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Wingnuts at 'tent revival' kickoff for Reformation Ohio

“Sound an alarm. A Holy Ghost invasion is taking place. Man your battle stations, ready your weapons, lock and load.”

— Rev. Rod Parsley, pastor of the World Harvest Church, met with thunderous applause, at a rally for his Reformation Ohio baby

After reading a quote like that, it’s merely a revival missing the tent — there’s a political/evangelical event going on, so I’m sure there may be a few tents up there where Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C) is heading to press the flesh.

In a truly scary AmTaliban move, Reformation Ohio seeks to converting 100,000 people to Christianity within four years (and get those voters registered), but the event is also being used by a who’s who of right-winger politicians that are bellying up to glad hand with the “base,” and to get those holy photo ops.

Televangelist clown Rod Parsley is the man behind this nonsense. Parsley and his political arm, Center for Moral Clarity is also planning to rally up wingnut support for homo-bigot Keith Butler in his race for the Senate seat in Michigan. (ABC):

A new coalition dedicated to converting thousands to Christianity and getting thousands more on voter registration lists got its start Friday with a tightly scripted rally that resembled a revival meeting.

More than 1,000 people gathered outside the Statehouse for the launch of Reformation Ohio. The group, founded by the Rev. Rod Parsley, a television evangelist and pastor of the World Harvest Church in suburban Columbus, vehemently opposes gay rights, and Parsley has written that the teachings of Islam were inspired by demons.

The group’s formation comes after last November’s election in which Christian conservatives helped pass a gay-marriage ban in Ohio and give President Bush the electoral votes he needed to claim victory.

Speakers included U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican from Kansas who is considering a White House run in 2008; Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Brownback was a supporter of FMA and promised not hire openly gay people for his staff. Ken Blackwell plans to profit from the support of the fundamentalists in his race for governor of Ohio. NC Rep. Walter Jones is pushing H.R. 235, which would allow pastors to endorse candidates without jeopardizing church tax exemption. (Blackwell photo: Greg Sailor for The New York Times).

Blackwell, who also won Brownback’s endorsement Friday, praised the efforts of Parsley and others to sign up new voters. Parsley’s goal is to add 400,000 people to voter rolls. “Reformation Ohio is about history-making times, reforming the culture,” Blackwell said. “We are a government that governs only with the consent of the governed.”

Brownback, who has emerged as a leading skeptic of President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, said the nation is engaged in a cultural struggle. “We need a culture that buttresses our families, not attacks them. We need a society that honors good and condemns what is bad,” Brownback said.

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