Weekly Prayer Update
Regarding Religious Freedom, Justice Alito Encourages Students To ‘Keep The Flame Burning’
May 30, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 5/24-5/30

In his address to graduating seminarians on Wednesday, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. emphasized the importance of religious freedom and the dangers it faces today.Religious freedom means that “no one is forced to act in violation of his own beliefs,” Alito said, according to Catholic Philly. “Most of my life Americans were instilled in this,” he added, and urged the audience “keep the flame burning.”  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.  

State Prayer Points

Religious Liberty Legislation

Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty. e conversations with coworkers.”

CA: Jewish Synagogue Wins Encouraging Victory

“A Jewish synagogue in California has won an encouraging victory at a federal district court after an eight-month legal battle. On May 12, a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit against Chabad of Irvine, a synagogue in Orange County. The lawsuit threatened to block the congregation from participating in the Jewish religious atonement rite that takes place before the holiday Yom Kippur.”

FL: FFRF Urges Commissioners To End Prayer

From FFRF website: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Florida county commissioners’ board cease starting its meetings with a prayer.”

IL: Boy’s Graduation Speech Pulled Over Christian Content

“…you can understand the concern among townsfolk when the salutatorian at Akin Grade School was told he could not deliver his graduation speech because it was too religious. Seth Clark, 13, was mighty proud of that speech. He referenced God and quoted from the Bible and even mentioned his Christian faith. But just hours before graduation, Seth was told that he would not be permitted to deliver his remarks.”

MI: School Bans Off-Site Religious Class Attendance

“…an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney sent a letter to a school district in Michigan after the district banned students from attending off-campus religious instruction for 90 minutes per month. The letter, which you can read here, explains that both the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have approved the release of public school students for off-campus religious classes.”

MO: FFRF Protests Cross In Park
From FFRF website: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that a Missouri town remove a massive cross on public property.” 

MO: FFRF Outraged By Faith-Based Remarks And Prayer

From FFRF website: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking issue with a Missouri school district superintendent’s open evangelizing at school events. Willard Public Schools Superintendent Kent Medlin gave religious remarks and a prayer at the recent Willard High School graduation ceremony. He reportedly quoted the bible repeatedly in his commencement address, proselytized by discussing his savior and asked students and their families to join him in a prayer.”

MS:  Legal Challenges To Religious Freedom Law Continues

“A federal appeals court is going to decide whether the government can step on the religious rights of Mississippi residents on behalf of a small group of vocal Americans…Governor Bryant recently appeared as a guest on American Family Radio. He argued that there are many examples in which the government accommodated religious beliefs. In one example, he pointed out that world champion boxer Muhammad Ali refused in April 1967 to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, citing the tenets of his Muslim faith.*”

TX: VICTORY: The Rights of Another Employee Fired Over Faith are Vindicated in Settlement

“First Liberty Institute announced that Alexia Palma, a Texas woman fired over her religious convictions, reached a settlement with her former employer.”

WV: School Caves To FFRF

From FFRF website: ‘A school district in West Virginia has decided to suspend its “Bible in the Schools” classes next school year in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against its egregiously unconstitutional “Bible in the Schools” program. FFRF, along with two parents of young children, brought the case earlier this year. The lawsuit has received national attention, including a segment on CBS This Morning, due to the outrageous nature of the violation.”

National Prayer Opportunities

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. 

Pray For Our President And All Those In Authority 

“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.

David’s Tent 

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

Prayer for Religious Freedom Internationally

Indonesia: Vigils Held For Imprisoned Politician

“The imprisonment of a Christian politician for blaspheming Islam has triggered an outpouring of anger and support around Indonesia.”

Prayer for The CPCF, Our Team, and Our Initiatives

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

American Prayer Caucus Network

In God We Trust. Put It Up!

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling The Nation To Prayer

Prayer for Other on the Religious Liberty Front

There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Law, Liberty Counsel, First LibertyFamily Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.

Prayer for Those That Oppose Us

Freedom From Religion Foundation
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation