Cindy Jacobs and John Benefiel have united in a 40-day prayer event that will culminate on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) with prayers directed at Washington D.C., which they call the "District of Christ." The prayer event is part of a larger 51-days of intercessory prayer event which continues in Philadelphia.
Both Jacobs and Benefiel are prominent members of the New Apostolic Reformation movement, a movement that promotes Christian dominionism over "7 Mountains" of culture — government, religion, family, education, business and finance, arts and entertainment, and the media. As noted in previous reports about the prayer event:
Jacobs sends "decrees over individuals and nations" and claims to be able to stop floods and make the waters subside with her verbal commands. She thought a reflection of a man riding a horse caught in an MSNBC news segment about riots in Egypt could possibly be a supernatural phenomenon associated with the 4th Horseman of the Apocalypse and said the dead birds and fish in Arkansas were God's judgment for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
The Pagan community and other earth and goddess-based religions are alarmed by the intercessory prayer and New Apostolic Reformation movement, which calls for Christian nationalism and a form of theocracy. In fact, those in the Washington, DC, area will be protesting.
CapitalWitch.com announced that the Pagan community will hold a Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, as a protest to the New Apostolic Reformation’s 51-day prayer campaign targeting Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, and other Goddess-worshipers nationwide.
The October 30 protest is sponsored by Sacred Space, an annual conference on metaphysics, mysticism and magick.
From the press release,
Katrina Messenger, a writer, teacher, blogger, poet and Washington, DC native, will be the main celebrant in Lafayette Square Park. Ms. Messenger said, "The methods used by the NAR and other Dominionists are founded upon hate, fear, and ignorance. Their demonization of our Gods and Goddesses uses inflammatory language that can lead to violence and discrimination against followers of minority religions. We have choices in how to respond to this threat to our freedom and our faiths. Many are resorting to prayer, some to writing letters, and some to defensive strategies. We decided to honor the Queen of Heaven, the Goddess Inanna, in a public space, and demonstrate the very freedoms the Dominionists seek to destroy." Ms. Messenger is the founder of Connect DC and the Reflections Mystery School in Petworth.
Event organizer Caroline Kenner is a Washington, DC-born shamanic healer and teacher who now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. “Nationally, many in our community are appalled by the scurrilous lies about our Goddesses spread by the New Apostolic Reformation. We Pagans are proud American citizens entitled to all the religious freedom granted by the Founders of this country in our Constitution. We are dismayed by the hate-filled rhetoric the New Apostolic Reformation uses, and we wish to show the public that our Goddesses are beneficent and peaceful deities.”
The event in Lafayette Square Park begins at noon and ends at 5pm on Sunday, October 30th, Samhain eve to many Pagans, leading into one of the most holy days of the Pagan year. “Samhain, or Halloween, is the Feast of the Ancestors in some of our Pagan religions. We will invoke the Founding Fathers and Mothers of our nation during our ceremony, along with a multitude of Goddesses from pantheons both ancient and modern. Among our Goddesses will be Lady Liberty and Columbia, the Goddess who stands guard atop the Capitol Building,” said Ms. Kenner. “The New Apostolic Reformation people would topple Columbia from Her pinnacle, and rename DC the District of Christ.”
There will be a number of people offering prayers during the ritual, including a Unitarian Universalist minister and celebrants from several Pagan faiths. After the religious ceremony, there will be drumming, dancing, chanting and energy raising designed to protect people in all fifty states and DC who support freedom of religious belief and practice for everyone. People of all faiths or none are welcome to join the event.
As Right Wing Watch has previously reported, the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation movement recommend "spiritual housecleaning" where followers are to burn "the kinds of material things that might be bringing honor to the spirits of darkness; pictures, statues, Catholic saints, Books of Mormon, pictures of former lovers, pornographic material, fetishes, drugs, Ouija boards, zodiac charms, good luck symbols, crystals for healing, amulets, talismans, tarot cards, witch dolls, voodoo items, love potions, books of magic, totem poles, certain pieces of jewelry, objects of Freemasonry, horoscopes gargoyles, native art, foreign souvenirs …"