Texas Governor Rick Perry

Perry Touts Immigration Record While Supporter Praises ‘The Response’ for Breaking ‘Cannibal’ Indians’ ‘Curses on the Land’

Gale Courey Toensing

While presidential wannabe Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts his record on undocumented immigrants to woo Hispanic voters, his supporters are not doing him any favors in winning American Indian voters.

An article in the Huffington Post today, September 28, says Perry called his Republican rivals “heartless” and used ethnically charged language to defend his “moderate” immigration record. As a border-state governor, Perry has made a concerted effort for the past 10 years to gain the favor of Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority group in the country, but now he has to defend his policies to Republican supporters who are staunchly opposed to undocumented immigration, much like George W. Bush did when he ran for the White House, the HuffPost says.

In 2001, Perry supported a Texas law that allows undocumented immigrant children to receive in-state tuition at Texas universities if they meet certain requirements and he insisted that a border fence is not a good way to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. In a series of debates this last month, Perry’s rivals used his policies to paint him as weak on undocumented immigration. He countered attacks from Mitt Romney, his chief rival, and from Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, by saying, “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart."

Meanwhile, Perry supporter Cindy Jacobs appears in a YouTube video (below) posted by Right Wing Watch, praising Perry’s August 6 cluster-prayer event, The Response, for breaking the curse of American Indian cannibalism. She says: “So you go and so you study the area and you find out what happened, what did the indigenous people worship, you know?  And…and…and. . .if they did blood sacrifice, like, we found some areas where they were very violent because the former culture was a murderous violent …like in Texas here and all the coast around Houston and Galveston and some other areas the Native American people were cannibals, you know? And they ate people. And so you could see a manifestation of that in the churches where people turned against people and kinda cannibalized other people’s ministries. So there’s been a lot of prayer over that in Houston, Texas. They’ve done a lot of intercession over that and broke the curses on the land and we just had a prayer meeting in Houston a little week ago, the governor of Texas really as an individual instigated this. Thirty-five thousand people showed up to pray and . . . so what happened, the land is starting to rejoice, you see, because of that prayer.”

It’s doubtful whether the Texas Forest Service would agree with Jacob’s opinion that the land is rejoicing.  According to the Associated Press, the wildfires that broke out after “The Response” and spread widely in Texas have cost $152 million in agriculture losses alone, including nearly three million acres of scorched pasture.

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badger's picture
Submitted by badger on
She does not know much about the cultures and beliefs of the Native Americans, she has been taught that the American Indians are unworthy and should be wiped out from the face of the Earth. She believes that the American Indians came over from Russia via the land bridge (still a myth, not proven because of the 560+ American Indian Tribes have different languages) to justify her thinking that the Indians were conquered and now the land belongs to her as the conquerors. Only through their distinct American Indian languages, the American Indians maintain that spiritual connection with their ancestors. The Europeans have to return to their homeland to feel that same connection, they can't do it here because they came from Europe.

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Submitted by greenspider on
The religious fringe in this country is very scary. If these types get into even higher positions of power there is no telling what they may find is offensive to their Gahd? Ethnic cleansing?.....

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Submitted by zelbe1 on
Two words, "Ed Gein"! And I'm pretty sure he wasn't enrolled in any tribe! Or what about Jeffrey Dahmer? Gein was raised as a devout Christian and what about all the remains and bones of native peoples in museums dug up the way Ed Gein did before he gutted, ate and made home decor out of human remains, was Bush's grandfather Christian before, during and after they used human skulls to PRAY? Its no secret that there were isolated bands of Indians that did practice cannibalism, but not enough to keep foreigners off the shores! These people give Christianity a worser name than it already is! If you look in her eyes close enough, you can see that she has no marbles at all!

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Submitted by candyo on
The religious fringe are culminating the same way Bush was fear-mongering with "the evil-doers"... lumping people into groups such as "canibals" or other derogatory names should be completely taboo... Ignorance is Bliss continues in the Political culture and a peoples faith or spiritual beliefs should not come into question. Looking back on Perrys State and his claim of putting to death the most prisoners on Death Row could come back to haunt him and some of the myths about the Skull and Bones groups at Harvard seem a little creepy.

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Submitted by carolynbaker on
I wish I could believe these people are "fringe" but it's scary how many folks "think" this way. (not really thinking, it's belief) It's pure racism to use the idea of "cannibal" as a derogatory term - plenty of the European immigration to this land happened because people were trying to escape the terrifying and hugely destructive plague of human sacrifice that was going on in Europe - witch hunts, religious wars, Europeans were engaging in horrific religiously sanctioned torture-murders in their public squares. That charming practice was imported to this land in the form of religiously motivated genocide, and now some try to "whitewash" that history claiming that genocide was for the victims' own good. Disgusting and almost beyond belief.

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Submitted by risingstar on
The truth is the majority of right-wingers do not follow the God of Love, Truth, Justice, and Mercy. In reality, they only think they do! They are perpetrating the same "superiority mentality myth" which their ancestors had, which is twisting the truth to conform to their lies!

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Submitted by hatshepsut on
Woe! This is so interesting. I wonder are the lands in Europe where cannibalism was practiced exorcised from those curses? What about the American settlers who traveled westward and lost their way and resorted to cannibalism? Arctic explorers anyone? How about my African family members who practiced cannibalism? Let's stop the hocus pocus and move on to focus on the economic cannibalism which has been practiced on non-European peoples for centuries and is still currently in vogue. I am not attempting to justify the erroneous practice of cannibalism by anyone, but is that really the issue. We all have in our histories practices and events which were done and were believed to be acceptable. As we humans progress over time, we change our value systems and practices, hmm, is this human evolution? There seems to be a pattern here. We start out not knowing much, similar to our infancy state, and acquire knowledge, hey the adult state and then we die but our progeny are behind us. Now what have we left them to build on? If we are decadent and immoral shall our civilizations continue to nourish the development of an idealized society? Or shall we fall into a state of ignorance and loose the accomplishments and moral behaviors which guide the creation and maintenance of civilizations? I am a believer in all creation by one Deity, whose form is spirit. I do not believe that we were made to condemn ourselves nor have others to, and live our lives through self-hate or self-pity. Everyone makes mistakes and are capable of poor judgement due to numerous and faulty available choices. Some within our control and others not. Bottom line, if your ancestors made decisions and acted on them which are not acceptable today due to enlightened thinking and practices, keep it within context of that particular time. Now on certain issues I am not supporting forgive and forget due to their complexities and continued impact, Reparations anyone?

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Submitted by lynnj on
How ignorant. And yes, as others have noted, *scary*. Not all white people think like this, but it shames me when I read these types of statements.

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Submitted by fshearer on
The so-called "leaders" of our country are completely disconnected from her lands and her people. They should not be called leaders in my opinion. They govern, they do not lead. This woman is dumb. Pay no attention to her. She will meet the Creator when it is her time.

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Submitted by 1misery on
WHAT NIGHTMARE DID SHE COME FROM?? The God I know isn't the same one she knows. She must of hit her head to many times or she's always had marbles NOT BRAINS