ADL Says Texas Governor's Plans to Hold Prayer Rally "Misguided and Inappropriate"

Houston, TX, June 9, 2011 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called Texas Governor Rick Perry's call for a day of prayer and fasting, and his plans to hold a prayer rally at Houston's Reliant Stadium on August 6, "misguided and inappropriate," saying it blurs the lines between our constitutionally protected separation of church and state.

Martin B. Cominsky, ADL Southwest Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We agree with the governor that many Texans and Americans are facing economic and other challenges in these times. But the citizens to whom he refers come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, and we do not agree that official statements and rallies that divide along religious lines are a productive way to address these difficulties.

We have long urged elected officials at all levels to respect the separation of church and state and to refrain from endorsing or promoting religion. While the American Family Association is within its rights to organize a day of prayer and a prayer meeting, we believe government officials should not be encouraging citizens and fellow elected officials to participate in specific religious events.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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