The Unusual Suspects

by Jose Medina

Many of the hateful, sometimes highly political comments some of the people connected to The Response — the Gov. Rick Perry-hosted and supposedly nonpolitical prayer rally in Houston later this summer — are anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Home Depot, anti-Barney the Dinosaur, anti-you name it.

And also pro-violence?

The event’s info packet lists  Pastor Stephen Broden as one of the endorsers of The Response. Broden, of Dallas, ran for Congress as a Republican in 2010 but was defeated in the general election. A few weeks before the election, a Dallas TV reporter confronted Broden about comments he has made from the pulpit, including that the violent overthrow of the government was “on the table” if elections did not produce the results he wanted. Vote for me, or else?

From Broden:

We have a constitutional remedy. And the Framers say if that don’t work, revolution.

Pressed by a reporter on whether revolution is an option in 2010, Broden responded:

I don’t think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms. However, it is not the first option.

That was just the highlight out of several unusual things Broden had to say during the TV interview. You can read about Broden’s comments in the Dallas Morning News. Or you can watch his exchange with the TV reporter:


To recap, thus far the people associated with The Response include:

Can you feel the love, America?

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