Over 16,000 Christians sign petition to ban ‘toxic’ Trump rally from taking place in Las Vegas

A petition calling on city leaders in Las Vegas to cancel an upcoming Trump rally has been signed by thousands of Christians who say that such a “toxic” event shouldn’t be held on public property, Newsweek reported.

The petition, launched earlier this month by the group Faithful America, asks officials to cancel plans to host the “Reawaken America Tour,” which will feature conservative figures like Michael Flynn and Donald Trump‘s son, Eric. As Newsweek points out, critics say the tour endorses right-wing conspiracy theories and “Christian nationalism.”

Also appearing at the rally, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, will be Alex Jones and comedian Roseanne Barr. Organizer say they expect around 5,000 people to attend.

According to Faithful America — which is a progressive Christian organization — the rally is “one of the worst examples of Christian nationalism today,” and claims the event promotes “antisemitism” and “political violence.”

“Each ReAwaken America event is a toxic, two-day parade of pro-Trump preachers, MAGA celebrities, and QAnon conspiracy theorists mixing election denial, violent rhetoric, and deadly COVID-19 misinformation with baptisms and praise music—all in Jesus’s name for audiences of thousands,” the petition reads. “An event that promotes antisemitism, lies, and even outright political violence should never be welcome on public property. Let’s speak out together now and ask North Las Vegas Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown to revoke ReAwaken America’s permits and decline to rent them public facilities.”

The group said “toxic nationalism” has “no place in a publicly owned venue,” and that the First Amendment “does not protect the incitement of political violence” or “obligate taxpayers to platform hate speech like antisemitism.”

According to Newsweek, the petition had around 16,000 signatures as of this Sunday.

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