Around 15,000 Christians are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., Sunday for a protest against the coronavirus-induced restrictions on religious gatherings.
The event — titled “Let Us Worship” — will be hosted by Sean Feucht, a California-based worship leader turned Republican politician. The Sunday rally will mark the 45th and final stop on his protest tour around the country, according to a report from NBC News.
Feucht posted a video Friday morning, announcing he is at the White House, where he is “praying today for a spirit of revival, for a spirit of awakening to sweep across America.”
“We’re praying for the executive branch of the government, the president, the vice president, and we’re so excited to see you in three days on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C.,” Feucht said. “It is going to be a historic moment for the future of our nation. We need you guys here. We need your voices. We need your prayers. We’re gonna believe God is going to bring a shift to America and it’s going to affect the nations of the world.”
“We’re going for revival,” he continued. “Revival or bust, baby.”
After Seattle officials denied his permit to host an event there in mid-September, the 37-year-old Feucht wrote in an op-ed for The Federalist that he was hosting “worship protests” in major cities around the U.S. in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions because “God is moving, and our nation needs it now more than ever in my lifetime.”
“[I]n major cities across America, godless politicians are adopting tactics that more closely resemble those of jihadist ayatollahs than men and women who are sworn to uphold the rule of law,” he wrote in part.
NBC News obtained a copy of Feucht’s permit for the Sunday rally, which includes coronavirus mitigation efforts such as masks and gloves for crew members, sanitizing stations, and the frequent cleaning of high-touch areas like port-o-potties.
Susana Castillo, a spokesperson for progressive D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), told the outlet the Democratic mayor’s office can’t do anything about the faith-based rally because they “don’t have jurisdiction over federal property.”