A wake-up call

With each passing week, the United States is edging precariously closer to the unthinkable, a tangible and serious loss of our historic religious liberties. Too many citizens remain uniformed, unaware and in some cases, simply unconcerned. When it comes to the growing clash of worldviews in this country or the need for proactive civic engagement, the following examples are grave reminders of an emerging postmodern culture in America.

Just this month, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, demanded that Donald and Evelyn Christian chapelsKnapp—who are ordained ministers and the owners of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel—officiate a requested same-sex wedding or face 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 for each day they decline to offer these services. Does this kind of government intrusion and coercion alarm you? It should and it’s time to wake up!

Not only is the action taken by the City Council a violation of a long held first amendment right, it directly impinges on a person’s actual rights of conscience. The same sex couple was not prohibited from being married; other avenues for the ceremony were readily available to them. Consider this reality: the government, at least in Idaho, is denying average citizens the freedom to make decisions based on their deeply held religious and/or moral values. You may recall similar cases involving a wedding photographer in New Mexico and a bakery in Colorado earlier this year. Are these instances really that much different than what is currently taking place at the hands of ISIS or other extremist and oppressive governments who are persecuting and arresting Christians simply because they believe and practice their faith differently within the public square?

Another equally disturbing story continues to unfold in Houston, Texas, where an anti-discrimination ordinance was passed in May. Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of several area pastors in order to review them for potential discriminatory language. After the Texas Attorney General intervened, a second thinly disguised attempt was made in which city officials then wanted all their “speeches.” This latest development prompted a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to pen a letter to the Mayor, reprimanding the spurious information request.

ReligiousFreedomAny government official who seeks to intimidate and censor free speech or arrest and fine individuals for adhering to their moral convictions, is patently disregarding Constitutional boundaries. Let’s be clear about something, this blog is not about homosexual or LGBT issues, gender identity, same-sex marriages or gay discrimination. It is however, about protecting every citizen’s First Amendment rights and the rights of one’s moral conscience.

One week after Congress approved the First Amendment to the Constitution, President George Washington called for a National Day of Thanksgiving, “to be devoted by the people of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks…for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government…particularly the national one now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed …to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”1 [emphasis mine]

Elected officials are expected to respond appropriately to the voters who put them in office. We encourage all Americans not to abandon the biblical order that embraces our Founding Father’s vision for this democratic Republic, but rather, to strongly advocate for the core principles that support and defend liberty, not only at every level of government, but through the policies and laws impacting day-to-day life.

Protecting religious liberty does not infringe on anyone’s rights. No one should be forcedCPCF-IGWTred.blue.blonde-STAR_4x4-300_ft1 (1)
to choose between strongly held religious beliefs and his or her livelihood, especially not in a nation with such a rich spiritual heritage. We are at the threshold of another national election. Those who serve in government are the ones who initiate and pass legislation, nominate and appoint judges and influence the national dialogue on matters of faith, conscience and culture. Consider very carefully where those seeking office stand when it comes to your religious liberties.

It’s time to wake up America! Keep praying. Keep working. Keep fighting for what you believe in. So, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Gal.6:9).”

1Huffnagle, S. (Ed.) (2012). God in America. Montgomery, AL: E-Book Time, LLC.

 

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Join the rally for Houston pastors

Will you join my friends, Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins, on a very important conference call about the national webcast rally around the pastors in Houston.The battle to protect your religious freedom is at a critical moment. The city of Houston is demanding that pastors turn over their sermons and other communications to scrutinize them for anything they deem objectionable. If we do not stop this here, no pastor or church in America will be safe to preach their faith.  Now is the time to take a stand!  

The conference call details are here and below. Will you stand? 

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Where will it end?

In an outrageous overreach, and with blatant disregard for the first and most important freedom identified in the First Amendment, the city of Houston had issued subpoenas demanding that pastors turn over their sermons so they can be scrutinized for “objectionable” material. In one case, a mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of his congregation.” After prayer and push back from leaders and citizens, the Houston mayor has backed off from issuing subpoenas.

This is just the latest in the ever-increasing attacks on religious freedom in America. We will not be deterred. Now is the time to take action.

Beckett_ReligiousFreedomForAllCongressman J. Randy Forbes, speaking on the U.S. House Floor explains why, “Religious 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…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.

Speaking about the increasing attacks on business owners, therapists, pastors, chaplains, and citizens in all walks of life, Congressman Forbes promises to continue to lead the charge to protect religious freedom. He and the members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus will continue to fight for those who are now being “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”

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Watch Congressman J. Randy Forbes, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, address this important topic from the House floor. Watch the gallery of videos on this topic.

These egregious attacks on faith are just the beginning:  

Oregon

“A bakery owner in Oregon broke down in tears while discussing the fallout of her and her husband’s decision not to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the basis of their Christian beliefs.They now face a fine in excess of $150,000.” Watch video.

Lexington, KY

“A t-shirt printer in Kentucky could be punished by a so-called human rights commission after refusing to print t-shirts for a homosexual group”. Read more.

New York 

“Liberty Ridge Farms, located in New York, was recently fined $10,000 and ordered to pay two lesbians $1,500 each. That’s because the Gifford family, which owns the farm, refused to rent its facilities for a lesbian wedding because of their religious beliefs”. Read more.

Help us fight the dismantling of our Constitution, and the redefinition of our First Freedoms. In the words of Congressman Forbes, “As a nation, our laws must encourage and support, not penalize, citizens who seek to adhere to their moral convictions.”

