“A group fighting against bible classes in primary schools is pushing for the United Nations to examine religious discrimination in New Zealand.”
Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 11/23-1/30
“This 14-foot tall Latin cross was removed from Memorial Cross public park in Santa, Calif., after Freedom From Religion Foundation representatives, with local member Andrew DeFaria, threatened to sue the city, after trying to work with officials to get the cross removed from public land since 2012. Read more here.
“Nearly 90 percent of all Americans consider religious liberty to be an important issue, and 65 percent of Americans believe that freedom of religion should be protected even against government laws, according to a new Marist poll released this month.
The poll also revealed that appointing a Supreme Court justice who believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution is a high priority for a majority of Americans.”
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.
“A veterans memorial in Minnesota lost one cross but gained more than a dozen others — and a security detail — over the weekend after supporters argued that the city caved to the Freedom from Religion Foundation.”
“Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant argued forcefully in favor of the state’s law protecting Mississippians against government discrimination in a brief filed late Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. In the brief, Bryant and his attorney team, which includes attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, answered arguments against the law levied by those who filed suit to leave citizens without its protections. Bryant filed his opening brief with the 5th Circuit in October of last year…The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, HB 1523, protects citizens, public servants, businesses, and religious institutions from government reprisal for operating publicly according to their belief that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman, that sexual activity is intended only for married couples, and that one’s biological sex cannot change. Bryant signed the overwhelmingly popular bill into law in April 2016, but a federal district court granted a request to block it shortly thereafter.”
“The Veteran’s Memorial at King Central Park is losing its Christian flag and statue of a soldier kneeling by a cross, ending four years of contentious debate. The King City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve a settlement agreement in the lawsuit, Steven Hewett v. the City of King. Under the agreement, the city will not fly the Christian flag, will end its flag lottery policy, and will remove the statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross-shaped marker. The council voted in King City Hall before a mostly filled room of about 60 people. While the crowd never got out of hand, many people shook their heads in frustration as the board voted to settle.”
“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.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is expressing concern to Hamilton County Schools, over prayer at a school football game. The organization sent a letter to school board attorney Scott Bennett on Friday, calling it an ‘unconstitutional coach-led prayer.'”
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Mercer County Schools and the superintendent because they offer voluntary, opt-in Bible classes, which the Foundation claims is unconstitutional. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute disagrees.”
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.
“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.
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
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.