Current Issues
A Win For Students’ Rights
March 6, 2017


Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 2/28-3/6

“BREAKING NEWS: Another college, another victory for freedom’s future. Grand Valley State University agrees on a settlement with ADF’s Attorneys, and will be revising its expressive activity policy.

‘All students should be able to exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to peacefully share their viewpoints with other students. The policy revisions Grand Valley State officials implemented in the wake of our lawsuit allow this to take place, and we commend them for respecting the First Amendment freedoms of their students rather than engage in prolonged litigation.’ SHARE to spread yet another court victory for ADF, and more importantly, our courageous clients.” Read more here.

National Prayer Points and Praise Reports

Executive Order On Religious Freedom – Take Action Now

This is the moment we have been waiting for, and we cannot miss it.  We are not shouting or resorting  to violence; however, we are calling on you to make every effort to encourage the President to sign the Executive Order that  establishes a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. 

The protections  in the Executive Order ensures that the public square remains open to all religious voices, and protects diversity  and tolerance.  Lawmakers and legal experts agree this is good policy, and such policy is desperately needed. Read more about what this Executive Order does  and doesn’t do here

All American should be free to live according to their deeply held beliefs. Recent court cases prove that citizens need protection from government, employers or others, retaliating against people of faith and our First Amendment Rights. Religious Freedom is a fundamental right and should be protected!

TAKE ACTION NOW – Call (202) 456-1111 and e mail the President at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Supreme Court Declined To Hear Case On Student Privacy

BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court’s has decided Monday to send the student privacy case Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for reconsideration in light of the Trump administration’s reversal of an Obama administration directive that disregarded the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students. ADF filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the Supreme Court and the 4th Circuit in support of the student privacy policy of the Gloucester County Public Schools.

Marine’s Religious Freedom Case Could Be Precedent-Setting

“A Christian law firm is petitioning the Supreme Court to review the case of a former Marine who was forced out of the military because she refused to take down Bible verses from her work cubicle.”

Undeniable: The Survey Of Hostility To Religion In America 

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.  


State Prayer Points and Praise Reports

Religious Liberty Legislation

Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty.

MI: 6th Circuit Asks To Re-Hear Legislative Prayer Case

“A RECENT ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio could set up the first major religious-liberty case Neil Gorsuch may help resolve if the Senate confirms his nomination to the Supreme Court this spring. The Sixth Circuit case concerns a dispute over legislative prayer, a topic Mr Gorsuch has never weighed in on. But in other cases touching on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has shown little inclination to buttress America’s wall of separation between church and state.” If you are a legislator and would like to add your name to an amicus brief, please email Summer@CPCFoundation.com.

NC: Legislative Prayer

“The Fourth Circuit issued an order granting a rehearing en banc in Lund v. Rowan County.  In September, a three-judge panel issued a decision upholding the county’s prayer practice, but plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing, which was granted.  The case is tentatively scheduled for oral argument during January 24-26.  As amici, the brief filed on behalf of the Members of Congress will be refiled with the court at this stage.”


National Prayer Opportunities

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, their families, and staff daily. 

Pray For Our President And All Those In Authority 

“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.

David’s Tent 

Join people from across the nation for 24/7 Worship in Washington DC. They welcome worship teams from every tribe, tongue, nation, denomination, and all 50 U.S. states. Learn more here

 


Prayer for Religious Freedom Internationally

Romania: Government Overreach 

“A message from ADF International: A government agency took five children from a family without warning. After further investigation by the Romanian government, it turned out that the organization was worried about the children being “indoctrinated” by their parents’ religious beliefs. SPREAD the story, and reach out to help defend this family’s freedom.”


Prayer for The CPCF, Our Team, and Initiatives

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

American Prayer Caucus Network

In God We Trust. Put It Up!

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling The Nation To Prayer


Prayer for Others on the Religious Liberty Front

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.


Prayer for Those That Oppose Us

Freedom From Religion Foundation
ACLU
AHA
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation