Texas Gov. Rick Perry Defends Prayer Event

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is defending his call for a day of prayer in the face of a lawsuit from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The group of atheist and agnostics claim the prayer meeting, officially called "The Response," violates the First Amendment ban on the government establishing a religion.
    
But in an interview with the Family Research Council, Perry insisted the event is not political but rather "people calling out to God. That's all." 

Perry talked with The Brody File about a possible 2012 run for the White House. 

"Isn't it just the type of intolerance to say that we can't gather together in public to pray to our God?" Perry said. "That is amazing to me."
    
Perry has invited the president, the nation's governors, and Texas lawmakers to attend the Houston prayer meeting. So far, more than 6,000 people have registered for the event.

"I can't wait until the 6th of August rolls around and we fill up Reliant Stadium with people who are Christ-loving and realize that our country has gotten off track," Perry said.

Watch Gov. Perry's full interview with the Family Research Council below:


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