Current Issues
Alliance Defending Freedom – Prayer For Supreme Court Case
November 28, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 11/21 to 11/27

ADF: “On December 5th, ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner will stand before the United States Supreme Court to defend our client, cake artist Jack Phillips. In this landmark case for religious freedom, the Court will decide whether artists and other creative professionals are free to operate their businesses consistently with their faith. The Court’s ruling could have lasting repercussions for all of us.” Join a rally in support of freedom of conscience and Jack Phillips at the US Supreme Court on December 5th from 7am-12pm. Read more here.

National Prayer Points 

First Liberty created a cumulative compilation of recent documented instances of hostility toward free religious exercise. It is often cited by lawmakers, educators, opinion leaders, and the media. 


International Prayer Points

China: DOJ Helps Christian Who Fled China

“A persecuted Christian who fled China is now safe in America after the Trump administration reviewed his case.”


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 religious liberty. Also, pray that bills and resolutions that undermine our First Amendment Rights will be unsuccessful.

AR: Freedom From Religion Foundation Had Prayer Struck From Thanksgiving Performance

From FFRF site: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF was informed by a concerned parent that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and poetry. Students were sent home with a list of lyrics to memorize including one assigned piece featuring a prayer…”

FL: The Battle Ensues For The Cross

“The American Humanist Association’s (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center is asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to uphold the Florida district court’s decision that the 30-foot Christian cross being displayed in a city park – and maintained by taxpayer money – violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

IN: FFRF Outraged – Coach Praying With Students

From FFRF site: “A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that F.J. Reitz High School personnel, including head football coach Andy Hape, prayed with student athletes after a game against Mater Dei High School on Oct. 13. A local newspaper printed a photo with the caption ‘Reitz Head Coach Andy Hape prays with his team.'”

NC: Legislative Prayer Could Be Going To The Supreme Court – Again

“Rowan County in North Carolina asks the Supreme Court to uphold its policy pertaining to praying before public meetings and to clear up conflicting rulings on legislator-led prayer in lower courts. ADF attorneys are co-counsel in this case.”

NM: Pharmacist Seeking Conscience Protections

“The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Walgreens after an Albuquerque, New Mexico, pharmacist declined to sell Misoprostol, a synthetic hormone that is commonly prescribed to treat stomach ulcers but can be used to induce an abortion.”

OK: Freedom From Religion Foundation Shuts Down Christmas Music

From FFRF site: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played KXOJ, the local Christian radio station, any time that students were working on assignments and she wasn’t actively teaching. Another teacher occasionally played Christian music in class and sang along with it.”

TN: First Liberty Defends Man Who Read From The Bible

“First Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression(CRE) have sent a demand letter to the City of Sweetwater on behalf of their client, Paul Johnson. The letter asks the city to stop using a 25-year-old ordinance to prohibit Johnson from reading from a Bible on a public sidewalk without a permit.”

TX: Supreme Court Won’t Take Case Over Student-Led Prayer

“The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that a Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution’s prohibition against government-established religion.”

WI: FFRF Demands Religious Promotion Cease

“The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Wisconsin school district to restrain a school board member from promoting his personal religious beliefs at school events. A concerned resident of Appleton, Wis., contacted FFRF to report that local media published an article stating that a member of the Appleton North High School Board, Alvin Dupree, spoke at the high school’s graduation as part of the program. Dupree’s speech promoted Christianity, referring to ‘Jesus Christ.’ Dupree also gave a presentation to a local political party entitled ‘Placing God in the Classroom.'”


National Prayer Opportunities

Prayer for the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Their Families, and Staff

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 nearly 100 Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, an official bipartisan and bicameral caucus of the U.S. Congress. Please commit to praying daily for them, their families, and staff.

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.

PrayUSA – Government Leaders Calling The Nation to Prayer

In 2015, government leaders spearheaded an effort to call America back to God and prayer. Be part of the Movement — If you are a government leader, church or organization, you can add your name to the list of leaders who are committed to this Call to Prayer for America. Churches and Organizations can contact CPCF to be added to the list. Government Leaders will be automatically added when you sign the Proclamation (document or online). Sign the Proclamation or host a PrayUSA Sunday

Join the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation Prayer Team! 

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
ACLU
AHA
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation