Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 11/14-11/21
“One of the latest comes from clothing designer Sophie Theallet, who recently wrote that she ‘will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady.’ In explaining her decision, she invoked her deeply-held belief in ‘individual freedom…’ She should have every right to do this, and most would readily agree. But oh how the sentiments of some change when the artist is a not a clothing designer who objects to the incoming president and his family, but a floral artist who does not want to design arrangements to celebrate a same-sex wedding.” Read more here.
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 prominent atheist group is pressuring an Alabama school district to investigate a third-grade teacher for allegedly promoting ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day.'”
“It’s been an ongoing two-year battle but a California public school board has caved to an atheist group over the use of religion at public meetings. Chino Valley Unified School District has dropped its legal battle with Freedom From Religion Foundation, voting to limit prayers and Bible citations, and allowing religious references if faith pertains to an item on the board’s agenda.”
“Oconee County Schools was considering a partnership with a Christian group to allow high school students to enroll in a for-credit Bible class held off campus during school hours. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, hailed as the nation’s largest atheist legal advocacy organization, sent a letter of complaint back in September to the school district and last week announced confirmation that the off-campus Bible class has been scrapped…Pastor Bill Ricketts of Prince Avenue Baptist Church said in a letter quoted by local newspaper the Oconee Enterprise that the proposed course represented two important features of the national fabric, religion and education.”
“A Christian school is doing good work preparing children to be productive citizens in its town. The school’s former facility is no longer viable so it finds a new home in a church. This is vital, because the school may not have any other option for its needs in that town. Then the local zoning board recommends approving the zoning permit necessary for the move. The local community supports it. Town experts support it. But the town council denies the application, effectively threatening the school’s right to exist as a ministry in the town—and putting children’s religious education at risk.”
“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 following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit’s decision Wednesday in Felix v. City of Bloomfield that upholds a lower court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn of City Hall:
‘As the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear, a constitutional violation doesn’t occur simply because a person encounters speech he finds disagreeable and ‘experiences a sense of affront.’ In this case, a Ten Commandments monument nestled among many other monuments honoring significant documents in American history shouldn’t be attacked simply because two people feel offended by it. For these reasons and others, we are consulting with our client to consider their options for appeal.'”
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.
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“Christian relief organizations are celebrating the release of three Christian Azerbaijani men from prison in Iran. The men were released on bail and returned to Azerbaijan where they were reunited with their families. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, explains why the men were arrested in Tehran.”
Prayer for The CPCF, Our Team, and Initiatives
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.