Atheist group targets Rick Perry for urging Texans to pray away gun violence

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 18, 2013 18:35 EDT
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Photo: AFP.
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An atheist group announced Monday the purchase of a billboard that highlights Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments about gun violence.

According to a press release, the American Atheists’ new billboard in Texas features an image of Perry along with text reading, “His solution to school shootings? Prayer.” The billboard refers to comments the Republican governor made in January.

“Rick Perry’s statement is out of touch with reality,” American Atheists president Dave Silverman said. “Prayer does not solve problems, rather it masks them. Asking Americans to pray to solve the violence problem is an admission of administrative impotence. Playing the God card is not a valid substitute for real action.”

The atheist group also announced it purchased another new billboard targeting former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee. That billboard reads, “Amend the Constitution to what I say are God’s Standards.”

Earlier this month, the American Atheists purchased similar billboards featuring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress. The billboards are intended to both “shame” those public officials and advertise the group’s 50th anniversary celebration and national convention in Austin.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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