What Would Jesus Order?

It’s been said many times recently that the GOP is living in a parallel universe, with their own set of facts that have nothing to do with reality as the rest of us know and understand it.

Here is proof, in living color.

These photos were taken at Rick Perry’s Prayerpalooza on Saturday, where he called for seven hours of intense prayer and fasting.

Apparently, the good folks who were in attendance didn’t know that fasting means not eating anything.

Either that, or they have applied the Michele Bachmann Rule of Denial and believe, even as you can “pray away the gay,” you can eat nachos and still call that fasting.

Photos courtesy of  http://s1124.photobucket.com/albums/l567/thanks_imjustlurking/Prayerapalooza%208-6-11/ via Juanita Jean’s blog.

Click on the link for more, including some great protest signs!

I’m guessing the nachos were heavenly.

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16 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Order?

  1. I find some irony in these photos taken at the Rick Perry “day of prayer and fasting,” in addition to your point about very little fasting taking place. Everyone in these photos appears to be northern European Caucasian. Don’t other people pray? Or are others not welcome? It might be that most of those attending this sort of event subscribe to the “True Christian” teaching that dictates, “I’ll eat your food, but I won’t sit with you during prayer.” Notice the name on the nacho stand. “Tejas” is the Spanish spelling and pronunciation for Texas.

    • I’m with you, Richard. I wouldn’t have objected to this event if it were inclusive of all religions, not just evangelical Christians. What would be so terrible about an inter-faith get-together—especially one where everyone was praying for the well-being of our country? The groups who backed this rally have said that the First Amendment’s protection for freedom of religion only pertains to Christians. That just boggles the mind. This is not the America I grew up learning about, where we practice tolerance of all religions.

  2. Ohh dear. What did they pray for, I wonder. And have any of the prayers been answered? If not, why not? Failure to fast or bad taste in clothing?

    I was curious about the name Prayerpalooza which I assume comes from lalapalooza. I was hoping that finding out the background of the term would prove it to be embarrassing when applied to a prayer meeting. I may have gotten lucky. Lalapalooza comes from a Rogers and Hart song titled, wonderfully, “Thou Swell.” I checked the lyrics and although it was written in 1927, it seems to be full of references to exotic sex acts and masturbation (i.e., “you’re such a fistful.”). It could also be read as anti feminist as well, but that wouldn’t embarrass the people at the Prayerpalooza, I’m sure. Have a look at the lyrics here:

    http://www.lorenzhart.org/swellsng.htm

  3. I imagine the bathroom lines were long, too. Nachos during a prayer meeting? Maybe they misunderstood and thought the Guv told them to faRt instead of faSt! Close enough, I reckon.

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  5. You go, girl! And Juanita Jean, too. Sometimes this stuff makes me so crazy, I’m afraid I’m gonna look in the mirror and see Michelle Bachmann Eyes.

  6. “I’m here for the animals sacrifices (after prayer fails)!” Hahahahaha!

    You want fasting? We had a young Muslim man (YMM for short) at the farm last week. He’s a college student who works the night shift at McDonalds, and volunteers for the local Stewardship Council in the day, helping the director (a forester) do outside labour on various projects. The two of them were here last week, working on some trees that were planted on our farm (bushwacking through poison parsnip and weeding around saplings.) The temperature was over 85F and it was humid and sunny both days they were here. Because it is Ramadan, YMM was fasting. Truly fasting, not this “I need a heavenly nacho to stoke the fires of prayer” crap. YMM worked all morning in the heat without even drinking any water (I asked him if he’d drink water and he said he doesn’t when he’s fasting.) When he finally pooped out after several hours work, his boss (the forester) stuck him in the truck with the A/C turned on to revive him. Then he worked some more.

    THAT is fasting. Not eating ro drinking, while doing volunteer work in the blazing heat, and standing by your religious beliefs QUIETLY and without complaint. Talk about a hard worker and a good human being!

    Were I religious, I would pray away Michelle Bachmann!!!!!!

  7. I AM religious and I am praying away BOTH Bachmann and Perry! They don’t represent me or anyone I love and I wouldn’t be caught dead at one of their events. If this Perry dude is such a great follower of Christ, why has he executed an innocent man and thwarted any information that could have saved him, why did he threaten to secede from the union, and why has he supported the dumbing down — no, the erradication of historical truth, from the Texas history books? lWhat’s that Ghandi quote? “I like your Christ but not his followers….his followers are so unlike their Christ.” Anyway, I came to your blog via your most recent post, and I liked it so much that I started reading other posts and this one caught my eye because of its absurdity. I write humor stories about the absurdities of life. I’ll have to remember that picture. Love the art work, by the way! Cheers!

    • Thank you, etomczyk, for your great comment! I’m fervently hoping that when the rest of America finds out what Gov. Goodhair has been up to here in Texas they’ll run screaming the other way. The State Board of Education has gone from a group of retired teachers in the past to right-wing conservative dominionists with an agenda now and that scares the hell out of me.

      Thanks also for your kind comment about my art work. Y’all come back!

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