Restoring the Gates, a Missouri-based prayer ministry, has organized a round-the-clock prayer effort through the end of the confirmation hearing, due to begin next Tuesday. Leaders said that Ashcroft, a two-term Missouri governor, was "a devout man of God, highly principled," who had shown "impeccable behavior and character."
In his BreakPoint radio commentary, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson said that the opposition to Ashcroft was based on the fact that he "is an evangelical and is not bashful about his beliefs. He believes in the Bible, he's outspokenly pro-life, and he's opposed to the gay rights agenda."
Newspapers today carried an Associated Press report telling how Ashcroft was anointed by oil before each of his gubernatorial terms, and compared his political victories and defeats to resurrections and crucifixions. The report said that in his 1998 autobiography John Ashcroft wrote it was against his religion to impose religion on people, but "I also believe that I need to invite God's presence into whatever I'm doing, including the world of politics."