40 Evangelical, Baptist churches and other fringe religious groups led by Operation Save America (OSA), a group that strongly opposes LGBT rights and trying to stop abortions, are planning a protest for the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina .
The event is titled “Charlotte 714,” a reference to 2 Chronicles 7:14 that reads “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
In the 40 days leading up to the convention, Charlotte714 is calling for all participants to fast, which Benham says can consist of consuming only water, or of fasting from sweets and soda as well as television, texting and emailing after 5 p.m.
And when the convention begins, Charlotte714 hopes to give each convention delegate a “small gift,” initially intended to be North Carolina pralines. After the convention nixed the plan as a security risk, [organizer David] Benham says every delegate will instead get a welcome letter in their hotel room offering prayer or aid.
OSA refers to Democrats as the “Party of Death” and has said of the convention “Thousands of anarchists, agitators, fascists, ad nauseam, will be filling the streets of Charlotte looking to eat their own.”