“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – President Ronald Reagan
National Prayer Points
CPCF legal team: The CPCF Legal Team prepared a brief, joined also by a military chaplain’s organization and a veterans’ organization, urging the Supreme Court to review the decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that Bladensburg, Maryland, had to remove a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross that has stood for almost a century recognizing the county’s war dead because it was a symbol affiliated with Christianity. Our prayers have been answered, as the Supreme Court this past Friday agreed to review the case. Pray now for First Liberty as they prepare, and for a favorable decision; one literally upholding the memorial cross. Also, pray for our legal team as they prepare a full amicus brief.
Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger in Pakistan. The Supreme Court overturned her conviction on Wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence. But she has yet to be freed. Her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.
State Prayer Points
Religious Liberty Legislation: Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and First Amendment Rights. Also, pray that bills and resolutions that undermine our Rights will be unsuccessful.
The CPCF legal team has researched best practices legislation and provided talking points on various religious freedom topics to assist legislators. Download the NEW Report. View a model school invocation policy.
CPCF Legal Team: A case involving a memorial cross in Pensacola, Florida was found to violate the Establishment Clause. The counsel in that case tried to advance it on the Supreme Court’s calendar to have it considered along with the Bladensburg case, but the Supreme Court denied that motion. The battle goes on.
CPCF Legal Team:The CPCF joined an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant the cert petition in this case involving proper application of the Establishment Clause to a high school coach being fired for bending the knee and praying by himself on the field after a football game. The Supreme Court has now reconferenced this case a couple times, which normally indicates that it is getting close consideration. It has been reset for the next conference on October 26.
WI: CPCF Stands For Ministers’ Housing Allowance
CPCF Legal Team:The appeal of the Wisconsin district court’s decision that the IRC’s exclusion of the value of a ministers’ housing allowance from gross income violates the Establishment Clause is fully briefed (including an amicus in support of the allowance by us on behalf of several of you) and will be argued shortly. While we expect the Seventh Circuit to reverse, if it affirms, the government almost certainly will file for cert, and the Court will most likely accept it for review.
Prayer for the American Prayer Caucus Network and CPCFoundation
The CPCF helps build and support a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 federal and state elected leaders who are standing for faith and impacting the culture. Please join us in praying daily for them, their families, and staff.
Each week Congress is in session, members of Congressional Prayer Caucus meet before votes to pray in Room 219 of the U.S. Capitol. Please pray for the CPC to continue to grow and be increasingly effective for generations to come.
Include: Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Military, Faith Leaders, First Responders, Etc.
Email me to join the CPCF Prayer Team! Commit to praying for the Members and families of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, The American Prayer Caucus Network, and the CPCFoundation.
Prayer for Anti-Faith Groups
Freedom From Religion Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
American Humanists Association
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Southern Poverty Law Center
For more information about this prayer initiative, contact Summer Ingram, National Director of Prayer and Mobilization for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.