New Apostolic Reformation movement Christians are urged to pray about North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention, and atheist billboards, according to a "Reformation Prayer Network" bulletin sponsored by Cindy Jacob's Generals International.
The prayer warriors will "declare that our King come down to visit the Democrats, the media, the protesters, and many of the banks and financial centers in Charlotte." They are also urged to "pray for release of a spirit of truth and prophecy throughout Charlotte and in every state across this nation so that the voice of the Lord can be heard! Bind the principality of Leviathan from working in the media and those who are giving speeches, along with the spirits of lying, deception and manipulation in the Name of Jesus."
Among other things, one of the intercessors participating in the Reformation Prayer Network had a vision of a terrorist attack during President Obama's acceptance of the Democratic party's nomination and the group will be praying for his and the country's protection.
Another issue to be targeted by prayer is that "a spirit of love and prayer would be the response of the Ekklesia to offensive words, billboards and signs that mock Christianity. (Matthew 5:11-12, 44; 1 Cor. 13, 14:33; Isaiah 60:13)" The prayer network is referring to the American Atheists' billboards in Charlotte.
The messages on the American Atheists' billboards read:
- "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry;" and
- "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love."
- The slogan on the bottom of each billboard is, "Atheism: Simply Reasonable."
American Atheists is protesting how politicians from both the Republican and Democratic parties have used religion in politics. "The election of our leaders in the United States is one of the most important decisions that we as citizens make," Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, said in a statement. "Allowing our judgment to be clouded by sheer silliness is unacceptable … no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification for those desiring public office. How can we disregard our governing principles so blatantly?"
"This nation was founded under God," a woman told the local NBC television affiliate WCNC about the signs. Another interviewee said that it is the American Atheists' right to put up the signs as long as they were not "bashing" others because of their beliefs.
American Atheists paid for the signs to stay up in Charlotte for about two months. The billboards were rejected in Tampa.
In an earlier effort, American Atheists announced on August 23 that they were taking down billboards early due to the volume of threats received by email and phone.