Tens of Thousands to Protest Obamacare in
27 Hour Prayer Vigil Begins on Sunday
Americans converging on Washington for protests and rallies against
President Obama's health-care reforms this weekend intend to fight like
it all depends on them, and pray like it all depends on God.
Buses packed with protestors from around the nation, including those on
the famous "Tea Party Express," are set to converge on Washington and
march upon the nation's Capitol to express their collective dissent
with Congressional plans to radically reform the health-care system in
the United States. Estimates for the numbers of protestors expected to
arrive number anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000.
But after this weekend's marching and meeting with public
representatives in Washington is done, a group of pro-life, Christian,
and other leaders will initiate a public vigil to pray that taxpayer
funding of abortion will not end up the final version of the current
congressional health care plans under consideration in Congress.
Twenty-seven hours of prayer will begin on Sunday, September 13 at 7:00
P.M. and will conclude on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 P.M.
"Our nation is in more than an economic crisis or a crisis over health
care. We are in a spiritual crisis and the best way to address
fact the only way to address it is through prayer," said Rev. Rob
Schenck, President of Faith and Action.
"Every American, no matter how young or old, can and must pray."
The current version of the Obama health-care plan in the House of
Representatives includes a so-called "compromise" measure on abortion
called the Capps Amendment, which pro-life advocates say does not
eliminate public subsidies for abortion and is no compromise. Instead,
they point out that, thanks to this amendment, H.R. 3200 now mandates
that at least one insurance plan provide coverage for abortion in every
area in the United States. The bill also creates new streams of revenue
not restricted by current federal laws such as the Hyde Amendement,
which can be used to subsidize abortions under the public option and go
to subsidize insurance companies that cover abortions in the form of
"In times of great challenge and crisis, Americans have always turned
to God in prayer. We have set these 27 hours apart to seek God
wisdom, direction and counsel for our nation. This is especially true
concerning the national debate on health care," said Rev. Patrick J.
Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition.
Mahoney said that the faith leaders will gather on the West Lawn of the
United States Capitol to pray to God that public money is not used to
subsidize abortion and that any health reform coming out of Congress
will genuinely embrace "social justice and human rights."
"We will be a bold public and prophetic witness that abortion is not
health care and that health care reform should bring healing and
compassion, not violence and brokenness. As people of faith, we do not
have to sit on the sidelines and watch as events unfold on the world
state," continued Mahoney. "Rather, through prayer, fasting and
repentance we can help shape history."
Contact: Peter J. Smith
Date: September 10, 2009
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