Short Takes - Religious Right Pre-Election Rallies and Training
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Fri Aug 20, 2010 at 04:07:13 PM EST
It's challenging to keep track of all the national events the Religious Right has planned in preparation for the upcoming election.  To be held over the next two months from Sacramento to D.C., they feature Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ralph Reed, Lou Engle, Cindy Jacobs, the AFA, God TV, and more. They are reaching out to an array of supporters including established Religious Right groups, Tea Partiers, and Patriot organizations. See a list with dates, participants, and links after the fold.
Religious Right Events Calendar
Following are some of the national events the Religious Right has planned in their effort to impact the upcoming elections.  No doubt I have overlooked some.  Talk2action readers, feel free to add other major events for which you have links in the comment section.

Glenn Beck's
Restoring Honor 8.28.10

August 28, Lincoln Memorial
Featuring Sarah Palin, David Barton, Alveda King

See links to examples of meetup group organizing - Albany, NY, Western Ohio, and map of 912 groups in NY state.

This event was changed from 9/12 to 8/28 but the organizations still go by the name 912 Project.  The Rochester Meetup group advertises that the event will include Gary Sinise (from Forrest Gump) and the "largest collection of medal of honor winners ever assembled."  The event is double-billed as a "nonpolitical fundraiser for the  Special Operations Warrior Foundation."

Lou Engle's
The Call Sacramento

September 3- Raley Field and Sept 4 - Capitol Mall
Broadcast by

Right Wing Watch has links to various promotional video clips for the event including Pat and Gordon Robertson, and Tony Perkins.
The Call Sacramento is also doubling as a "National Preparation" for Pray & A.C.T.,an initiative of Religious Right leaders.  Also promoting Pray & A.C.T. is Newt Gingrich's latest organization Renewing American Leadership, with directors Jim Garlow (organized Prop 8) and David Barton.  See sponsors for the joint event. See Lou Engle's promo. He will be joined by Prophetess Cindy Jacobs who warns that God told her that if the nation does not vote for his chosen candidates, there will be a Great Depression from which our nation may never recover.

Ralph Reed's
Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference and Strategy Briefing

Washington, D.C.  Sept.  9-11

Networking and  training workshops for the election featuring Sarah Palin, Bob McDonnell, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Karl Rove. See full speaker list.
"We will train and equip our activists on how to block and tackle in the churches and precincts as we prepare for the most important election of our lifetimes," states Ralph Reed.

 America's Awakening Alliance
Cry Out America

September 11 at  courthouses around the nation

America's Awakening Alliance is a large umbrella  coalition of Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders.  According to WorldNetDaily, the event will be held at over 1000 courthouses this year and the kickoff event is scheduled at the Pentagon featuring Jim Garlow, Ron Luce, and Mission America's Paul Cedar.

FDI/SIOA  Freedom Defense Initiative/Stop Islamization of America
911 Ground Zero Mosque Rally

Sept 11 at Park Place between Church and West Broadway

Featuring Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Geert Wilders, Andrew Breitbart, Jordan Sekulow
SIOA was formed by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer
See coverage at Think Progress.
[Update 8/24: Note that Gingrich has now cancelled and will not be participating in this event.]

Pray & A.C.T.
Seven Day Countdown Event

Greater New Hope Baptist Church, D.C.,
Sept 12 , webcast at

Hosted by Pray & A.C.T. & sponsors and Newt Gingrich's Renewing American Leadership
See Christian Broadcast Network on the Pray & Act events.

Pray & A.C.T.
Official Launch

Washington D.C., webcast AFA
Sept 19

Hosted by Pray & A.C.T.  sponsors and Newt Gingrich's Renewing American Leadership
This event will kick off a 40-day fast from Sept 20 - Oct 30 led by Jim Garlow and Chuck Colson.  See video messages from Jim Garlow, Chuck Colson and Lou Engle at bottom of website page.

Pray & A.C.T.
Close Out Event

Oct. 30, Lincoln Memorial

Webcast by AFA and hosted by Pray & A.C.T. and Newt Gingrich's Renewing American Leadership.
See the list of Pray & A.C.T  leadership with their bios, including Harry Jackson, Jack Hayford, Jim Garlow, Chuck Colson, Richard Land, Bishop Richard Malone, James Robison, and more.

Watch for more information to come on on the use of the "spiritual warfare" networks to impact the election and break down the barriers of separation of church and state.

... but I hope some people here will post information about events held by people on our side, too, to counteract the bigotry of the religious right wing.

Some time in the next couple of days, I'll be posting an announcement about two events (one in Washington, D.C. and one here in New York City) to be held on the weekend of September 11-12 in response to right wing anti-"mosque" protests such as the SIOA event you mentioned above.

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