Religious liberty links, Oct 20: DC 40 returns; current election is “apocalyptic,” and more

Yes, the people behind DC 40 are at it again. They are coming to DC near Samhain to take a turn leading worship at David’s Tent, a group that is conducting continuous worship on the Ellipse near the White House until Election Day. It looks like the DC 40 team is taking four shifts from October 24th to the 27th, including a “drum circle” on the 27th.

The previous email update from DC 40 organizer James Nesbit directed followers to pray for the purpose of “Dismantling accusation and lies” and “reversing the power of campaign ads,” including:

turning on the the light of that eternal truth and dispelling the darkness and delusion of sorcery, thereby removing the power of the hoodwink in the land. We declare the power of deception is broken in any campaign…

Nice to know they’re being bipartisan about that.

I haven’t had a chance to check out David’s Tent in person yet, so I don’t know how much of this kind of “spiritual warfare” is a major feature there.

The latest conservative speaker to jump on the spiritual warfare bandwagon is former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who is now offering a nearly-free ebook on the spiritual gifts of discernment which he has used to identify 50 evil spirits ruling Obama. Klingenschmitt was court-martialed out of the Navy for disobeying a direct order in pursuit of his mission to mix government and religion.

Meanwhile, the religious right continues to use eschatological rhetoric to whip its base into a tizzy. Examples abound, but here’s one describing the current election as “apocalyptic.”

Along similar lines, Pastor Rick Scarborough told followers of his 40 Days to Save America prayer campaign that his god allowed the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi to occur because America is “mired in sin.” Naturally, he positions his prayer initiative as part of the solution.

In order to turn the country around, Pastor Robert Jeffress now thinks it’s important to tell people that even though he still believes Mormonism is a cult, it’s better for Christians to vote for Romney than Obama, who is “shaking his fist in the face of God.”

And finally, it’s almost Samhain, and that means it’s time for conservatives to blast Halloween. This time Linda Harvey, who has railed against “goddesses and witchcraft invading the church,” puts a new spin on the invective by trying to connect the demonic nature of Halloween with LGBT people. She also warns that Christians aren’t supposed to be consulting fortune-tellers, even for fun. Gotta keep the kids away from Tarot cards!


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