Who’s Coming to Rick Perry’s Pray-a-Thon? June 12, 2011

Who’s Coming to Rick Perry’s Pray-a-Thon?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has invited all 49 other governors to join him for a massive, worthless pray-in.

Who’s in and who’s out?


Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder.

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal.

California’s Governor Jerry Brown.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin.

Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin.


Kansas’ Governor Sam Brownback.

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  • Anyone who is listed under the “In:” column should be voted “Out” asap.

  • dawn
  • As soon as I heard about Rick Perry doing this, I sent Sam Doesn’t-Have-My-Back a letter. I obviously have no influence. His ideology and social agenda are the biggest problems KS faces… his attendance at this prayer-fest just highlights it even more. What an embarrassment he is.

  • Muxika

    How about a Get-Off-Your-Ass-a-Thon?

  • Annie

    Well, Florida’s governor is still undecided… but he apparently signed a proclamation titled “Day of Prayer for Our Nation”. You can read the gory, and very comical, details here:


    For the record, I voted for Alex Sink.

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  • Gneekman

    Well, Rick Snyder is doing something right, for once. Even though I disagree with his policies, at least he’s come down on the side of actually getting shit done than asking an imaginary friend to make it all better.

  • Jon Peterson

    While I doubt Jerry Brown actually read the (very) longwinded email I sent, I’m glad to hear he’s officially “Out” on this one.

  • Diane

    Way to go Jerry Brown!

  • Colt

    Yay, my two favorite states, California and Michigan, are OUT! 🙂

  • wright1

    Good grief, has Jerry Brown actually done something I can respect? Now if he can just keep the momentum going…

  • TheRealistMom/Spamamander

    Wow, I am disappoint. Apparently Christine Gregoire will be declaring August 6th a “Day of Prayer” here in Washington, though she will not be attending the event.

  • Annie

    I was thinking we should organize activities for the day as well. At first, I was thinking kickball, but what about doing something that will actually do some good? Like a “National Day of Reason”. People could choose to clean up trash, help an elderly person, read some peer-reviewed journal articles about, say, climate change, teach a child how to read, make a few metal wire compost bins to give to neighbors, or perhaps reusable grocery bags out of old t-shirts…

  • Alice

    If you look at any of their reasons for not attending, they aren’t because they suddenly give a damn about church/state separation or being religiously neutral for the benefit of non-Christian voters.

  • Rich Wilson

    +1 @Alice
    For me it’s not so much the not going, but the why not going.

  • Pretty sure NJ’s gov Chris Christie (aka The GOP’s New Messiah) is out. Not a fan and didn’t vote for him, but at least he’s making the correct decision here.

    Of course, he also won’t reject teaching creationism in public school (punted to local schoolboards). Love those Repubs!!!

  • Ross


    Brownback is setting the state of KS back by decades with all of the crap he is doing. What is wrong with KS?

  • Well, this is the first time I have approved of something Snyder has done, even if the why of it may not be something I’d approve of.

  • Surprisingly, Gov. Corbett of PA hasn’t made any move in either direction. I was sure he’d be jumping right on the bandwagon.

  • Alex

    Nathan Deal is out? I’m surprised. Well, I guess he’s done at least one thing right.

  • Chris

    Sam Brownback of Kansas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Additionally, Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Christine Gregoire of Washington are expected to declare August 6 a day of prayer in their own states.

  • There’s going to be a big picket of Perry’s Prayer Palooza! On the sidewalk just outside of the Reliant Complex, for all to see. 🙂


  • Vystrix Nexoth

    No word on Oregon governor Kitzhaber (D) that I can find. I couldn’t really say whether he’s the type to do it, either. ‹Shrug›

  • Erp

    I’m not surprised at Jerry Brown not going. Note this isn’t just a Christian event but a sectarian Christian event. I’m not sure how welcome Catholics and in particular liberal Catholics such as Jerry Brown would be.

    A day of service might be an idea. Or perhaps a day (or week) of education about the problems each state faces.

  • Anonymous

    Nathan Deal is out? I’m surprised. Well, I guess he’s done at least one thing right.

    He’s protecting his corporate constituency, Home Depot.


  • I don’t have a link but when I emailed Governor Dalrymple of North Dakota I received the following response from his Constituent Service Director:

    In checking with the Governor’s scheduler I find that the Governor has already committed to an event in North Dakota on August 6th and therefore would not be considering a request to attend this meeting.

    So we can probably count that as an out… Hopefully.

  • Kari

    Ugh… Rick Snyder. I just want to say that I did not vote for him, so it’s not my fault.

  • justin

    According to CNN, Jindal “hopes” to go. He continues to embarrass us.

  • I live halfway round the world from the USA and I know exactly two governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger (who isn’t even the governator anymore) and Sam Brownback. Oh yes, Brownback is that big a tool that even we Brits have heard of him. Please encourage him to stand for President in the next run of elections. He was so funny last time.

  • Ceilidh

    I’m not sure how welcome Catholics and in particular liberal Catholics such as Jerry Brown would be.

    Sam Brownback is VERY Catholic.

  • I don’t know anything about Oklahoma’s governor, so maybe it was expected, but I think it sends a good message that the governor of such a conservative state isn’t going.

    Rick Perry is a tool. Although it’s been a while since I moved to California from Texas, I can say that he wasn’t all that well liked when I left, even by the republicans. But he was “the lesser of two evils.”

  • Larry Meredith

    Just watched June 10th episode of Rachel Maddow. Nice long segment at the begining about Rick Perry and his national call for prayer sponsored by American Family Association. She attacks AFA for is anti-abortion and anti-homosexual stance, but says absolutely nothing about how its illegal for a government official to endorse religion or coerce people into religious activities. I can’t be the only one that’s pissed about that, can I?

  • Rich h

    Not a governor…. but the Houston Atheists meetup group will be there… protesting, of course..

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