It’s not a coincidence that the religious right is simultaneously holding several different prayer events immediately before an election. Such events have two purposes: 1) to motivate religious right voters to go to the polls, and 2) to raise money for religious right organizations (both directly and by adding new names to their collective mailing lists for future fleecing).
I’ve already mentioned 40 Days to Save America, which is scheduled to start on Sept. 28th and end on Nov. 6th. That one is organized by Rick Scarborough, who held a similar event in 2008. The board of governors for that event includes Tony Perkins, Robert Jeffress, Anne Giminez, Janet Porter, Mat Staver, Jerry Boykin, Jim Garlow, Dave Butts, Tim Wildmon and Harry Jackson.
Then there’s If My People 2012, which is scheduled for — hey, what a coincidence — Sept. 28 to Nov. 6th. They’ve got “prayer leaders” instead of a board of governors, and those leaders include many of the same names — Tony Perkins, Dave Butts, and Harry Jackson, along with folks like Kirk Cameron, Mike Huckabee and Ken Ham.And there’s America for Jesus 2012, which happens Sept. 28-29. That event has a list of leaders, which also include many of the names involved in the other two events — Anne Giminez, Harry Jackson, Jim Garlow, and Dave Butts, along with major league crackpots Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs.
All of these events will do exactly the same thing, which is nothing at all — other than lining the coffers of the religious frauds running them, of course.