PERRY: We’ve got a federal judge, for instance, in San Antonio that said these kids can’t say an invocation at school. I mean, they say you can’t even use the word “invocation” at their commencement.
BLITZER: Is that President Obama’s war on religion?
PERRY: I’m just giving you some examples of what we’re seeing from the left, of which, I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and, uh, substantial left of center beliefs.
It’s difficult to count the problems with Perry’s statement, not the least of which is the fact that the “federal judge” Perry refers to was appointed in 1994 — 15 years before Barack Obama became president. Even if one disagrees with this judge’s understanding of the separation of church and state, it is impossible to see how the judge’s decision is Obama’s fault.
More importantly, Perry’s suggestion that Obama can be blamed for everything done by a “member of the left” would be comic if it were not so reminiscent of Joe McCarthy. Blaming Obama for the irrelevant action of a judge who has no tie whatsoever to Obama is no different from blaming Perry for a member of the right’s statement that “feminists,” “gays,” and “lesbians” caused 9/11.
Moreover, as Blitzer points out, Perry’s claim that Obama is engaged in some kind of war on faith is ludicrous on its face. Just a few days ago, President Obama said at the lighting of a national Christmas tree that Jesus “grew up to become a leader with a servant’s heart who taught us a message as simple as it is powerful — that we should love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves.