What Religious Freedom and Sustainability Have in Common

Many Americans are doing their best to navigate through the cultural challenges of our Rightway Wrong Wayday. Business owners, men and women in uniform, government leaders, judges and hard-working citizens recognize the clash of worldviews; some finding themselves having to choose between their deeply held convictions and their livelihood, and others seriously considering the value of protecting religious liberty.

The co-chairs of the Congressional Prayers Caucus, Congressman Randy Forbes and Senator James Lankford, recently wrote an op-ed on “What Sustainability and Religious Freedom Have in Common,” to provide additional food for thought.
______________________________________________________________

What Sustainability and Religious Freedom Have in Common

Washington Examiner:

Avid Chipotle customers seeking carnitas burritos for dinner may be disappointed over the coming weeks. The restaurant giant is reportedly no longer serving pork at about a third of its locations after it dropped a pork supplier that failed to live up to the corporation’s standards of humane animal care.

Despite the possibility that Chipotle’s decision to pull pork from almost a third of its restaurants will come at a cost, the corporation’s commitment to serving “food with integrity” has outweighed its quest for financial gain. “We would rather not serve pork at all, than serve pork from animals that are raised in this way,” Chris Arnold, the company’s communications director, told the Washington Post.

Manhattan Declaration-Decl of IndChipotle’s founder and CEO, Steve Ells, has made a decision to commit to self-imposed standards, which he personally finds important, enabling him to live out his commitment to environmental care and sustainability through how he runs his business. His example has also drawn others — employees, investors and customers alike — by giving them a place to work and patronize that shares their beliefs and values. As the Washington Post observed, “The unparalleled success of the chain is glaring proof that people are willing to pay a bit more for that promise.”

Or, as one online reviewer put it, Chipotle is “a fast-food chain with a conscience.”

It is a wonderful thing that individuals are not only able to start and build a business in their chosen trade, but they are also free to structure that business in a way that reflects their personal beliefs and values. In turn, a wide market of choice is provided for employees and consumers, offering an opportunity to partner with a larger association with a shared commitment to a common cause. In America, we have the ability to act out our individuality and diversity in every aspect of our lives, and not just in our private or personal decisions.
Protecting corporate conscience acknowledges that behind a company name, individuals with their own identities, perspectives, freedoms and convictions are making decisions that affect real people — owners, employees, customers and the community.

There is a distinct social good to preserving the freedom of individuals to form and operate a business based on deeply held principles rooted in conscience. Many great leaders throughout our nation’s history have understood the importance of this freedom — how it elevates and benefits our society as a whole when individuals openly and fully live their lives according to the moral values that motivate them, even when reasonable people disagree with those values.
Statue of liberty
It is time that we take a step back from unnecessarily politicized debates about corporations and acknowledge the simple fact that many Americans are motivated to be a force for good in their communities because of, not in spite of, their faith. Faith animates compassion, and compassion leads to greater integrity and ownership of caring for those in need around us. Furthermore, organized compassionate responses need not come solely in the form of a church or charity to be appropriate, authentic or effective.

There is also a pragmatic reason to defend corporate conscience. A recent study revealed that, though religious populations are growing worldwide, more than 75 percent of the world lives under significant religious restrictions. These religious prejudices are, in turn, having a negative impact on businesses around the globe. This has led noted social scientist Dr. Brian Grim to conclude that “[w]here there is freedom in the market place — including freedom to live out the Golden Rule and bring belief systems to the proverbial table — this…fosters more trust within a company and enlarges public trust toward a company…”

It is crucial that the same freedom of conscience enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remain equally available to business owners of faith. Indeed, much more so, as freedom of religion is explicitly protected by the First Amendment. We cannot simultaneously laud the leaders of a business motivated by a commitment to environmental sustainability and discriminate against the leaders of a business motivated by religious belief.

If a decision based on moral convictions is celebrated, shouldn’t a decision based on the free exercise of religion – a right guaranteed in the Constitution – be even more so?

To be sure, religious freedom is not just a choice of convenience – it is a fundamental right given to all Americans by the Constitution. As we recognize Chipotle’s decision, let’s remember that a clear constitutionally-supported civil right of religious freedom should be cherished and respected in every corner of this nation.

We live in a country whose laws respect freedom and diversity, and our Constitution has always had robust protections for all Americans to live and work by their religious convictions. Americans do not check their religious freedom at the door when they leave their home or place of worship and enter the public sphere.

We must not fall prey to the hypocrisy of defending the freedom of operating a business on convictions of sustainability, but reject that same freedom when the convictions are based in faith.

U.S. Senator James Lankford, R, is a freshman senator from the state of Oklahoma. Rep. Randy Forbes, R, is serving his eighth term as U.S. Representative of the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia. They both serve as co-chairmen for the Congressional Prayer Caucus. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions for editorials, available at this link

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government Leaders Uniting For America

It is nearly impossibly to summarize a truly amazing weekend and in many ways, a historic   11044580_10206215965146649_2536909516504006656_nweekend in the ongoing fight for religious liberty! Renewed hope…a strengthened resolve…a sharpened focus…a bold declaration and an energized movement! These are just some of the descriptors as over 50 members of Congress and state legislators were joined by a few high-level leaders at the recent LIFFT America Religious Liberty Summit held in Charlotte, North Carolina. All told, 25 different states—half the country—was represented!

