Target: Rick Perry, former Texas governor and presidential hopeful
Goal: Fire director Jamie Johnson for his history of sexist remarks.
Jamie Johnson, a man with a history of sexist and anti-women attitudes, has been hired on by Rick Perry’s political action committee to direct its work in early election primary states. Sexists have no place in our modern political campaigns. Demand that Rick Perry fire Johnson from his political action committee at once.
The committee, called RickPAC, hired Johnson as a senior director to manage the committee’s outreach in Iowa and other early primary states. Unfortunately, his sexist attitudes d0 not seem to have disturbed Perry’s conscience at all. Johnson is an ordained minister who is active in the pro-life and evangelical Christian movements, and in the last presidential election cycle, was picked up by Rick Santorum’s ultimately unsuccessful campaign.
While working for that campaign, Johnson came under fire for an email—one he later took responsibility for sending—that suggested that women were never meant to hold positions of power. Discussing the possibility of a female president, Johnson wondered, “The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will,…to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?”
When confronted for these views, Johnson held steady, saying that they were based on 25 years of theological and classical Christian study. Such attitudes should disqualify him from political work. Sign the petition below to demand that Rick Perry fire Jamie Johnson from RickPAC at once.
Dear Mr. Perry,
I am writing you today regarding your political action committee’s decision to hire Jamie Johnson as a senior director. This man’s history of beliefs about women and their capabilities should have you very concerned.
Johnson subscribes to a view of women that, he believes, is supported by “years of formal theological study” and “based in Classical biblical doctrine.” He thinks that women have no place being in positions of authority over any institution, whether it is the family, the government, or the church. Such attitudes are unacceptable and at odds with the philosophy the United States of America was founded on. As someone who fashions himself a true American patriot, one would think this would be an issue for you.
While your own views on women leave a lot to be desired, someone like Johnson is not the kind of person you should want or allow to be a part of your presidential campaign. I demand that you fire him from RickPAC immediately for his sexist attitudes.
[Your Name Here]
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