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Presidential Candidate Expresses Doubts on Existence of God

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters that he does not believe in the existence of a God who can directly intervene in human affairs, calling it a religious theory that has not been proven.

"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, theologians that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that a supernatural entity is what is causing events here on Earth," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: "I don't think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a theistic theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."

His comments came at a packed breakfast meeting with local business leaders in a region known for its strong congregations. And he made his deity-doubting comment in response to a question by an audience member who cited evidence from the Bible.

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But Perry's opinion runs counter to the view held by an overwhelming majority of Tea-Party devotees and other Christian fundamentalists that divine intervention is heating up the planet in the lead-up to judgment day. Perry's home state of Texas is home to more crazy religious freaks than any other state in the country, according to government data.

The existence of God has become an issue for contenders for the Republican nomination to embrace, since many conservatives believe without question the omnipotence of God and that big-goverment solutions to curb it are not only anti-American but ultimately a waste of taxpayers’ money (because God is, after all, omnipotent).

Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney — who all at one point supported steps to curb the takeover of fundamentalism, for example by supporting the teaching of science in US schools — have since tempered their stances. But unlike Perry, both Romney and Huntsman acknowledge the existence of ‘science’.