Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman is hopeful Louisiana Republican John Fleming will not only follow through on a recent pledge to push for nationwide faith healing, but will augment that effort by embracing other humbling practices.
The House Freedom Caucus co-founder floated the idea Tuesday of petitioning The Almighty for assistance in quelling violence visited upon law enforcement officials in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama.
"While we condemn any misuse of the authority by law enforcement and seek swift justice in the case of abuses, there have been too many cases in recent days of private citizens using violence against police officers simply because of the uniform they wear. … We cannot allow this pattern to continue,” Fleming stressed in an official release touting his desire to have Obama schedule a National Day of Prayer and Peace.
“I plan to introduce a resolution with my colleagues when Congress returns next week calling for this National Day of Prayer,” the four-term lawmaker pledged.
While heartened by Fleming’s come-to-Jesus moment, Twyman told HOH pols ought to be worried about halting hurtful acts against everyone.
“The fact is it’s just too limited. It needs to be a vigil to end violence, period,” Twyman asserted, listing recent attacks against unarmed African-Americans, media professionals and cops as equally troubling.
Twyman last week paid tribute to slain WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward — the TV crew killed on Aug. 26 by former colleague Vester Lee Flanagan near Roanoke, Va. — by camping out in front of the White House to collect condolences from passersby.
His plan is to caravan down from D.C. to Roanoke in the coming days to deliver the life-affirming messages as part of a National Pray for the Media Day.
As for Congress, Twyman said he intends to contact Fleming about fine-tuning his proposal.
“It might not be a bad thing if some of our representatives and the president would forgo a couple of meals for one day,” he said, citing the time-honored tradition of fasting as the “missing element” in Fleming’s strategy. “This is a spiritual warfare against demons that we are fighting and we need to use the spiritual weapons a prayer and fasting to combat these evil forces.”
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