Link roundup: conservative Christian prayer efforts ramp up

As Election Day approaches, conservative Christian groups are mounting a wide array of prayer initiatives. Several of them started last week and intend to pray for 40 days (depending on how they count the days) until the election.

Most of these initiatives are presenting their message primarily in religious terms, not partisan ones. There’s also a lot less direct language of spiritual warfare than we saw in the DC 40 campaign. The favorite language here is about “solemn assemblies” and “crying out to God.”

While there’s some …

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Press Release: DC Pagans to Hold Halloween Ceremony

DC Pagans to Hold Halloween Ceremony Countering the
New Apostolic Reformation Cursing Prayer Campaign
On October 30th in Lafayette Square Park

Silver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011   Priestesses and priests from the Washington, DC Pagan community will hold a Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, as a protest to the New Apostolic Reformation’s 51-day prayer campaign targeting Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, and other Goddess-worshipers nationwide.

The New Apostolic Reformation …

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Shorter version of Peter Wagner: We honor you so much we want to convert you.

C. Peter Wagner, a founder of the New Apostolic Reformation, was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday. Since Rachel Tabachnik had just been on Fresh Air and did a great job of explaining what the NAR is and why she and others are concerned about its intentions, I expected this to be an attempt at damage control. It was not a very successful one. Wagner tried to “spin” some of the conversation by shifting his vocabulary to the newer, less-inflammatory terms the NAR is trying …

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DC 40 Prayer Guide Parts 2 and 3

DC 40 has released the second and third parts of the prayer guide meant to coordinate the prayers of the national effort. It includes suggested prayers against pluralism and tolerance, with specific days about Freemasonry, Islam, “Baal worship,” public schools, and the environmental movement. Several themes from the first part show up here again as well, with the overall result being promotion of a culture and society that are permeated by extremely conservative Christian attitudes and requirements.

Day 13 is set aside for prayer against “Thinking …

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Isaac Bonewits and honoring Liberty

Isaac Bonewits had a deep commitment to the principles of pluralism, democracy, freedom, and liberty, as evidenced by his many efforts and writings on these topics. I’ve collected links to some of those resources available online which people involved in the Hail Columbia efforts might wish to use.

When the statue of Freedom that stands on top of the Capitol was temporarily brought to ground level for cleaning and restoration, Bonewits led a group that consecrated it to the purpose of promoting the ideals which it …

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