November 7, 2006
Gov. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sun-
day, said that he agreed with the minister that non-
Christians will be condemned to hell.
“In my faith, that’s what it says, and I’m a believer of that,” the governor said.
Gov. Rick Perry covered his face in prayer as Cornerstone Church pastor John Hagee and son Matthew, right, prayed for the good of the political candidates in attendance at the service in San Antonio on Sunday.
Throughout much of the 90-minute service at Cornerstone Church, Mr. Perry sat on the red-carpeted stage next to the Rev. John Hagee. Mr. Perry was among about 60 mostly Republican candidates who accepted the invitation to be introduced to the megachurch’s congregation of about 1,500, plus a radio and TV audience.
“If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God almighty through the authority of Christ and his blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket,” Mr. Hagee said during a service interspersed with religious and patriotic videos.
Asked afterward at a political rally whether he agreed with Mr. Hagee, the governor said he didn’t hear anything he would take exception to.
He said that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and that those who don’t accept Jesus as their savior will go to hell.
… His opponents in the race, campaigning across the state with just two days to go until Election Day, criticized the governor, saying his comments were unnecessarily divisive.
“He doesn’t think very differently from the Taliban, does he?” independent Kinky Friedman said.
During his sermon Hagee also claimed that “God is the Supreme Court”—a comment that apparently drew applause from Perry.
Church-state separation at work, folks.
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