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If you're in the Philadelphia area, be forewarned--a major invasion of fundie lunacy is due to take place there this weekend.  America for Jesus 2012 is taking over Independence Mall on Friday and Saturday.  t 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.  The 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."

The lunacy actually kicks off tomorrow night with the AwakeNow Conference at Living Word Christian Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey.  Jacobs and Jackson are going to be there.  Then things really get started at 5 pm on Friday with a youth rally--led by Luce, presumably.

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.

Good news, though--you can watch the whole thing online.  GodTV is streaming the proceedings live here.  Friday's session will start streaming at 7 pm Eastern, while Saturday's session will start streaming at 9 am Eastern.

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  •  Thank you! (14+ / 0-)

    Keep the spotlight on these critters.  

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 03:09:59 PM PDT

    •  do more than that: spiritual warfare! (1+ / 0-)
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      Lorinda Pike

      Keyword search "imprecatory prayer," and also "spiritual warfare."

      When dealing with fascists who believe in a demon-haunted world, the thing to do is haunt them with demons.

      And what's needed is for people to show up at that rally and throw all manner of hexes, curses, imprecations, damnations, and whatever-else can be thrown at NAR.

      The goal is to scare enough of them to tweak the mood of the whole event.  This is easier than it sounds, because emotions are contagious, especially for people who are not expecting them.

      Remember: if it's not violent, and it's no more illegal than a sit-in, it's a fair tactic to use.  And it's your right to free speech, even if it's rude to the righties.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:17:26 PM PDT

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      •  I can do that just by showing up! (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm an atheist after all, so I'm the equivalent of a demon (in their minds, at least.) What we really need is a convergence of rational people of every non-fundie stripe there is, out there on Independence Mall showing these lunatics that we will not be forsaking the tolerance of William Penn for the theocracy they desire. They represent the antithesis of everything Penn stood for.

        Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

        by Stwriley on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:49:02 PM PDT

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        •  yes, but you have to be a very VISIBLE atheist;-) (1+ / 0-)
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          And one way to annoy the hell out of righties is to keep asking questions that get them to go in circles.  "How do you know it's true?" etc.

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 07:05:07 PM PDT

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      •  I'm an orthodox Jew (1+ / 0-)
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        GreenMother

        that's just something I'm not going to do.  

        Using other people's faith traditions (Wicca, Voudon, etc) to scare the hell out of fundies is not behaving any better than they are, sorry.

        And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

        by Mortifyd on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:30:29 PM PDT

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        •  YMMV and TETO (to each their own) (1+ / 0-)
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          Clearly there are those who find that tactic distasteful or even immoral, as in, offensive to the deity.  I'm not trying to convince you or they to violate your principles.

          I'm out to convince those whose principles already include the willingness to go to war on the spiritual and psychological front, to do just that.  

          The religious right already uses spiritual warfare extensively.  Keyword search "spiritual mapping" for one example that they routinely use to physically map the locations of their "enemies" for retaliation as they gain power in certain areas.  Newark NJ of all places, is one example.  For other examples see numerous articles in http://www.talk2action.org  

          Given their beliefs about the nature of life, the universe, and everything, we can use countervailing tactics to complicate their lives and waste their time.  And IMHO, we should, early, often, and vigorously.

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 07:28:03 PM PDT

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      •  What they need... (0+ / 0-)

        is a black helicopter or two to just show up, hover over every event, with men in black uniforms leaning out and filming them all. Go complete and utter CT (in image only) in other words, and show them some demons...

        They're already paranoid, let's make them more so! Anybody got a line on some old Hueys? ;)

    •  oh, and don't forget the sexy/weird music! (1+ / 0-)
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      Any popular music from any era, that's weird, sexy, raunchy, spooky, uses instruments in ways that sound strange, etc.

      Remember boom boxes?  Loud car radios?  

      Yep.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:30:20 PM PDT

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      •  I personally recommend... (1+ / 0-)
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        Bad Plus: Iron Man

        I piss off the neighbors with this all the time.

        Or Buckethead's Somewhere Over the Slaughterhouse works too...

