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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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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May This Encourage 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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