Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday defended his upcoming Christian prayer gathering as a “simple,” non-political event that has come under attack from intolerant atheists.

“I can’t wait until the 6th of August rolls around and we fill up Reliant Stadium with people who are Christ-loving and realize that our country has gotten off track,” Perry said a day after an atheists and agnostics group sued to stop the governor from using his government office to promote or recognize the Houston event, called The Response.

“Just like back in days of old, God is the same God we had from the days of Israel, and in the book of Joel it said to blow the trumpet and assemble the people and go into a day of fasting and prayer to ask for God’s direction …  it’s nothing more than that.”

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