Will we remain silent?

Over the past decade, we have witnessed unprecedented challenges both within our borders and among some of the most despotic regimes across the globe. There is a growing and malignant pressure on America to set aside her spiritual compass and core beliefs only to yield to a false narrative—a politically correct, but unprincipled version of itself and one that embraces all philosophies as equally good and morally upright.

The same individuals who cry out for tolerance, respect and freedom of speech, in turn show none; rather, they seek to subjectively impose their worldview on any who oppose them. The warnings signs are all around us. Are you aware of them? Can you see them? And if so, how will you respond?

We must not allow America to passively succumb to the very postmodern ideologies that cap coverhave been historically challenged abroad or that are in direct conflict with our founding values. This intentional and strategic effort on the part of godless and anti-faith groups has been underway for decades. However, we have now arrived at a perilous tipping point. We were silent when prayer, the Bible and the Ten Commandments were removed from our schools. We slowly acquiesced to the morally neutral pulpit in our churches. And sadly, too many of us have been mere spectators on the sidelines of life and culture, watching powerlessly as America plummets into a rapid and almost unbelievable moral decline. Some of our most sacred institutions like marriage and the family are being wrenched from their moorings and redefined before our very eyes. We have lost our bearings and EACH OF US MUST DO OUR PART TO REVERSE THIS TREND.

The evidence to make traditional values irrelevant and even unconstitutional is everywhere you look. Americans are now being fined by their government on matters of faith, legislated against in the courts, reprimanded or fired from their jobs, and sent home from school for simply adhering to their moral convictions—in some cases, for merely saying, “Bless you” after a fellow student sneezes. Even as I write this, across many other parts of the world, extreme persecution, even death, is the common response to all who hold the very same biblical convictions. Where is the outcry? Where is our national voice that defends the helpless and disenfranchised?

Governments, laws and public policies most certainly DO reflect a clear value system. The question you and I must carefully and prayerfully consider is, “Whose value system will they reflect?” A people without morals or a set of absolutes, have no reason to limit themselves or strive for unity, good behavior or the sacred principles of freedom. Simply put, America without a Judeo-Christian influence will cease to exist as we know it.

In the United States, we still have the upper hand –our rich spiritual history and a majority of praying Americans who have the skills, determination and influence to make the required shift. President Reagan’s, “A Time for Choosing” speech, is eerily apropos today. Never have his words sounded a more clarion call to all those who are listening, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”

Although significant damage has already occurred in the attempt to fundameAllinAmericantally change this nation, if we engage in unity—one purpose…one will…one voice—to realign with our faith-based principles, we can most assuredly save this “city on a hill.” In the spirit of our Founders, we must determine to be “all in” to preserve America as a nation of laws that ultimately reflect God’s standards, not man’s wavering opinions, thereby creating a nation of self-governing, moral people. Unity, peace and order within our borders make us strong so we can once again be credible and transformative advocates for righteousness throughout the world.

Good government and policy alone will not save us. Good laws will not solve our problems. However, they will help create an environment where true liberty is cultivated and where truth will win out.

History records tragic examples of cruel and godless regimes who have attempted to force the worship of God underground and into hidden places. Ask the seven million Jewish people about the Holocaust in Nazi Germany—seven million dead, dissidents who recall their experience in Soviet gulags during Stalin’s purge—30 million dead, Chinese believers who were trampled in the Cultural Revolution under the oppression of Mao Zedong—60 million dead, or even the innocent victims now in the path of ISIS—hundreds killed already. Let’s not be so naïve as to think that it could never happen in America.

The solution is simple. Turn to God for help and commit to being fully engaged in the public square, government entities, business organizations, education systems, media outlets, and the entertainment industry. If we are not the influencers, what is the alternative? Either you and I are impacting the culture around us or the culture is the driving force.

070914_CPCF_revIGWT-PIUlogo_7x7-rgb72dpi_blueWE_webF4sm_1We remain confident and resolute there is still a majority of praying, God-honoring Americans who love the Lord and our country–ordinary citizens who will choose to press in now so we can secure freedom for the generations to come. May fear, ignorance or apathy never be causes for relinquishing our God-given freedoms. Let us resolve to do all we can, while we can. Why not start today and join our “In God We Trust” MILLION WINDOWS national campaign. Take a stand—be salt and light. Together, with God, we can do this.

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National Leaders Respond To Navy’s Bible Ban

Twenty-five Members of Congress responded to the Navy’s decision to ban Bibles by Courage is contagious_flagwriting a strong bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. Read the positive response below.

This is just one of their important efforts to protect your religious freedom. Join me in taking a minute to pray for and thank the members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are working diligently to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage and your First Amendment rights.

