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Christian worship leader brings controversial prayer rallies to cities roiled by protests

Sep 17, 2020

By Marisa Iati and Sarah Pulliam Bailey

A conservative Christian musician who has been staging worship concerts across the country is performing in Kenosha, Wis., and Chicago on Wednesday as part of a controversial movement he says is intended to bring healing to cities upended by racial unrest.

Sean Feucht, a California-based worship leader, opened a promotional video from Kenosha by pointing to a parking lot of burned cars that he claimed were destroyed in recent protests of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a city police officer.

“We are believing in this place of devastation, God is releasing a sound of hope and healing and peace and unity,” Feucht said in the video. “And that’s what we’re coming to bring today.”

The concerts have drawn criticism for bringing together hundreds or thousands of people, most without masks, during the coronavirus pandemic. Some fellow Christians have also expressed frustration at what they see as Feucht trying to overshadow people protesting systemic racism and the use of force by police.

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