. His belief system is symptomatic of Kansas as a whole though. Everybody and everything is so down the rabbit hole or living in Oz that complete yahoos walk around with salvation complexes acting like they are God's gracious gift of assistance and not just a bunch of insufferable, intrusive, not very bright busybodies. Rule by the incompetent likely wasn't invented here but surely pretty close.

Today learned a new word: Ahimsa. It means do no harm. For starters, this might mean to stop flattering yourself complete strangers will welcome your kiss-to-kill intrusions in their lives. Few people knowing you are a Kansas mountain person are going to believe you have the power or ability to help anyone. Unconsciously, this"helpful" attitude is actually based on an offensive drive to dominate and kill--the role of dumb white people all over the western world but particularly a problem in places like KS and MS.

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Glenn Reed 2 years, 10 months ago

A "prayercast" opposing health-care reform doesn't seem very christ-like. At least from my admittedly-limited understanding of the guy. I recall hearing about him doing such things as healing people. Making the blind see. Heck, even making the dead walk again! And not in the normal zombie-style walk-again type thing, either. I don't recall anything about costs for these services. Might say that's a hell of a health plan...

Jokes aside...

For the most part, when people do a prayer-related event, they do it because they hope it'll help someone. Asking your god to block health care reform doesn't seem to fall into that category. Even if you were opposed to the health-care plan in question, praying for a better health plan that would help more people would make far more sense.

The other thing that concerns me about this article is Brownback's apparent affiliation with the American Family Association. There's little difference between the WBC and the AFA, at least from my quick skim of their website . We shouldn't support a politician who is connected to a hate group. It doesn't matter if the hate group in question chooses to justify their position with religious belief.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 10 months ago

In other news, unicorns will spray faerie dust and magical farts on the country, so we are saved!

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 10 months ago

Saw a great poster once. Prayer: A way to do nothing and still feel like you're helping.

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M_12 2 years, 10 months ago

Isn't it obvious that Brownback is courting the VP bid on the Perry ticket?

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gatekeeper 2 years, 10 months ago

Sam needs to remember what the New Testament says:

Matthew 6:5 - 6:7 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

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somedude20 2 years, 10 months ago

As one of the people who pays this fool's salary, I say no, you cannot go. There is way too much work to be done for you to take more time off of work and give attention to something that odds are, is not even real. I should ask my boss to have some time off in Oct so I can wait for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch or maybe we can hold a prayer service for the Loch Ness Monster

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PaladKik 2 years, 10 months ago

I wish he was like Weiner from New York. Or John Edwards from South Carolina. Or even Bill Clinton from Arkansas. These men are real representatives of the people. They know how to lead the people. Their values are perfect for a state that needs guidence.

Brownback is a fringe element. A valueless, ethically defunct skygod worshiper. He no good for Kansas.

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question4u 2 years, 10 months ago

TEHRAN — Gov. Morteza Tamaddon plans to attend an Aug. 6 "day of fasting and prayer on behalf of our troubled nation."

The event is being held in Masshad. Tammadon was invited by Khorasan Gov. Mahmoud Salahi, a fellow Conservative who has reportedly been thinking about running for president.

Salahi has invited all the nation's governors to the prayer rally which is being funded by the Iranian Family Association. On its website, the IFA says its missions "is to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of Iranian culture, and give aid to the mosque here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission."

Anisa hashemi, a spokeswoman for Tamaddon, said Salahi was a friend of Tamaddon's. She gave no other reason for the Kansas governor going to the rally.

So far, Tamaddon is the only governor who has accepted the invitation, according to report by The Tehran Morning News.

In 2009, while serving in the Iranian Senate, Tamaddon was one of the speakers on a live video “PrayerCast” to oppose health care reform that was being debated in Parliament. That event was sponsored by the Family Research Council.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 10 months ago

Any doubt now that sam thinks he is elmer gantry?

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Richard Payton 2 years, 10 months ago

Sam Brownback sent out a flyer asking if I thought Governors should pray which I replied "yes". What I didn't know that his plans included flying to Texas to pray. Does this trip use the State of Kansas taxpayer's money or will he be flying in a private jet?

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

If the skygod were real, she'd zap this gathering in an omnipotent heartbeat.

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bd 2 years, 10 months ago

typical paranoid librerals!

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naturalist 2 years, 10 months ago

I just hope we taxpayers aren't paying for this optional, random trip.

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gudpoynt 2 years, 10 months ago

Wouldn't it be ironic if, in the middle of praying to God for an answer to the world's problems, God actually answers with a massive earthquake that gobbles up Reliant stadium?

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Ray March 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow! He attended a "prayercast" held by a group that calls themselves the "FAMILY Research Council" to plea to God that "Families" not receive access to health care.

I wonder what they will pray for this time? Maybe they will get with the "CHILD Research Center" to pray that "Children" don't get access to a good education.

