Reading about Texas Governor Rick Perry's prayer rally, which likely is a kickoff to him becoming a Republican candidate for president of the United States, I wonder how his religious fanaticism would be viewed if he were a Muslim speaking of the need for people to embrace Allah and the Koran in order to return our nation to greatness.
"Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness," Perry said.
If someone seeking to lead Egypt talked in this fashion about how Islam had to be the foundation of that country's political processes, lots of Americans would worry about the dangers of Muslim extremism.
But Christian extremism is OK to them. Hypocrisy is running wild in the Republican party these days. In non-Christian countries, they favor "separation of church and state." In the United States, though, bringing God into politics is just fine.