COLUMN: Perry fights for Christian ideals
I’ll admit, after Rick Perry managed to forget one of the three departments he’d abolish as president during a televised debate, I wrote off his candidacy as a lost cause. But something happened last Tuesday that has since made me reconsider my opinion.
Perry’s campaign released an ad. Not just any ad, but an ad that renewed my faith in him as the candidate who will end President Obama’s war on religion.
In it, the illustrious governor points out the absurdity of allowing them gays to serve openly in the military while requiring students to hide their faith in the classroom. I didn’t question his portrayal of public schools because I know Perry is a God-fearing man, and consequently he does not believe in lying (Proverbs 19:9).
Perry’s ad is spot-on. Clearly, homosexuality and Christianity are antithetical, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was designed to undermine the latter. Those who thought it was actually an attempt to make life more bearable for closeted soldiers and give open homosexuals equal rights are fooling themselves.
By Thursday night, Perry’s ad had a discouraging number of dislikes on YouTube — more than Rebecca Black’s music video for her song “Friday.” But this was to be expected. The Bible said that Christians would be victimized and, unsurprisingly, it was right (2 Timothy 3:12).
Perry clearly understands what the Bible meant. Today, Christians suffer in silence as western civilization continues its slow but sure decline into godless Islam. They can hardly leave their homes without being mocked and derided. I predict that soon enough, Christians will be forced to meet in private like they did under the Roman Empire before Constantine.
Under another term of Obama, this will almost certainly happen. In the spirit of self-preservation, Christians must unite behind a Republican candidate who will not only stem the centuries-old tide of Christian persecution, but push back hard. By now, that candidate should be obvious.
Together, we can make Gov. Rick Perry America’s first openly Christian president.
Steven Zoeller is a journalism sophomore.