15,000 expected at National Mall in DC for ‘worship protest’ Sunday

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Evangelical singer and former Republican congressional hopeful Sean Feucht will host a large “worship protest” in Washington, D.C. this weekend that expects to draw 15,000 attendees to the National Mall for prayer, singing and mass baptisms.

The Sunday event is the final stop in Feucht’s “Let Us Worship” tour, which has brought the Christian musician and political hopeful to cities across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, in part to protest against restrictions on religious gatherings.

Shortly after Seattle officials denied his permit to host an event there last month, Feucht wrote in an op-ed published in The Federalist that he was hosting these “worship protests” in defiance of Covid restrictions because “God is moving, and our nation needs it now more than ever in my lifetime,” adding that “in major cities across America, godless politicians are adopting tactics that more closely resemble those of jihadist ayatollahs than men and women who are sworn to uphold the rule of law.”

Feucht’s tour has drawn the ire of public health officials who have said Feucht is violating coronavirus prevention rules by hosting large gatherings.

The permit for Feucht’s Sunday event, provided to NBC News by the National Park Service, lists a Covid-19 mitigation plan that includes masks and gloves for crew, sanitization of high-touch areas backstage, sanitation stations outside port-o-potties, and “a sign placed at the table where we will give away Bibles.”

There is no other mention of masks or face coverings in the permit application.

The National Park Service did not respond to a NBC News request for comment on the sufficiency of the event’s Covid-19 mitigation plan.

In an email, Susana Castillo, spokesperson for Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, said they “don’t have jurisdiction over federal property.”

Feucht did not immediately respond to a NBC News request for comment.

In a tightly edited video posted to his Twitter account Tuesday, Feucht counted down the days to the final event of his nationwide tour, which he said will be the 45th stop.