Fundies planning "America for Jesus" rally in Philly
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Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 06:20:31 PM EST

Late Sunday, a group of fundie leaders announced plans to hold a prayer rally at Philadelphia's Independence Mall on September 28 and 29 under the moniker "America for Jesus 2012."  It looks innocuous on the surface--it's billed as "a solemn assembly to summon together the whole body of Christ to pray for the church and our nation" and intercede against "the symptoms of widespread moral depravity and economic meltdown."  

But then one gets a glimpse at the national leadership team.  It includes a who's-who of fundie leaders--including Jim Garlow, Ron Luce, Cindy Jacobs, Lou Engle and Harry Jackson. The presence of Luce, Jacobs and Engle is a pretty clear indication that this "solemn gathering" has the backing of the New Apostolic Reformation, the fascist movement that thinks it can actually bring about the Second Coming by taking over the world.  In a major understatement, People for the American Way calls this gathering "nonpolitical in name only."  It isn't exactly a coincidence that this is taking place 40 days before the election.

Further evidence of this gathering's right-wing underpinnings--the group's national chairwoman, Anne Gimenez, is the wife of John Gimenez, the guy who put together the infamous Washington for Jesus rally in 1980.  In fact, the rally is sponsored by the Gimenezes' organization, "One Nation Under God, Inc."

Unlike Washington for Jesus, the organizers of America for Jesus are trying--and not too convincingly--to hide the gathering's Christofascist links.  Instead, they're trying to wrap it in the legacy of William Penn.  

Penn’s concepts became the seedbed for free democracies all over the world and even influenced principles of the United Nations today.  His prototype city Philadelphia has been branded as a city of brotherly love and holds the governmental and spiritual foundation of our nation. The vision that God gave William Penn for Philadelphia is not just history, it is Philadelphia’s destiny and ultimately the purpose for our national identity. Through humility and prayer, we are asking God to redeem His purpose and restore the foundation of Philadelphia and the foundation of the United States of America by renewing covenants of peace and healing the land.
If Penn knew what these guys were doing, he'd probably be turning in his grave.  After all, this rally is being organized by people who want to destroy democracy and religious freedom.



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Apostle/Bishop John Gimenez was one of the early members of the International Coalition of Apostles.  He headed a large international apostolic network of his own.

In 2009, Lou Engle laid hands on, and prayed over Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich at the Rock Church (founded by John and Anne Gimenez) in an internationally televised event.

The speaker list is a who's who of the apostles and prophets as you noted.

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