Those of you in the Kansas City/Topeka area, be on alert--there's going to be a major invasion of fundie lunacy in Topeka on Saturday. And it has the endorsement of none other than Kansas' governor, Sam Brownback.
An outfit called Reign Down USA is planning a prayer rally at MacLennan Park in Topeka. It's currently scheduled to start at 3 pm Central (4 pm Eastern). It looks innocuous enough--its vision is to fulfill a "call to humility, prayer, worship, seeking Him with all of our heart, and repentance of our own personal sins."
But then gets a look at who's partnering with Reign Down. The likes of Cindy Jacobs, Lou Engle and Paul and Jan Crouch. Pretty much a who's who of fundie and New Apostolic Reformation leaders. That doesn't seem to have deterred Brownback from giving this a full-throated endorsement. He has formally proclaimed Saturday to be a "Day of Restoration" and publicly called on Kansans to support the rally. He also recently put together this video invitation.
This will actually be Reign Down's fourth event--but the first one in a red state. The previous ones took place in 2008 in Washington, 2009 in Minneapolis and 2010 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Brownback has a history with these guys. According to People for the American Way, Brownback was one of the few Republican elected officials to support Rick Perry's "Response" prayer rally--which was similarly infused with religious right and NAR influence. He even actually lived with Engle for a few months in 2001--long before Engle came into the spotlight.
The proceedings are going to be streamed live at the Reign Down Website. Chances are pretty good Brownback will speak--and that he's going to say something he normally wouldn't say in front of the cameras. Stay tuned.