        "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

        by Lorinda Pike on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:49:01 PM PDT

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        •  there's a lot of 1960s music that... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... apparently causes right-wingers and prudes to go batshit crazy.  (Don't I wish I was old enough back then.)

          The Doors.  
          Rolling Stones.
          Darn I can't remember the rest of them, but that's a start.

          Punk rock (my generation's music) is good but usually the rhythm is too fast for right wingers to perceive it as anything more than a blur.  Rap is cool but it's probably too complex for them to grasp.  And whatever the kids are listening to now...?....

          So all in all, I have to hand it to the boomers for this one: they get the award for music that's provocative, raunchy, and weird, and more than anything else, ought to drive rightwingers (even more) batshit crazy.  Use it to good effect!

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 07:02:47 PM PDT

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  •  I hope they spend plenty of money (8+ / 0-)

    while they're here.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 03:13:53 PM PDT

  •  be still, mine heart. (0+ / 0-)

    Lettuce Prey.

    lettuce, of course, representing the cash that these thieves and charlatans steal from the poor, unsuspecting, and afraid.

    religion is a mental illness, and to the extent that these assholes actually believe, I suspect their sanity. To the extent that they view their profession as a profit center, then they prey on those least likely to help themselves.

    any chance of a hurricane this weekend? Thunderstorms with biblical floods? Eaathquakes? a timely volcano? locusts? Anything? Anything? Not even an NFL game with scab referees?

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 03:17:45 PM PDT

  •  Holy crapoly! (2+ / 0-)
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    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 03:18:23 PM PDT

  •  Great news! (4+ / 0-)
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    This means that Philly's poor will be fed, the needy clothed, its prisoners visited... I'm sure that a gathering like this will prioritize the teachings of Christ instead of some apocalyptic christofascist cult ravings.

    Or not.

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:16:48 PM PDT

  •  Calling Anonymous! (1+ / 0-)
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    Lorinda Pike

    Time to show up disguised as Moonies and Scientologists, and hand out Moonie and Scientologist recruiting propaganda!

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:31:32 PM PDT

  •  Meh. In my neck of the woods (3+ / 0-)

    we've got Ridgecrest (Baptists) atop the gap, Montreat (Presbyterians), Billy Graham Training Center (Whatever They Are), and Junaluska (Methodists). One or more of 'em is hosting a massive retreat/ prayer-in/ preach-in/, gay-curing/ electioneering seminar or some such, 9 months out of the year.

    Only ones who are a real problem are the Baptists, who all believe that God is their Co-Pilot, so they don't have to drive. They're entirely likely to slam on their brakes, turn left from the right lane, whiz by stopped school buses, wander into lanes going the other way, etc., etc. We must drive defensively, because God apparently doesn't... §;o)

  •  A Virus Works (1+ / 0-)
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    silently, undetected, while it multiplies.  Our immune system does its best to quickly destroy it, and only a slight fever or fatigue might hint at the massive war being waged within us.  Like a virus, Dominionists  work invisibly below the surface. The  America for Jesus 2012 rally suggests the virus is now attempting to spread outward in America.  Against this there's only one vaccine:  an educated populace.  Lets hope most citizens are immune.

  •  Howard Fineman had it right (1+ / 0-)
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    svboston

    Fineman is not my cup of tea, but he said a few months ago: it will come down to race and religion (paraphrasing...)

    As republicans become desperate, all the ugliness will be exposed. It's probably necessary but it will be painful.

    •  I jumped the gun here. Not about election BUT (1+ / 0-)
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      svboston

      I think they'll refer to it. It's related.

      •  I know something about these love in for Jesus (2+ / 0-)
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        There needs to be plenty of Mormon material passed out regarding The Angel Moroni and how Mitt Romney is going to become the new Messiah according to their demigod status in the Mormon Faith.  That would work better than a  Rally for Obama.  The true believers are terrified of anything but their own theology.   Mormon,...Come in two's with white shirts.  Pass out the Book of Mormon.
        Scare a Baptist !

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:32:00 PM PDT

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