Rick Perry has announced that he now considers nearly all forms of abortion wrong. According to the Texan governor, a woman who has been raped by her own brother should be prohibited from having an abortion. Of course, Rick Perry was never going to win the award for being liberal of the year. He has overseen too many executions and released too many anti-gay adverts for that.
This is a man who said he had no worries about the fact he had permitted over 234 executions in Texas. One of those who was executed, Todd Willingham, is now considered by experts to have actually been innocent. For a man who apparently respects life so much that a raped teenager cannot abort an unwanted foetus, it is surprising that he has such a penchant for punishment of the capital variety.
If Perry isn’t done with curtailing women’s rights and killing people he can move onto gay bashing. In his infamous television advert ‘Strong’, Perry swaggers through woodland sporting a cheeky smile and what looks suspiciously like Heath Ledger’s outfit from Brokeback Mountain. He then intones, ‘I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian’.
It’s good to know that in a country like the United States of America Perry is not ashamed to admit he is a Christian. We must all consider how it’s a really hard thing for a governor of Texas running to be the Republican Presidential nominee to announce that he is a Christian. I wonder if, through this perpetual struggle to be recognised and respected for who he truly is, Rick Perry finds some empathy for other people who aren’t ashamed to tell others about themselves?
As he strolls through the beautiful woodland to the sounds of some ridiculous music Perry gets to the heart of his message:
‘…you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know 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.’
The dreadful image of a Christian country crumbling at the hands of hordes of immoral gays is one which haunts so many Republican minds. For only this can explain the sheer amount of political energy spent beating back a tiny minority they have probably never met who only want the same rights as everyone else. Perry realises this and ‘Strong’ conjures this recurring nightmare. How can gays serve in the military when children can’t celebrate Christmas? President Obama has such an inversion of values. He must be an atheist or a Muslim or something!