Each of us has a part to play in re-aligning America with our founding principles. Together, we can do this.

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Navy Reconsidering Removal of Bibles from Navy Lodge Facilities

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), led 25 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, urging that donated religious materials remain in the guest rooms at Navy Lodge facilities. Last week, it came to light at the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) had issued a memo for the removal of Bibles currently in Navy Lodge guest rooms after NEXCOM received a complaint. After significant pushback, however, the Navy announced that the decision was being reconsidered.

The letter acknowledges the Navy’s announcement that the Bibles will be replaced, pending review, and requests confirmation that the Bibles have in fact been replaced.  The Members note, “The mere presence of a Bible or other religious text—texts which are typically placed out of sight in a nightstand drawer—coerces no one.  The Establishment Clause does not require that you remove the Bibles from the guest rooms.”

“I am concerned that military officials have repeatedly capitulated to demands by organizations that seek to scrub the military of all references of faith,” stated Congressman Forbes.  “I am glad that the Navy has indicated the Bibles will be returned.  The Constitution prohibits the government from coercing its citizens in their religious beliefs; it does not require that all vestiges of faith be scrubbed from view.”

Congressman Forbes is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan group of over 100 Members of Congress committed to defending America’s heritage of religious freedom. More information on his work protecting the religious liberties of our servicemembers is available, here.

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Almost unbelievable.

Did you think you would ever see this in your lifetime?

 •    The IRS monitoring the content of a pastor’s sermon
 •    Government contracts given only to organizations that agree with the administration’s view of sexuality
 •    Schools and businesses firing employees for holding Christian beliefs

Help us make sure these kinds of things are stopped.

Many Americans don’t know about the increasing attacks on religious liberty:  

    Executive Order Forces Christians To Forfeit Religious Freedom, Or No Federal Money 

    IRS to Churches: You Can’t Discuss Public Policy 

    Christian Colleges Threatened with Widespread Closure

This is not just a threat anymore, this is real. It is critical that we stop this right now before it goes any further! We must work together to reverse these attempts to eradicate your religious freedom, and ensure that the laws are strengthened to protect religious freedom. 

We can win against these aggressive attacks on faith’s enduring place in America the way we always have, with prayer and action.

•    Our legislators are passing laws to ensure religious liberty is enforced
•    Our initiatives are reversing the momentum and affirming God’s place in America
•    Our partners are taking a stand at state houses to reverse the attacks on faith

Your gift will help us ensure your religious liberty now and protect it for your children.

We can’t rely on defense only. We can’t simply hope that we will win in court. With judges abandoning their oath to uphold the constitution, we must be pro-active and go on the offense.

We have built a growing network of over 400 government leaders in 15 states, and are equipping them to be front line defenders of religious freedom. They are standing against the aggressive anti-God agenda that is sweeping this country into moral decline.

We have launched the ‘In God We Trust. Put It Up!’ initiative that is providing people with a way to put God back up in our schools. In opposition to the symbols of faith being challenged in every direction, we are successfully placing our national motto in congressional offices, in government buildings and schools. Our legislators are passing legislation to put “In God We Trust” in classrooms, citizens are organizing nationwide art contests around the theme of “In God We Trust”. Over 20,000 “In God We Trust” window decals have been sold in just the first weeks of our MILLION WINDOW campaign.

Our Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation staff is providing updates and action steps for over 70,000 prayer partners.

Your membership of $10, $29 or $100 dollars per month can help turn this country around.

Some believe things are too far gone, but we don’t believe that. We have seen the momentum shift when citizens get involved in prayer, action and giving.

I believe in the power of prayer. So will you join me in praying that we will be victorious in the battle to preserve America’s Religious Heritage?

Will you join us by becoming a partner in the battle?

Let’s keep working together to put our faith in action and proclaim it is “In God We Trust!” 

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I hope this encourages you…

Yesterday the nation heard a resounding proclamation, “In God We Trust!” because many of you joined the “In God We Trust” Social Media Shout Out!

#InGodWeTrust was promoted by groups and organizations with a combined fan base of 1.5 million. Over 2,000 people shared our Facebook posts alone.

Several Members of Congress participated. Speaker Boehner sent this out:

“On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law that made ‘In God We Trust’ the official motto of the United States of America. It also mandated that the phrase be printed on all U.S. currency, including paper. And in November 2011, the House passed H. Con. Res 13, a bipartisan bill that reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as our nation’s official motto.

This spring, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) presented Speaker Boehner with a plaque (pictured above) to hang in his office in the Capitol. It’s a proud reminder of this important phrase that originated more than 150 years ago. Originally approved by Congress in 1864, the phrase comes from the Proverbs 3:5, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart.’

