Rick Perry Is Blatantly Anti-Gay

This is the most recent ad -- "Strong" -- released by Rick Perry's campaign.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.
Now, there are so many things that are wrong with this ad. I'll leave it to you to figure them out (not difficult).

BUT, the reason I wanted to highlight the ad is not for Rick Perry's douchebaggery, but rather for the apparent debate that the ad saw prior to its release... from within Perry's campaign:
The spot, which began airing in Iowa on Wednesday, features the governor questioning why soldiers can serve openly in the military while children "can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." Coming a day after Perry criticized the Obama administration for using foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, the ad was one more note in a fairly overt dog whistle aimed at the Hawkeye State's influential evangelical voting block.

But not everyone was comfortable with the script. When the ad was being crafted several weeks ago, Perry's top pollster, Tony Fabrizio, called it "nuts," according to an email sent from Fabrizio to the ad's main creator, longtime GOP operative Nelson Warfield. In a separate email to The Huffington Post, Warfield confirmed that the ad was made over Fabrizio's objections.

"Tony was against it from the get-go," Warfield wrote. "It was the source of some extended conversation in the campaign. To be very clear: That spot was mine from writing the poll question to test[ing] it to drafting the script to overseeing production."
If I was Warfield, I wouldn't want to be taking the sole credit (or any credit) for that turd. Just sayin'.

Anyway, via my friend Ryan, here is a fantastic rebuttal, courtesy of The Partisans (@ Second City):