By Nate Hochman — Originally published in National Review
As more protesters flock to the Ottawa trucker convoy to protest Canada’s pandemic restrictions, the movement has taken on an explicitly Christian tone. Signs, makeshift food stands, and truck doors throughout the event are covered in Christian iconography and passages of Biblical scripture.
This morning [Monday], I attended the protest’s daily “Jericho March”, which takes place every morning at 9am The assembled crowd, which attracted around 50 attendees despite the weather sitting at five degrees below zero, walked a lap around Parliament Hill, carrying horns and trumpets as symbolic tribute to the Biblical story of Jericho. “In the book of Joshua, the Lord guided Joshua and his army to march around Jericho,” Benita Peterson, the organiser of the Jericho March, told me. “So the simple version of it is, they marched around once a day for six days, and on the seventh day of the march, seven times — they blew their horns, and the walls came down.” (On Thursdays, the Ottawa march happens at 7am, and protesters take seven full laps around Parliament Hill instead of just one.)
The influx of Christians from across Canada is a new development, and a sign that the Ottawa protest is expanding beyond the truckers who initiated it. While some of the truckers are Christians, and Peterson says the two groups are “in communication” — “I still need to talk to some more truckers because we want to coordinate a special horn honking thing on Thursday,” she tells me — the growing congregant of Christians at the convoy is a distinct group. Many of the protesters I talked to this morning came from across the country, some embarking on multi-day trips just to get here. “I caught a ride with a trucker from Alberta to Ontario — the whole trip took me four days,” Peterson said. “Three days to get to Ontario, and then part way through Ontario, I caught a ride with a different trucker. And then I was here.”
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