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About That Giant Stage on the Mall “a giant religious revival event which organizers claim will draw more than 350,000 people”

by Prince Of Petworth July 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm 36 Comments


A reader reports:

“Over the last week, I have watched as two enormous stages have been erected in the grassy area north of the monument. The whole area has been fenced off and there are generators and trailers everywhere. Finally curious enough about what was happening, I looked on the internet and saw this is part of a giant religious revival event which organizers claim will draw more than 350,000 people.

Be one of a million standing for Jesus on 7.16.16.”

Looks like they are expecting a whole lot of people. The footprint is enormous. And someone said the pope is going to be speaking to the crowd via video? Unconfirmed. Unsurprisingly, the music from the stage was really bad. Even more than other places, the Mall is packed with people playing Pokemon Go. If you can handle the crowds, the people watching on Saturday could be amazing.”



  • jaseguy

    Am I reading that sign correctly; “Jesus, will you ______ my _________”?

    • derp derp

      It looks like that. I have a feeling there will be some funny photos as a result.

  • stacksp

    “Bless my family”
    “Free my soul”
    “Break my addiction”

    • Effie

      “Butter my Muffin”

      • Novatronic

        “Paint my house”

  • jaseguy

    Ah… So you can just ask for these things and he’ll help?

  • OP Anon

    Amuricah: “Jesus, will you Trump my Pence?”
    Jesus: “Done. Check out the sweet logo I designed in MS Paint.”

    • accendo


  • ke

    That sign is a Cards Against Humanity game gone wrong (or right?). I think it’s the font/background combo.

  • for Christ’s sake!

    • test


  • JoDa

    I believe we could play a whole night of CAH with just that prompt.

  • I think not

    There’s also a big Stonewall Sports Kickball/Dodge ball tournament on the mall all weekend (LGBTQ friendly social sports league, for those who don’t know) . It’s going to be huge, my best friend is coming with 52 other people from Charlotte, NC and said they’re one of the smaller groups. Coincidence?

  • KenyonDweller

    A guy has been wandering up and down 15th St. today with a megaphone ordering us all to repent. Maybe he’s visiting for this shindig on the Mall.

  • bents


  • P. Lecheval

    Just like the Million Man March was well short of a million men, there’s no way this event will draw 350,000. And what, pray tell, will make the people watching so outstanding for this thing? I think we all know exactly what kind of people we’ll be seeing there: CHRISTIANS!

  • nwean
  • java

    What is up w/ the ”people watching” comment? Offensive.
    There is no way that comment would fly if it were a Black Lives Matters group or some sort of non-religious rock concert.
    Why is it ok to lump all Christians involved w/ this program into the ”freak” category? Sure some Christians are freaks, but so are some blacks, whites, asians, jews, muslims etc. Not all Christians are freaks. Yes, offensive.

    • TacoPants

      Amen, getting kinky knows no race color or creed

  • ThinSkinJim

    you’re offensive to us offending types.

    • test


  • Jeff

    Wonder if everyone would make fun of this if it was a gathering of Muslims? I assume you’d all rejoice at the diversity…. How, cliche.

  • Hill Denizen

    To play devil’s advocate (no pun intended), it could be pretty amusing to see a bunch of people enthralled in catching Pokemon accidentally crashing a religious concert. But yeah, not cool to assume that because they’re Christians, it’s gonna be a freak show…or that they have terrible music for that matter. I’m no music expert but I’ve heard a lot of religious pop/rock that was perfectly entertaining.

    • P. Lecheval

      Exactly. It’s like assuming all Muslims are terrorists.

  • BMouse

    On their website, 350,000 people total have signed up on the website. So yeah, doubt all of them are showing up.

  • Lisa

    Are you kidding? If it was a gathering of Muslims celebrating Islam the comments would be much worse than random snarkiness.

    • Clarissa

      @ Lisa – at a Donald Trump rally, yeah. But among this group – are you serious? Maybe you’d have two random bigots comment, and then 100 jump down their throats.

      There is a somewhat nasty and disappointing double standard here. This is part of the problem.

  • Lisa

    meant as a reply to Jeff 5:18.

    • Jas

      There’s a Gospel According to Jeff now? What does chapter 5 verse 18 say?

  • banananonymous

    I guess :/

  • It’s Just Me

    I read in the Post that their permit is only for 100K, so I bet they;re actually expecting fewer than that.

  • On Capital Heels

    A disappointing lack of tolerance on this thread!

    • Reality

      We should show more tolerance for their intolerance?

      • Jeff

        First person I ever met with AIDs was a gay man back in my “intolerant” Southern Baptist Church during the mid 1980s. The Church gave him a place to live, food to eat, and comforted him in his final year after his family turned their back on him. So, if you want to talk about “intolerance”, go preach it somewhere else.

  • David

    I happened to really enjoy that “really bad” music. The musical lineup included some of the highest selling Christian artists on the billboard charts, including several Grammy winners. It was an outstanding event for all people of faith to come together and pray for our country which is in such turmoil.

    • anon

      With all due respect, “highest selling” and “Grammy winner” are not dependable indicators that a band is actually any good. In fact the opposite is often the case. To each his or her own but I have never heard mainstream Christian bands that were anything other than somewhere between mediocre and, well, god-awful. Except for Stryper back in the 80s, of course. “To Hell With The Devil” was AWESOME.


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