Gov. Perry: Religion, Politics Mix

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    AUSTIN, TX - MAY 11: Texas Governor Rick Perry waits during his introduction before addressing Austin's largest naturalization ceremony at the Delco Activity Center on May 11, 2007 in Austin, Texas. More than 1,000 area residents representing 85 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to become United States citizens. (Photo by Taylor Jones/Getty Images)

    Gov. Rick Perry says the idea that laws shouldn't be informed by religion is an extreme position.

    "Freedom of religion is not to be confused with freedom from religion," Perry said Sunday during remarks at New Life Christian Center in San Antonio.

    Perry told church members that a great spiritual battle was under way for the future of the state and nation. The Republican governor said people of faith need to be actively engaged in the public arena, according to a report in Monday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News.

    Perry noted that he prays every day for President Barack Obama "that God will touch his heart, that he will open his eyes."