May Day! May Day! In DC, Freaky Fundies, Congressmen Will Pray to Lift America’s “Curse”

May Day holds a variety meanings, depending on one’s religion, or lack thereof. For pagans it’s Beltane, the first day of summer, the mid point of the year. Celebrations begin on Walpurgisnacht, April 30 with bonfires and frolicking into the morning, followed by picnics and dances around the May Pole as well as Morris dances, the latter practices still seen today in more secular settings.

Around the world, May 1st is celebrated as International Workers’ Day, which began in the United States to commemorate the eight hour working day and the Haymarket Riots. It’s a day to march in solidarity, to celebrate decent working conditions, and demonstrate for equal rights and living wages for all.

Well, now a group is celebrating May Day as “A Cry to God for a Nation in Distress” and has called for members of the religious right to

gather at the steps below the Lincoln Memorial to beg God to forgive America for having elected wicked leaders like President Obama.

Wicked? Okay the President has broken some promises and isn’t living up to our hopes, but “wicked”? That’s kinda pushing it. I think by wicked, these people mean “Democrat.” Oh and the organizers believe that America is cursed for having “made the choice of death” by electing President Obama.  Somehow I don’t think these people mean deaths of our troops and of Afghan women in taxicabs, either.

The prayer group on the National Mall will be joined in spirit by a dozen or so churches from Guam to Wisconsin and New York, while believers can also join in by watching GODTV or the live feed courtesy of of the American Family Association.

RightWingWatch reports that five members of Congress

Randy “Pray Against Health Care” Forbes (Virginia), Trent “Obama is an enemy of humanity” Franks (Arizona), Louie “Hate Crimes Act is a Pedophile Protection Act” Gohmert (Texas), and Steve “Know Your Enemies” King (Iowa)

are on the organizing committee and will be joining right wing religious leaders in casting out demons from the aspects of modern life  called “The Seven Mountains”: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion.

After casting out the demons, prayers are offered so that good Christians–i.e. this specifically “apostolic,” fundamentalist branch of Christianity–can take dominion over those parts of modern life and impose their (narrow) ideological views, thus the name “Dominionist Christianity.” RRW concisely explains:

May Day 2010 has been organized around the “Seven Mountains” theology, which advocates the complete takeover of every aspect of contemporary culture by modern day “apostles” of Christ. The theology is rooted in the belief that Christians are meant to have dominion over literally everything and is focused on spiritually “invading” seven specific facets of modern life in order to wrest control away from Satan and his demonic spirits so that Christians can put them to use in bringing about God’s kingdom on Earth.

The event was organized by Janet Porter–an activist of  the Religious Right stripe and  a conspiracy theory-promoting radio host–who is a member of presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s inner cabal. Whew, we kinda dodged a bullet by not electing Huckabee, huh? Along with religious leaders, members of the organizing committee include

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright, as well as “historian” David Barton and more minor-league players like Vision America’s Rick Scarborough and Reclaiming America for Christ’s Rev. Paul Blair. It includes leaders of anti-gay groups and campaigns, like Pete LaBarbera and Prop. 8 leader and Gingrich acolyte Jim Garlow.

The complete list of organizers, along with a nifty tee-shirt order form and discount tours to Washington DC for the event, can be found on the May Day 2010 website.

Here’s some of the stuff on the prayer agenda:

  • Repent for how we have turned from God in Congress and our legislatures — Invite God to direct our lawmaking.
  • Repent for how we have turned from God in our military — Invite God in every area from prayer in Jesus’ name to our military strategies and defense.
  • Repent for how the media has turned its backs on God and the truth.
  • Repent for how they have become activists for evil.
  • Invite God back into the media to guide and direct reporting in a truthful way.
  • Okay, this is seriously nuts! Good for them that they are holding a rally.  Lots of Americans are all for religious freedom, meaning we’re free to practice–or not practice all–any religion we choose; but somehow, I don’t think these folks are really have that sort of religious freedom in mind.

    The only thing that differentiates between these Dominionist wingnuts and oh say hardline, frothing, head-chopping-off  fundamentalists of any other religion–aside from a few minor theological points–that we (currently) have the Constitution keeping fundamentalists from turning America into an intolerant, bigoted, hating-everybody-else, believe-what-we-say-or-else theocracy.

    And wait, there are members of Congress involved in this! WTF? What if five members of Congress went to a rally and were part of a prayer group–let alone were on the organizing committee–praying for the Goddess to be present in our government and the media, asking for America to pray in the name of Cthulhu for the safety of our troops, or participating in a Buddhist meditation event for world peace…

    20 Responses to "May Day! May Day! In DC, Freaky Fundies, Congressmen Will Pray to Lift America’s “Curse”"
    Teddy Partridge | Friday April 30, 2010 08:15 am 1

    Hurray, hurray!
    The first of May
    Outdoor fucking
    begins today!


