Israel Award given to Texas Gov.

This is just so odd to me, that I have to pass it along.

Apparently today in Israel, where Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been all week, he received the Defender of Jerusalem award.  Never a dull moment for Rick Perry, the DMN is reporting this, about the award:

But the award also is interesting because of who it comes from – a South Florida foundation started last year by Guma Aguiar and his wife. Brazilian-born Aguiar, 31, who shuttles between Florida and Israel, is the founder of Leor Energy. The company discovered a ridiculously large natural gas field in East Texas several years ago that has turned him into a billionaire.

In January, Aguiar was sued by his uncle, who claimed that Aguiar believes he is the Messiah and is trying to bolster that image by giving away millions of dollars. The suit was dismissed in June.

Um, what?

What’s ironic about the entire situation–Messiah claims aside–are Rick Perry’s own words, a mere three years ago:

Gov. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sunday, said that he agreed with the minister that non-Christians will be condemned to hell.

“In my faith, that’s what it says, and I’m a believer of that,” the governor said.

In no way am I judging one’s own personal beliefs, but does it seem odd to anyone else that Perry is visiting this nation in the first place?  Not to mention receiving an award from a man who might claim to be the Messiah?


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