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What You Should Know / August 23, 2011 -- Perhaps more disturbing, even to fellow Christians, Perry has a habit of blaming the Lord for man-made problems, sometimes sounding positively Pat Robertsonian. The BP Oil spill in the Gulf last year, he famously declared, might well have been an “act of God.” And so, it turns out, was America’s economic downturn. On Texas televangelist James Robison’s TV show, not long before he announced his presidential run, Perry let loose with this biblically (and politically) incorrect zinger: “I think in America, from time to time, we have to go through some difficult times. And I think we’re going through some difficult economic times for a purpose: To bring us back to those biblical principles of, you know, you don’t spend all the money. You work hard for those six years, and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. You know, not spending all the money, not asking Pharaoh to take care of everybody … because, in the end, it’s slavery, you’re just slaves to government.” In case you’re looking for guidance, Perry also offered Robison’s viewers advice on how to pray effectively.

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