For Gov. Rick Perry, it was supposed to be a simple TV ad aimed at evangelical Christians who dominate the Republican Party’s caucuses in Iowa, nothing more than a “Hail Mary” effort by his campaign to rise from fourth place in the polls.

“You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong with this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,” Perry told the camera with a folksy charm, later adding that he’d stop “Obama’s war on religion.”

It was mocked by Chicago’s legendary Second City comedy troupe, which put up a parody complaining about wars and economic troubles that heterosexual, god-fearing politicians had gotten the country into.