Prayerful Politics

Perry meets the old faithful

Some 300 of the Nation's most influential religious and social conservatives gathered quietly in an open-air tent in the hill country of Texas Aug. 26 and 27 to take stock of Rick Perry and his convictions. For nearly five hours that Friday night and again the following morning, the group questioned Perry about his faith, values and record, trying to determine whether his beliefs matched theirs. It wasn't a laying on of hands, participants say, but there was a lot of applause. Organized in part by Rapid City, S.D., furniture-store owner Bob Fischer, the group includes some of the most storied...

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