Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 5/8-5/15
“Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced a bipartisan resolution affirming the commitment of the United States to promoting religious freedom and condemning persecution based on faith. This resolution also encourages the president to nominate an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom within the State Department.” Read more here.
“As the rising wave of anti-Semitism continues to circle the globe, incidents of hate against Jewish people in the United States reflects the upward trend, with an 86-percent jump in such acts recorded over the first quarter of this year – compared with the same period last year.”
“America needs judges throughout the country that will uphold the Constitution and defend our freedoms, especially religious freedom… Currently, there are 129 judicial vacancies in our federal courts…”
A huge “Thank You” to those that joined us in praying and fasting for the numerous court cases impacting religious freedom, as well as for pro-religious freedom legislation to pass at the federal, state, and local levels, and any legislation that undermines our First Amendment rights to be unsuccessful.
The last day of the fast a Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld that Blaine Adamson, the managing owner of a promotional printing company in Kentucky, is free to decline to print messages that conflict with his religious beliefs. A victory for freedom of conscience that benefits all! Read more.
Also, we are seeing the successful passage of religious freedom protections in numerous states, with several still in process. Please keep praying.
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.
“Just weeks after the ‘March for Science’ took the streets of Washington, D.C. to advocate for ‘including voices and contributions from people of all identities and backgrounds’ in the scientific community, one scientist is being barred from conducting research because of his Christian identity.”
“Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against an Indiana school district on behalf of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for the ministry’s Good News Club. The case, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana v. Indiana Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, seeks equal access and benefits for the Good News Club to public school facilities as non-religious groups.”
“Effective this week, Walt Tutka was reinstated as a substitute teacher in New Jersey’s Phillipsburg School District. This comes from a settlement with the district after a long legal battle involving Tutka giving a Bible to a student who requested one. Tutka was fired by the school district in 2013 over the incident.”
WA: Firefighter Fighting For First Amendment Rights
“A Christian firefighter will go before the Washington Supreme Court later this year, fighting for his religious rights.”
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.
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“Now that the first World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians has concluded, attendees are hopeful that the Church in America will be awakened to the plight of suffering believers around the world.”
There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Law, Liberty Counsel, First Liberty, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.