Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 12/5-12/5
“Schools throughout the nation are discouraging students from displaying nativity scenes, crosses and pictures of Jesus –which might be offensive to some.” Read more here.
“…a new ethics rule recently adopted by the American Bar Association that addresses what some refer to as political correctness. The ABA’s change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers will next be considered by each of the 50 states. Each state will decide on its own whether to adopt this most recent change to the model rules, in whole or in part.”
“The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will soon hear a number of cases testing religious freedom and rules enforced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Several non-profit Protestant and Catholic healthcare facilities are being sued in order to try and block them from participating in church pension plans.”
Good News: Senate Passes ‘Anti-Semitism Act’
“U.S. Senate for unanimously passing the bipartisan “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” on December 1, 2016 – introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on November 29th – which will improve the enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation at federally-funded schools.”
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 religious liberty attorney is defending a public school board that voted to limit prayers and Bible citations at meetings. Chino Valley school board members approved a resolution that states religion will only be discussed if the topic pertains to agenda items. Robert Tyler, general counsel of Advocates for Faith and Freedom, says it was a calculated move to defend the board against the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit that contends pre-meeting prayers are unconstitutional…The U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 upheld the constitutionality of legislative prayers at city council meetings…”
“On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 the American Family Association received a letter from the State of Connecticut Comptroller’s Office. The letter alleged, ‘AFA may be in violation of the regulations governing the Connecticut State Employee Campaign for Charitable Giving that broadly prohibit discrimination.'”
On Wednesday, December 7, First Liberty attorneys will give oral arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in an effort to stop the removal of the historic Bladensburg, Maryland World War I Veterans Memorial, which has stood since 1925.
“As owners of Telescope Media Group (“TMG”), a video and film production company that exists to tell great stories that honor God, the Larsens know the power of film — of great story-telling — to change hearts and minds. They want to use their wedding cinematography to reanimate the hearts and minds of people about the goodness of marriage between a man and a woman.
But the Larsens’ desire to enter the wedding cinematography field has hit a huge obstacle — a speech coercing state law. According to Minnesota officials, the State’s Human Rights Act mandates that if the Larsens make films celebrating marriage between one man and one woman, then they must make films celebrating same-sex marriages as well. State officials have repeatedly threatened to prosecute expressive business owners who decline to create speech promoting same-sex marriages. And there are steep penalties for violating the law, including payment of a civil penalty to the state, triple compensatory damages, punitive damages up to $25,000, and even up to 90 days in jail.”
“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.”
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.
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
“Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt are enduring intense persecution by Muslim radicals that is resulting in attacks on Christians and destruction of their property.”
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.