Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 10/17-10/24
“Although the Air Force adopted a secular flag-folding script in 2005, the military branch said in June it would revise the policy to ensure airmen are allowed to express their religious beliefs unimpeded at retirement ceremonies in the future.” 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.
Religious Freedom And Healthcare
…”This inseparability of motivation explains why 91 percent of faith-based physicians surveyed say they will leave medicine if forced to choose between their careers and their conscience. When a physician is forced to leave, every patient served by that physician loses her doctor. When a faith-based institution is forced to close, in some cases a whole region loses healthcare.”
“The future of religious schools in America could hinge on the outcome of one case currently before the United States Supreme Court — Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.”
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.
“Judge Moore was suspended without pay after a hearing before the Court of Judiciary, which was set up by the Judicial Inquiry Commission to determine whether Moore told probate judges to defy the Supreme Court ruling legalizing unnatural marriage. He has appealed to the state Supreme Court.”
“The music of Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac and other popular Christian artists is no longer welcome on public school buses in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The school district recently directed a bus driver to refrain from playing a Christian radio station while transporting children, television station KFSM first reported. The edict was handed down after a complaint was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based assortment of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers and other radical rabble rousers.”
“A few days before the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, observed this year on October 2, an extremist special interest group filed a federal lawsuit to stop a small Jewish synagogue in California from partaking in a traditional ceremony to be carried out shortly thereafter.”
“Last week, ADF filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Massachusetts churches and their pastors to protect their right to use their houses of worship consistently with their beliefs. Here’s how the media has characterized the case.”
“Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, fired off a letter to the medical center on behalf of the veteran – alleging that the presence of the Bible inside a government facility is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.”
“The Williamson County school board voted 7-4 against a set of proposed religious liberty policies Monday night. All board members said they supported religious liberties in schools, but they sharply differed on the necessity of the proposed policies. The policies — one on student religious liberties and another on employee religious liberties — aimed to clarify how students and employees can express their faith at school.”
“Students in Texas pushed back when their school decided to cave in to an atheist group and covered a painting of the Ten Commandments.”
“On September 6, 2016, Mr. Jones provided the 1st Choice Marine logo to the school. However, the next day, a school official said that they could not use the business’s logo because the company’s slogan, ‘It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus,’ could put the school “’n real hot water’…shortly after First Liberty sent the demand letter, Lewisville ISD issued this statement: “FMHS Bass Club is a student-founded and student-led group separate from Flower Mound High School. The organization is not affiliated with or sponsored by Lewisville ISD. As such, the students in the club are free to make decisions regarding who may pay to sponsor their club and which logos are placed on their jerseys, website, and/or other areas under their control. Flower Mound HS administration therefore cannot require prior approval for such sponsorships or logos. The District will not further interfere in which logos or sponsorships the FMHS Bass Club chooses to accept.”
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.