Quit Christian prayer rally, religious leaders urge Texas governor | JTA - Jewish & Israel News August 4, 2011 NEW YORK (JTA) -- Sixteen rabbis are among the more than 50 Houston religious leaders who signed a letter asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider participating in a Christian prayer rally. Rick Perry, a potential Republican presidential candidate, plans to host "The Response" on Aug. 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. In a commercial featured on the rally's website, Perry "calls on Americans to pray and fast like Jesus did, and the Israelites did in the book of Job," as a solution to the "economy in trouble, communities in crisis, and people adrift in a sea of moral relativism." <more> The Response is sponsored by the American Family Association, a Conservative Christian advocacy nonprofit founded in 1977 as the National Federation for Decency. The rally follows the association's statement of faith, which includes that the Christian Bible is "the inspired, the only infallible, authorative Word of God."