    Kelly Canfield | Friday April 30, 2010 12:00 pm 2
    In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

    LOL!


    cobernicus | Friday April 30, 2010 12:52 pm 3

    A propos of nothing, May Day in France (in addition to being International Workers’ Day) is a sort of St. Valentine’s Day. Everyone gathers (or buys) muguet (lily of the valley) and gives it to their secret or not so secret, lovers.

    The expectation is that this will lead to Teddy’s poem.


    cobernicus | Friday April 30, 2010 12:55 pm 4

    … This is a lot more fun than standing in the heat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with a bunch of fundies.

    Don’t they know that Lincoln released the demons that ultimately led to the election of an evil (i.e., black) President?


    ThingsComeUndone | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:46 pm 5

    So torturing people lying us into wars and letting Ossama go is not evil?


    Kelly Canfield | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:46 pm 6

    Peterr | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:49 pm 7

    Lots of Americans are all for religious freedom, meaning we’re free to practice–or not practice all–any religion we choose; but somehow, I don’t think these folks are really have that sort of religious freedom in mind.

    Practice? I think these folks need a lot more practice. Professionally speaking, I see lots of room for improvement: care for the poor, concern for the needy, justice for widows and orphans . . .

    But that’s just me. YMMV, of course.


    Peterr | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:49 pm 8
    In response to Kelly Canfield @ 6

    LOL!!


    Kelly Canfield | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:51 pm 9
    In response to Peterr @ 8

    H/T to Margaret. She ‘s the one who turned me on to that video.


    Kelly Canfield | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:54 pm 10

    And btw, y’all know that last night was Walpurgisnacht, right?


    Kelly Canfield | Saturday May 1, 2010 07:54 pm 11

    Back later – must pay attention to Mr. B for a bit.


    Lisa Derrick | Saturday May 1, 2010 08:02 pm 12

    Here’s a report from Truth Wins Out

    Right Wing May Day Event A Bust
    Posted May 1st, 2010 by Wayne Besen

    Early this morning, I went to the heavily promoted, “May Day 2010: A Cry To God For A Nation In Distress.” It was organized by Janet Porter (formerly Folger in red jacket) who is best known for running the failed “ex-gay” Truth in Love ad campaign in 1998.

    The event was a bust. Less than 300 (not official count, but my own estimate) people turned out in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington today to hear a star-studded line-up of evangelists and right wing political leaders. Organizers claimed from the stage that the event cost $70,000, so they had clearly expected an impressive turnout. The big names included the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Generals International’s Cindy Jacobs (yellow shirt), Porno Pete Labarbera, Bob Knight and Alan Keyes.


    TheLurkingMod | Saturday May 1, 2010 08:02 pm 13

    PJEvans | Saturday May 1, 2010 08:14 pm 14

    It kind of makes you hope for lightning to strike right there during someone’s Big Speech about how god hates Amur’ca and will cause some kind of disaster to strike us because we don’t stand around on street corners praying enough.

    They clearly haven’t noticed all the stuff that happened because Bush and Cheney loved Big Business more than they love anything else.


    spanishinquisition | Saturday May 1, 2010 09:06 pm 15

    Wicked? Okay the President has broken some promises and isn’t living up to our hopes, but “wicked”? That’s kinda pushing it.

    Yeah, let’s minimize Obama declaring that he can lock people up indefinitely without trial and that he can assassinate citizens who haven’t been found guilty of anything – nothing wicked about that since any complainers are just pouty because they didn’t get their unicorn and are extremists who are to the left of the left anyway.


    Kassandra | Sunday May 2, 2010 06:21 am 16

    I’ll take the pagan’s way, thankyouverymuch. Bet the media has wall to wall on this one.


    Cellar47 | Sunday May 2, 2010 06:25 am 17

    browngregbrown | Sunday May 2, 2010 07:03 am 18

    “Wicked? Okay the President has broken some promises and isn’t living up to our hopes, but ‘wicked’?”

    1 : morally very bad : EVIL
    b : disposed to or marked by mischief : ROGUISH
    (MW 11th Collegiate)

    Yes, wicked. Is utterly corrupt in action. Words do not match deeds. Perpetrator of fraud. Conspirator in massive redistribution of wealth and power to those who already have more than they need or handle responsibly.

    One should be careful not to deny one evil in an attempt to portray something else in a negative light.


    browngregbrown | Sunday May 2, 2010 07:08 am 19
    In response to browngregbrown @ 18

    Okay, I left out: continues and refines torture regimes, authorized assassinations of American citizens without due process, continues to support the mass murder of innocent civilians by bombing homes with drone bombers, ad infinitum. Yes, evil, wicked.


    Acharn | Sunday May 2, 2010 05:03 pm 20

    “…pray in the name of Cthulhu for the safety of our troops,…”

    You haven’t read the Necronomicon lately, have you? Cthulhu isn’t a god you would pray to for safety.


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