On this important anniversary, the Speaker said:

‘I’m proud to commemorate and reaffirm the appropriateness of our national motto and I’m proud to have this plaque hanging in my office. ‘In God We Trust’ speaks to all of our citizens, and it’s not just a source of pride for us, it is a beacon of hope for the world.'” Read more

Thank you for helping us proclaim that America is one nation under God!

In case you missed it, this week I shared about the movement on CBN News. Please watch below.

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VA Hospital Required To Cover Christian Symbols

Although we’ve had some tremendous victories for religious freedom recently, we must stay the course.

Below is an important note from Congressman J. Randy Forbes, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, representing over 100 members of congress who are the front-line defenders of religious freedom. In 2008, the VA hospital enacted a policy mandating that all houses of worship reflect no faith tradition. In response, several members wrote a strong letter to the VA urging the VA not to scrub its chapels of religious symbols.
 

This is another example of the concerted effort to erase America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and attack religious liberty. This trend toward secularism must be reversed. Pray for the members of congress who signed this letter and are making sure God’s rightful place is secure in America. 

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Last month, a Veterans Affairs hospital in Michigan was ordered to conceal all Christian symbols inside of its chapel due to a VA policy handbook published in 2008, which states, “When VA Chaplains are not providing or facilitating a religious service for a particular faith group, the chapel must be maintained as religiously neutral, reflecting no particular faith tradition.” 

 In response, I joined 22 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the VA inquiring about the policy implementation in 2008 and urging the VA not to scrub its chapels of all religious symbols.   We are a nation founded on the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.  

Over time, this important concept has been distorted, and its misapplication has led the public to believe that the Constitution’s intent was to confine religion to the four walls of the church.  But the Constitution does not require the elimination of religious symbols from the public square – rather, it protects the free exercise of religion for every American. 

Yours in service,

Randy 

PS – The 101 members of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, that I founded, are in the thick of the fight for religious liberty every day. Learn more about our most recent efforts, here

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Supreme Court Decision Landmark Victory For Religious Freedom

Today was a great victory for owners of family-owned businesses. Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Green and Hahn families; business owners that risked it all for freedom of conscience and religious liberty.
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Religious freedom does not end when Americans go into business to provide for themselves, their families and employees. No American should have to choose between their faith and their livelihood.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes, founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, released the statement below. Thank you for praying and for standing for religious freedom, the cornerstone of a free society.

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Forbes: Supreme Court Decision Landmark Victory for Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. – Today, in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the freedom of family business owners to live and work according to their convictions. In response to the Court’s decision, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), issued the following statement:

“ReligBeckett_ReligiousFreedomForAllious freedom is the cornerstone of a free society, and every American—regardless of whether we are religious—should be concerned when the government attempts to restrain free exercise. We live in a country whose laws respect freedom and diversity, and today the Supreme Court affirmed the Constitution’s strong protections for all Americans to live and work by their convictions. Freedom of conscience can include nothing less than the way a person lives all aspects of his or her life. As a nation, our laws must encourage and support, not penalize, citizens who seek to adhere to their moral convictions.”

In an opinion authored by Justice Alito, the Court held that the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill passed by Congress in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support. In today’s opinion, the Court stated, “The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate . . . against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs.”

Congressman Forbes and Senator Blunt led 88 Members of Congress in an amicus curiae brief, supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. Congressman Forbes and Senator Boozman also coauthored an op ed on the mandate in March.

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Have You Heard?

A number of city councils and county commissioners nationwide are adding prayer toPastor refuses to exclude Jesus from prayer their public meetings following this month’s Supreme Court ruling inTown of Greece v. GallowayThe historic practice of prayer at government meetings is constitutional!

Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, expresses praise for his peers who are committed to prayer:

“I wanted to share with you a recent article published on Christian News Network, reporting that city councils and county commissioners across the country are re-introducing or considering adding prayer into their meeting agendas, in response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway, upholding the historic practice of opening legislative bodies with prayer. 

As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, I am encouraged to hear that towns and cities across the country are exercising their constitutional rights and bringing prayer back into the halls of local government. Prayer plays an important role in American life, and is woven throughout the very fabric of our nation’s history. I remain dedicated to guarding the right of individuals in America to exercise their constitutionally protected faith freedoms. 

Yours in service, 

Randy 

PS – The 100 members of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus are in the thick of the fight for religious liberty every day. Learn more about our most recent efforts, here.”

CourageShare with your friends that public prayer is a historic practice that is protected for everyone, including government leaders. Alliance Defending Freedom provides the necessary evidence here.  Have you considered starting your meetings with prayer?

Thank you for helping us get this news out. Like you, we want to remain a nation that trusts in God!

 

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