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1. Transcript shows Perry likening office to pulpit
Allusions to his faith could either help or hurt him, analysts suggest
By PATRICIA KILDAY HART
AUSTIN BUREAU
July 14, 2011, 5:41AM

Employing deeply religious language that national experts say affords both power and peril for his political career, Gov. Rick Perry in late May told a group of East Texas business leaders that he was "called to the ministry" at age 27, suggested that the governor's office was his pulpit and that God put him "in this place at this time to do his will."

According to a transcript of the private meeting, organized to raise funds for Perry's Aug. 6 "day of prayer and fasting" at Reliant Stadium, the governor stated that property rights, government regulation and a "legal system that's run amok" were threatening the American way of life and "it's time to just hand it over to God and say 'God, you're gonna have to fix this.' " ...

"This speech is a good example of both the power and the peril of politicians talking about their faith," said Dr. John C. Green, a political scientist at the University of Akron and senior fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "To the extent they can mobilize people's deepest sentiment, it can be very effective for them. On the other hand, it can also frighten people because it sounds like too much of an intrusion of religion into the public sphere."

For the immediate goal of seizing a lead in the GOP primary, Perry's strong appeal to the religious right "will play incredibly well," pollster Anna Greenberg suggested ...

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/765253...
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