ReAwaken America tour set for stop in Canton Friday, Saturday
CANTON – Some of the biggest stars of the MAGA-verse are expected to speak Friday and Saturday as the "ReAwaken America" national tour visits Stark County.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, My Pillow mogul Mike Lindell, Eric Trump, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an anti-vaccine physician from Cleveland, and the Revs. Greg Locke and Mark Burns are some of those slated for the two-day ticketed event.
It was set to begin at 10 a.m. both days at Trinity Gospel Temple at 1612 Tuscarawas St. W.
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A cross between a political rally, conference and tent revival, the ReAwaken America Tour is the brainchild of Flynn and conservative podcaster and entrepreneur Clay Clark. The target audience is conservative evangelical Christians who strongly support former President Donald Trump.
It is unclear how many of the expected speakers will be in person or whether some may appear via video livestream.
Event organizers, and the Rev. David Lombardi, senior pastor at Trinity Gospel Temple, could not be reached Thursday for comment.
Flynn briefly served as Trump's National Security adviser before running into legal trouble. Last year while speaking on tour, he sparked criticism by suggesting that America should have one religion, namely Christianity.
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On Thursday, workers scrambled inside Trinity Gospel Temple to set up for the event, including vendor tables for My Pillow, America's Frontline Doctors, and merchandise displays of T-shirts, patriotic jewelry and "Let's Go Brandon" hats.
The event is drawing criticism from pastors in Ohio affiliated with Faith in Public Life, a nationwide network of clergy and faith leaders who address social justice issues.
“A call for white Christian supremacy in our nation is antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ that not only proclaims but demonstrates the love and justice of God for all people," the Rev. Lynn Bozich Shetzer of North Canton said in a statement ahead of the event.
"The anti-vaccine message proclaimed by Flynn and his associates is dangerous, deadly and false. There is nothing Christian or even patriotic about it. As a person of faith who is trying to follow Jesus, I must speak out in protest.”
The Rev. Dan Clark, Ohio director of Faith in Public Life, added, “Our society will flourish when we open our arms wide to the dignity of all people and live together in a multiracial multi-faith democracy. But the extreme views of the ReAwaken America tour misappropriate my Christian faith and spread dangerous information about who’s in and who’s out. We need to stand up and stand together to resist this hijacking of our democracy.”
Trump himself has visited Canton and Stark County at least three times, including once as a private citizen, once as a candidate, and once as president. His children Eric and Ivanka also visited while on the campaign trail.
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton set to host the ReAwaken America Tour