Jericho March plans to return from DC within the New Yr, praying that Pence will overturn the election
(RNS) – A die-hard group of Trump supporters is hoping 2021 will begin with prayer, fasting, and perhaps a miracle.
The organizers of the Jericho March, which is scheduled for Tuesday (January 5th) and Wednesday (January 6th), have called on “patriots, people of faith and all who want to retake America” to travel to Washington on these days to travel two marches to overthrow the recent presidential election.
Protesters plan to blow ritual Jewish horns called shofars on the first day before circling the Supreme Court building seven times to mimic the siege of the city of Jericho by the Israelites described in the book of Joshua of the Bible. They are planning the same around the US Capitol on Wednesday.
Protesters will also pray that Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress reject electoral rolls from Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Nevada, where Trump loyalists claim there was rampant electoral fraud.
Courts in these states, as well as federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, have dismissed a number of lawsuits filed by supporters of President Donald Trump, ruling that there was no evidence of election fraud. Former US attorney William Barr told The Associated Press in early December that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud.
Before the two days of protest, the organizers will hold candlelight vigils and “self-guided” marches in the country’s capital. Similar marches will take place in states where protesters claim the elections were fraudulent.
In mid-December, speakers including Eric Metaxas, the evangelical writer and radio host who became a conspiracy theorist, and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell attended a rally in Washington organized by the same group of pro-Trump activists. On the same day, members of the far-right militia, the Proud Boys, burned Black Lives Matter banners in two DC churches.
Metaxas and other Trump evangelical supporters have held a series of evening prayer calls with pro-Trump figures such as Michael Flynn, a former presidential adviser who pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI and who was later pardoned by Trump, along with religious leaders who prophesied this Trump would be re-elected.
Jericho March organizers said in a statement that they are calling for administrative officials, including pence, to intervene in the elections.
“Vice President Pence has the option to elect the president himself and Jericho March calls on him to exercise his rightful power in the face of apparent electoral fraud and corruption,” the group said in a statement.
Pence will chair the Senate on Wednesday when Congress meets to approve the vote of the electoral college. According to legal experts, federal law requires him to accept state-certified electoral rolls.
The Jericho March announcement came after Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced he would object to the results of multiple state certification and join several U.S. officials who announced they would do the same.
Conservative Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska accused his colleagues of putting political ambition above the good of the nation and trying to disenfranchise millions of American voters.
“Adults do not point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government,” he wrote.
Several well-known anti-Trump evangelicals, including Southern Baptist author and Bible teacher Beth Moore and author and First Amendment attorney David French, have denounced the way in which presidential evangelicals have embraced conspiracy theories.
“I’ve never seen anything in this United States of America that I found more seductive and dangerous than Trumpism for the saints of God,” Moore said on Twitter in mid-December. “This Christian nationalism is not from God. Get back away from it. “
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