Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 9/2-9/9.
“A recently retired Navy chaplain insists that he has no regrets for taking a stand in defense of his religious expression – one that threatened his career in the United States Navy. On September 6, Chaplain Wes Modder received his honorable discharge and a medal of accommodation from the Navy.” 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 California elementary school has backed down from its original demand that included sending a sheriff to a little boy’s home to tell him he couldn’t share Bible verses with his classmates.”
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) is relentless in removing God and religion in America, and this time, the group has set its eyes on the Tipton R-VI School District. The Wisconsin-based atheist group sent a letter to the school board and complained about the annual awards programme and candlelight ceremony, according to Fox News.”
“North Carolina, has sustained unrelenting and coordinated attacks from big business, the entertainment industry, the ACLU, and now the federal government over its common sense bathroom policies. Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature have had enough of this bullying and filed separate lawsuits against the Department of Justice Monday in the reasonable expectation that a federal judge will order the ideologues at the Department of Justice to back off.”
“First Liberty Institute and Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, filed a reply brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals on behalf of Aaron and Melissa Klein. The Oregon couple was fined $135,000 and lost their bakery for running their business according to their religious beliefs. Read the reply brief.
“A high school football coach who lost his job after defying orders to stop praying at the 50-yard line today sued a school district in Washington state, alleging it violated his constitutional rights to religion and free speech.”
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.
“Egyptian Christians are criticizing a new church construction law in their predominantly Islamic nation – legislation that was recently approved by parliament.
The Egyptian Parliament approved a long-awaited church construction law that was meant to ease restrictions that Christians face when attempting to get a church built. But instead of making it easier, a number of amendments were added to the original bill – ensuring procedural hurdles that Christians must overcome in order to build places of worship.”
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.