 

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In God We Trust – You’re one in a million!

Tens of thousands of In God We Trust window clings have been purchased by Americans all across this nation that are fighting back against the concerted, and persistent effort to remove God from America.

It’s so important that right now, in America, we join together to fight for God. If you haven’t purchased your “In God We Trust” window cling simply go to www.InGodWeTrust.com and get yours. 

Once you do, we would love for you to do something fun! Take a Selfie of you putting the cling up in your home, church, office, GRAPH_IGWT_RE. SelfieHeaderor on your car, laptop, or windows; then, text the photo to 858-472-4285, or email it toInGodWeTrust@CPCFoundation.com.

Look for yourself on our In God We Trust Facebook page and on our CPCF Twitter page! Please feel free to post it on your social media pages as well. You have until Thanksgiving Day to send yours in. The quicker, the more, the better!!

Also, we want to extend a special “Thank you” to our Coalition of Faith Fighters who have helped make a tremendous impact in the effort to keep God in America:

Mike Huckabee, Allen West Foundation, Family Research Council, American Family Association, Faith And Freedom Coalition, Liberty Counsel and many more.

We believe you’re one in a million!

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Sustained Freedom

On Constitution Day, Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the CPCF, joined former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Dr. Ben Carson, Mark Levin, Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College and many other key leaders who contributed to The Washington Times Special Section. The thoughtful insights and strategic solutions for sustaining freedom in the attached Special Section come at a crucial time in America’s history.

In her article, In God We Trust – The Heartbeat of America, she describes “how many continue to deny religious persecution could ever happen in the United States. Just a few short decades ago most citizens also never envisioned an America where the Ten Commandments would be reviled in our court houses, where businesses had to accept mandatory healthcare provisions that violate the conscious or the sanctity of life, where activist outcries are made over a humble nativity in a public park at Christmastime, valedictorians having their speeches scrubbed of all religious terminology and the list goes on.” The full Special Section is attached here.

Just last week in Oklahoma, a new level of brutality leaves us speechless. The tragic beheading is just another example of why we must protect the moral law on which this nation was founded. While we must avidly protect religious freedom, those freedoms must remain subject to the Judeo-Christian values represented in our laws and policies.

When our Founders penned the Declaration of Independence and designed the Constitution, there was no impassioned argument calling for the removal of God from the affairs of men, no disdain in setting aside the work of government to beseech God’s wisdom and direction on bended knees, no angst over publicly recognizing the Bible’s influence in life and culture. Lets rise up together again in prayer just as these godly patriots rose up together at the birth of America.

 

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Interview with Lt. Col. Allen West

A heartfelt “Thank you” to those that took the time to celebrate our First Amendment Freedom and honor God on Constitution Day! Lt. Col. Allen West, Mike Huckabee, American Family Association, David Barton – Wallbuilders, Andrew Wommack Ministries and several others joined us in celebrating America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the Biblical principles woven throughout our Constitution.

Lt. Col. Allen West gave a poignant interview on “The Morning Show with Preston Scott ” about the war on Christianity and America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

An excerpt from the interview: “Prayer is an important fabric of this nation…It’s not so
much about religion as it is about the Judeo-Christian heritage that helped to establish this IGWT_Constitution Daygreat nation….Yesterday was the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The first right is freedom of religion and free exercise thereof. Groups like FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) are actively seeking to separate our Judeo-Christian faith heritage from the United States; the antithesis of what was established in this Country. We just don’t want a Head of State that is also head of church. When you visit the House of Representatives,and you stand in the Speakers rostrum, or when the President is there delivering a State of the Union address, there is only one face from all the lawgivers along the top of the House that stares back – and that is Moses.”
Listen to the full interview here.

Lt. Col. West encouraged everyone to be a part of a proactive effort to protect God’s enduring place in our nation, and to get involved in the In God We Trust. Put It Up! campaign. Simply go to www.InGodWeTrust.com to join the Movement.

Lt. Col. West went on to say, “I hope and pray there is a cultural awakening, a spiritual awakening in this Country. We have forced prayer out of schools… I am concerned that America gets back to understanding the fundamental, foundational faith heritage that makes us an exceptional Country.”  

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New strategy to remove God from Pledge of Allegiance

An atheist group has launched a national campaign to encourage people to sit out of the Pledge of Allegiance until the phrase “under God” is removed from it.

The Pledge of Allegiance, our National motto, the National anthem and our currency all acknowledge God. America’s rich history of faith is inscribed on the walls of our U.S. Capitol and numerous national monuments. There is ample evidence of the integral role prayer, faith in God and Judeo-Christian principles are to our Constitutional Republic in Washington D.C. and state capitals across America.

Although we have the upper hand, if we remain silent these groups will gain ground by setting precedents through frivolous court cases, changing laws and convincing the next generation otherwise. President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Join me in defending God’s rightful place in the past, present and future of America by joining our national movement, inspired by Members of Congress, to keep God in America.

This is your opportunity to impact your sphere of influence with the truth of our heritage and the principles that birthed this great nation. Join thousands of other Americans who are affirming their trust in God – and the freedom to proclaim it – by displaying a removable 4”x5” window cling decal in your home, office or vehicle. Don’t stop there, consider all the ways you can join the effort to pass the torch of freedom to the next generation.

“In God We Trust” is more than just our national motto – it’s our country’s foundation and part of our identity as Americans. In keeping with President Reagan’s exhortation, let’s fight, protect and hand down The Pledge of Allegiance in tact to the next generation.

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