Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 8/21-8/28
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“India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, has told a delegation from his Salesian religious order that a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen last year is alive and could be released soon, according to a report from an Indian news agency. Minister Sushma Swaraj also reportedly told the group that securing his freedom is among the highest priorities of the Indian government.”
“A newly-released State Department report describes a gruesome picture of human rights abuses in North Korea, including citizens being “arrested, beaten, tortured or killed because of their religious beliefs.”
Religious Liberty Legislation
Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty. Also, pray that bills and resolutions that undermine our First Amendment Rights will be unsuccessful.
“The official motto of the U.S. written across our money and monuments could soon appear on the walls of Arkansas public schools. A new law states elementary and secondary schools shall display a framed picture or poster of “In God We Trust” above an American flag in their libraries and classrooms.”
“The nation’s largest atheist organization is demanding that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stop tweeting Bible verses from his Twitter account…”
“After first being told by a court they could pray based on their faith – and then being told they couldn’t – commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina, are considering whether to take their case to the Supreme Court…Rowan County commissioners have 90 days in which to decide whether to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Lund v. Rowan County.” Contact the Commissioners to let them know you stand with their right to pray in a public setting, and encourage them to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court.”
NY: 2nd Circuit Upholds Catholic School Firing
“A federal appeals court doesn’t think highly of an attempt to use it to punish a religious school in New York. Joanne Fratello had filed suit against St. Anthony’s School and the Archdiocese of New York after the school didn’t renew her contract as principal. The school wanted the lifestyle of those in leadership roles to reflect church doctrine, and they believed that Fratello’s failed to do so. The lower court ruled in favor of the school. Fratello then appealed to the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously rejected her claims.”
“The Supreme Court could be the next stop for a high school football coach after a federal appeals court said a Washington state school district acted properly in firing him for praying in public after games. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Joe Kennedy “took advantage” of his authority as a teacher and assistant coach at Bremerton High School by praying after games, when he sometimes was joined by players and parents from opposing teams as well as his own.”
“The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling it says requires a Washington state florist to violate her faith convictions or forfeit her business.”
“We noted earlier this month that a court announced it would issue orders declaring that Amy Lawson and her business would not be subject to laws that were threatening her business. The orders are good news for Amy and many other creative professionals without storefronts in Madison or other parts of the state.”
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