Rick Perry: Go Back in the Closet

The Texas governor's latest campaign ad uses the LGBT community as fodder for his "family values"

Rick Perry, the Texas governor who’s running for president, released a new campaign ad. And it got our attention for all the wrong reasons. Not only does Perry suggest that gay people should go back into the closet, but he wants children to be able to pray and celebrate religious holidays in public schools – provided they are Christian ones. We sincerely doubt that Perry wants Muslims to start bringing their prayer rugs into grammar school or that Jewish kids light menorahs this month.

“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,” says Perry in the ad. “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.”

There are so many things wrong (not to mention inaccurate) in his statements. The guy who hosted a massive prayer rally with the help of the American Family Association, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, in anticipation of his presidential run has conveniently forgotten about that pesky separation of church and state. He’s also vowed to bring back “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if elected, as well as legislate against same-sex marriage on a federal level. And while we probably don’t have to worry too much about that happening (his once leading numbers have fallen into the single digits in the polls), it’s a sad day when capitalizing on hate becomes the foundation of a political campaign for the highest elected office in the country. Shame on you, Rick Perry.

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