Onward Spiritual Warriors

In addition to the upcoming firestorm of negative ads, Team Mitt is also, of course, relying on some under-the-radar-screen hellfire aimed at stimulating maximum turnout by grassroots conservative foot-soldiers who are probably getting tired of Romney’s ambivalent attitude towards coming right out and telling the truth about the Kenyan Socialist Who Wants to Kill Babies and Persecute Christians.

I don’t know exactly what Rick Perry wants in a Romney administration, but he’s sure out there thumping the tubs, according to this report from RightWingWatch:

Texas governor Rick Perry spoke today on a conference call with extremist pastor Rick Scarborough as part of his “40 Days to Save America” campaign to motivate and organize Religious Right voters. Perry said that the separation of church and state, which he dismissed as a myth, is being used to drive “people of faith from the public arena.” Perry said that he believes Satan is using the “untruth” of the separation of church and state to remove Christians from public life: “The idea that we should be sent to the sidelines I would suggest to you is very driven by those who are not truthful, Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there is driven—is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena….”

Perry said that America is undergoing “spiritual warfare” and Religious Right activists who “truly are Christian warriors, Christian soldiers” need to stand up to “activist courts” and “President Obama and his cronies” whom he said are making “efforts to remove any trace of religion from American life.” He called on listeners to use such spiritual warfare against the “growing tide of secularism and atheism” that “preach[es] tolerance and diversity while they engage in oppression and bullying tactics.”

If there is a Christian Right buzzword and dog whistle Perry missed, I sure didn’t see it. Don’t know about you, but I feel spiritually stalked, and I go to church most every week.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.