Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 10/3-10/10
“This Georgia school district fired off a directive to school administrators ordering them to eradicate anything remotely religious from all public school buildings.” Read more here.
Thank you to those that have responded with a commitment to pray for us regularly. We are doing one last ask. If you are willing to pray daily for the Congressional Prayer Caucus, an official caucus of the U.S. Congress, the American Prayer Caucus Network, and the CPCF. Please contact Summer Ingram at Summer@CPCFoundation.com.
“United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling was convicted at a court martial after she refused to take down Bible verses she had posted in her workspace and for reposting the verses after her supervisor threw them in the trash. A trial court ruled against Sterling, giving her a bad conduct discharge and reducing her rank. Sterling appealed to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, but the appeals court also ruled against her. First Liberty Institute stepped in and appealed Sterling’s case to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF)— the highest military court. On August 10, 2016, the CAAF ruled against Sterling, denying her constitutional right to religious freedom. First Liberty announced they will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
For anyone who thinks religious discrimination is non-existent in America, the attorneys at First Liberty Institute have a different story.
First Liberty announced the release of Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2016). It is available online here, free of charge.
Religious Liberty Legislation
Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty.
“In an Alliance Defending Freedom case involving two Christian artists, Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski of Brush & Nib Studio, an Arizona state court recently issued a decision that takes an incredibly narrow view of religious freedom. The court ruled that the law protects religious practices like proselytizing, preaching, and praying, but does not protect honoring God with words and paintings. On this theory, those who make a living as preachers and missionaries regularly exercise their faith in a way that’s protected, but those who make a living as God-honoring artists do not.”
“State law forces web, graphic designer to promote same-sex ceremonies, forbids her from communicating publicly about her views.”
“A new Massachusetts law banning sex-segregated bathrooms in public places could soon be used to jail and fine pastors if they use pronouns inconsistent with individuals’ biological sex.”
“A humanist organization has filed a lawsuit against the borough demanding the removal of a statue with a Christian cross outside the public library.”
“North Carolina, has sustained unrelenting and coordinated attacks from big business, the entertainment industry, the ACLU, and now the federal government over its common sense bathroom policies. Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature have had enough of this bullying and filed separate lawsuits against the Department of Justice Monday in the reasonable expectation that a federal judge will order the ideologues at the Department of Justice to back off.”
“First Liberty appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday to get Kennedy back in the game for the remainder of the football season.”
Congressional Prayer Caucus
Congressional Prayer: Each week Congress is in session, members of Congressional Prayer Caucus meet before votes to pray in Room 219 of the U.S. Capitol.
There are over 100 Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus, that is spearheading a strategic movement of national, state and local leaders and citizens who are working together to promote prayer, protect religious freedom and restore, upgrade and popularize America’s founding spirit and the principles related to faith and morality that shaped this Great Republic. Please commit to praying for them regularly.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2, Psalm 91
Include: Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Military, Faith Leaders, First Responders, Etc.
“The organization representing most Canadian institutions of higher education for a century is poised to enact regulations making it virtually impossible for Christian universities to belong, turning its collective back on the history of education in Canada, where most older universities were faith-based.UC’s board has recommended a draft bylaw and a matching policy to its membership that some are warning will force its Christian members to quit the organization or drop policies requiring staff and faculty to adhere to Christian moral teachings.”
Although the Nigerian government has recorded notable military victories over Boko Haram recently and the Islamic terrorist group has killed more Muslims than Christians to date, there’s a growing concern that Boko Haram’s strategy has shifted once again towards the destruction of Christians in Nigeria.
There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Fund, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.
For more information about this prayer initiative, contact Summer Ingram, National Director of Prayer and Mobilization for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.