"When there's a directive that comes down from a federal court that says you can't pray at a public event," he explained, "that's basically saying people of faith should not be involved in the public arena. There's case after case where folks have been pushed back on from standpoint of being engaged in prayer." Gov. Perry, quoted in http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/separation-satan-and-state_b_1914267.html?ir=Religion
I find three problems with this position:
1. If the prayers were to Allah, the Goddess, or to Ganesh; I am certain Perry would suddenly find a reason to ban them.
2. No court has banned prayer at any public event. They have banned government directed or government sponsored organized prayer at public events.
3. As a man of faith, I give the following advice. Whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray while standing in public and on street corners so that people can see. Whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
I suggest anyone interested in this topic check out Matthew 6. It is quite insightful.