Does the Rick Perry 'War on Religion' Ad Go Too Far?

Rick Perry promises to stop Obama's "war on religion."

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In a recent campaign ad, Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry promised to "end Obama's war on religion." Perry is one of many 2012 hopefuls stepping up his appeal to social conservatives and Christian evangelists in time for January's Iowa caucuses. However, critics say Perry's ad takes it too far. In the ad, Perry says.

You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there is 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.

Gay rights activists, and even some religious leaders, are denouncing the spot.  Even Perry campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio, who has previously worked with Log Cabin Republicans to promote gay rights among the GOP, called the ad "nuts" in an E-mail to its creator Nelson Warfield.