Colbert saddles up on the Perry bandwagon
Comedy Central host and super PAC architect Stephen Colbert considered Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the “embarrassment… of riches” that makes up the GOP presidential field last night, with a segment considering Perry’s history with coyotes and with God.
Colbert quotes from a transcript of one of Perry’s fundraisers for his upcoming prayer rally, “The Response,” in which he said, “It’s time to just hand it over to God and say, God, you’re gonna have to fix this.”
Colbert follows by paraphrasing: “Perry has looked our problems squarely in the eye and said, ‘I got nothin’. Jump in any time here.’”
He also mentions the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s suit over Perry’s involvement with the event, on the grounds that Perry’s involvement violates church and state separation. Colbert says, “It doesn’t cross the line between church and state. It erases it.”
Perry has called critics of his event “intolerant,” but the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas continued the push today, announcing its open records requests with Perry’s office and local government in Houston to determine whether any state money has been spent on the event.
“The ACLU of Texas values the diversity of belief systems in public life, and each of our beliefs calls us to address problems in different ways. But none of us, especially an elected official, is in the position to say whether believers or non-believers should lead the way in solving our common problems,” director Terri Burke said in a statement.
Watch the clip on “The Colbert Report“