Weekly Prayer Update
Longstanding Practice of Legislative Prayer Upheld in Pennsylvania
September 3, 2019

“The First Amendment right of free speech and right to practice any faith, or no faith, are foundational American values that must extend to everyone…” – Member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus

National Prayer Points

Trump Administration Protects Conscience: Office of Civil Rights Issues Notice of Violation To The University Of Vermont Medical Center After It Unlawfully Forced A Nurse To Violate Her Conscience

International Prayer Points

Prayers for Ambassador Brownback, Secretary Mike Pompeo And Their Families And Staff

China: Xi Jinping Ramps Up Religious Persecution

Hong Kong: Prayer For Religious Freedom

In First, UN Panel Calls On Palestinians To Halt Hate Speech Against Israelis

State Praise and Prayer Points

Religious Liberty Legislation: Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and First Amendment Rights. Also, pray that bills and resolutions that undermine our Rights will be unsuccessful.

The CPCF legal team has researched best practices legislation and provided talking points on various religious freedom topics to assist legislators. Download the NEW Report. View a model school invocation policy

FL: Supreme Court Calls For Another Look

PA: Longstanding Practice Of Legislative Prayer Upheld

CPCF Legal Team: The Third Circuit in Field v. Speaker (Aug. 23, 2019), adopting arguments presented by CPCF’s legal team in an amicus brief, found that the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives could appropriately limit those opening a session in prayer to those who believed in a divinity, turning back challenges by atheists and humanists who had been refused.  The 2-1 majority relied in large part on history presented in CPCF’s amicus brief that demonstrated that, at the time the Constitution was enacted, “religion” was not understood to include atheism and “prayer” presupposed a petition to a divine power.  The majority of the court found the Pennsylvania Speaker’s practice consistent with historical practice and such public prayer sponsored by the government not forbidden by the Establishment Clause.

WA: Game Not Over For Praying Coach

CPCF Legal Team: Thank you for praying with us that the Supreme Court would grant the cert petition of Coach Kennedy, who was fired for bending the knee and praying by himself on the field after a football game.  The Supreme Court on January 22 denied the petition, but Justice Alito, for himself and Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh, wrote a statement that the reason they voted to deny review was that it was not clear that that was the only reason the coach had been fired.  Justice Alito then went out of his way, however, to say that, if it were, the case would likely be suitable for review and criticized several comments of the Ninth Circuit decision that could be viewed as antagonistic to religion and prayer.

Prayer for the American Prayer Caucus Network and CPCFoundation

The CPCF helps build and support a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 federal and state elected leaders who are standing for faith and impacting the culture. Please join us in praying daily for them, their families, and staff.

Each week Congress is in session, members of Congressional Prayer Caucus meet before votes to pray in Room 219 of the U.S. Capitol. Please pray for the CPC to continue to grow and be increasingly effective for generations to come. 

Pray For Our President And All Those In Authority  Include: Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Military, Faith Leaders, First Responders, Etc.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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Prayer for Anti-Faith Groups

Freedom From Religion Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
American Humanists Association
American Atheists
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Southern Poverty Law Center