OH WAIT! He's already accomplished that in cutting education funding to Kansas kids.

Maybe he will get together with the "Puppy Research Council" to figure out a way to eliminate puppies! :)

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Beth Bird 2 years, 10 months ago

Who is paying for his trip? It had better come out of his own personal funds!

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beatrice 2 years, 10 months ago

On the bright side, by going to Texas, Brownback won't have to sacrifice a Kansas virgin.

Ya gotta love that he previously prayed against health care. I guess Jesus, being into that whole health and healing thing himself, decided not to pay attention to those prayers.

Happy kneeling!

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Brownback is looking for more special interest campaign money from right wing texans and associates.

This is using God as a front for corruption. Typical approach for neocon christian fundamentalist politicians. Yep they lie too!

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Ralph Reed 2 years, 10 months ago

From Right Wing Watch. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-family-association

The AFA used to call themselves the Foundation for Decency. They're based out of Tupelo, Miss. A couple of things from that page. "# Two of the main duties that AFA assigns to itself are "promoting the centrality of God in American life" and "promoting the Christian ethic of decency."

"Indecent" influences in American culture include: television, the separation of church and state, pornography, "the homosexual agenda," premarital sex, legal abortion, the National Endowment for the Arts, gambling, unfiltered internet access in libraries, and the removal of school-sponsored religious worship from public schools."

It shouldn't surprise any of us that Brownback accepted their invitation, given that he wants to establish a theocracy in Kansas following his model. (Wonder if we'll all have to wear his version of the Mao Suit?)

Brownstripe moments:


ivalueamerica said at 1407: "I suspect you know full well that a political leader can do anything they want..on their off time. But if going as head of the state, then no, they can not. If going on my tax dollars, then no they can not."


If Kansas if paying for the trip, then he can find money to fund education and the arts. Otherwise he goes on his own nickle or pays the State back out of his next paycheck.


The SPLC has labeled the AFA a hate group based on actions such as the following: "Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), has expanded his astounding bigotry to include not just Muslims and LGBT people, but Native Americans as well."

This came from the SPLC Hatewatch on 9 Feb 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/3v3tyml)


Why would Brownback support such an organization?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

"There is hope for America, and we will find it on our knees."

Mabe these smokers can find it between their knees instead.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

Will they be praying to all the multitude of Jesi? I mean, there's Screaming Lead Guitar Jesus, the Great White Buffalo Jesus, the Blond Surfer Dude Jesus. The list goes on. The world is in such dire straits, they need to pray to all of them.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

kthxbi, the Clinton years are behind us now. And that was the last time we were in the black.

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kthxbi 2 years, 10 months ago

Rick Perry said,"There is hope for America, and we will find it on our knees." Hahahahahaha. That could play sooo many ways!

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 10 months ago

Ever since the beginning of this country of USA people have been saying the ends time were near and we are a "trouble nation." Whatever floats their boat, I guess. Perhaps they should make some state proclamation every day should be a day of praying. Novel idea, huh?

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William Weissbeck 2 years, 10 months ago

Then again, I hope Rick Perry runs for president in '12 and is elected. Like going to Vegas, let's go all in and see how this god thing turns out. But like Goldman Sachs, I think I'll be secretly taking the opposite side of that bet.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

At least Rick Perry has good hair like Sam. They can pray for new hair care secrets. Pretty much a big waste of time. Doing beats praying every time.

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mloburgio 2 years, 10 months ago

The budget passed by House Republicans in April 2011 makes radical changes to Medicare. This analysis shows the immediate and long-term impacts of these changes in the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas, which is represented by Rep. Lynn Jenkins. The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It would: • Increase prescription drug costs for 9,300 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $92 million for drugs over the next decade. • Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 111,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district. The Republican proposal would have even greater impacts on individuals in the district age 54 and younger who are not currently enrolled in Medicare. It would: • Deny 530,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits. • Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 108,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54. • Require the 108,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $25.2 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs. • Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 58,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 420,000 individuals in the district who are age 43 or younger. http://docs.house.gov/energycommerce/medicare_2011/KS2.Jenkins.pdf

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William Weissbeck 2 years, 10 months ago

I won't question his religious sincerity, but exactly what is he praying for? Rain? Increased tax revenues? Deliverance from the anti-Christ? Too often, these guys sound too much like Old Testament prophets claiming the country's ills are caused by our collective turning away from god. What next? Shall we rebuild the Temple?

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bd 2 years, 10 months ago

Still a free country! Kinda!

Tea anyone!

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 10 months ago

Why isn't her staying here in Kansas where the problems we elected him to fix continue to get worse?. Who is paying for this trip? Who elected this joke for a governer??

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UNIKU 2 years, 10 months ago

Fasting...yep, that'll fix it....idjet! How about this -- these right wing clowns have a good meal and go at it hard to come up with some solutions.

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50YearResident 2 years, 10 months ago

What ever happened to seperation of Church and State?

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