We gathered together to identify relevant trends and threats to religious freedom and coordinate a tactical strategy that will challenge the anti-faith movement in this country. Although one of the winter season’s worst storms hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions—canceling and delaying hundreds of flights—participants still arrived full of enthusiasm and support. Why? Because they understood the extraordinary significance of the Summit.

Government leaders collectively said, “Enough! We will not sit idly by and watch our nation’s history and Judeo-Christian heritage be rewritten with a false narrative!”

As government leaders discussed ways to effectively equip and mobilize the country, I couldn’t help but reflect on other gatherings that took place over 200 years ago. The seeds of democracy and true freedom were first planted and nurtured by patriots who met in Boston’s Faneuil Hall to address their grievances toward an unrelenting British government, by legislators who held strategic discussions at Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg after the House of Burgesses was dissolved, and of course, at Carpenter’s Hall and the State House in Philadelphia, representing the genesis for the Declaration of Independence and our beloved Constitution.

10583882_769147783128739_892271926918063866_nWe truly experienced a cohesive effort among all those who attended, to rise up and make a difference for the next generation. LIFFT—Leaders Inspiring Faith & Freedom To America—captured the very essence and spirit of what we hoped to accomplish during this special meeting. This unique, and first-of-its-kind, strategic Summit was convened by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation in conjunction with Congressman J. Randy Forbes and Senator James Lankford (co-chairs of the Congressional Prayer Caucus); Lt. Colonel Allen West, Honorary Chairman of the CPCF; and key members of Congress. These are some of the most committed leaders in our nation and they are willing to stand up and fight for our religious liberties. It’s one thing for ordinary citizens to make this kind of bold statement within the marketplace of ideas, but to witness our government leaders step to the forefront and be counted among those who believe in our core values and beliefs, it brings great joy and ignites a spark of hope that we really do have a voice in the halls of power.

The goal was to walk away with an action plan that would unite like-minded people of faith and for them to see that our leaders are “All In” when it comes to their unwavering defense of America’s founding principles. The leaders who attended the Summit signed a Call to Prayer Proclamation, not only urging the citizens of our nation to prayer, but to ensure that God is welcome in the public square by promoting the widespread display of our National Motto, “In God We Trust.” These are just first steps—stay tuned!

When the Proclamation was signed, the gravity of the ceremony was palpable throughout the room and there was a quiet recognition that this was indeed another sacred moment in American history. The synergy of each prayer, the solemn commitment from each leader, and the presence of God’s Spirit, all came together as we commemorated this powerful moment of personal decision. No one needed to be reminded of the critical hour in which we now live. The reality that our freedom is at stake was clearly evident, and the sacrificial call to protect our First Amendment rights was lying before us on a parchment of paper. Each signature was a humble declaration that proclaimed, “Here I am, send me!”

There were many positive responses; however this one was particularly significant, “Just wanted you to know how encouraged I was by the Summit. It was THE most encouraging meeting I’ve ever been to or been aware of concerning the future of our nation.” We hoped that each one would leave inspired by this growing, national network of praying government leaders; and believe for brighter days ahead.

Some consider our country too far gone, slipping beyond the brink and into a chasm of Courage is contagious_flaggodlessness, but we know better. The Lord often uses a small group of God-fearing, freedom-loving people committed to prayer and standing for truth, in order to transform a nation.  John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth President, said, “Duty is ours; results are God’s.” There are many modern-day patriots who are ready and willing to band together for the revival of American values and liberty. Although the torch of freedom is flickering, it is not yet extinguished.

This Summit was a tremendous undertaking and we want to thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support. We realize it is not going to be easy or automatic, but we do believe it will be worth it. In the upcoming weeks, we will be inviting more government leaders, as well as citizens, to unite in prayer and action.

We feel hope arising in the hearts of Americans. Please, please keep these leaders lifted up. Also, pray for us as we seek creative ways to support their efforts with excellence. It’s not too late for America! This is not about one person or one group, but about God’s people joining in unity with one voice and one heart. The baton of our Founding Fathers has been passed to this generation—we must, “not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Gal. 6:9).

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never Give In

In my role as Executive Director for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, I have the wonderful privilege of witnessing the courage of hundreds of government leaders all over the United States. I also realize the vital importance of encouraging those who serve and those who benefit from that service—to continue championing and believing in one another. Now, more than ever, we must stand together. We must not allow detractors and the unrelenting criticism of the anti-faith movement to undermine our hard fought victories. Nothing would make the opposition happier than for us to lose focus and take our eyes off the real target. Everything…everything is at stake.

The government leaders who are members of the American Prayer Caucus Network are ReligiousFreedomamong my heroes because of their selfless and determined efforts on behalf of religious liberty. Their statesmanship is evident each time they work in a bipartisan way. When the armchair quarterbacks and the disgruntled vent frustration toward Washington and their state houses, I am reminded that it is always easier to criticize the “war” in the relative safety of distance, far from the frontline battles. When our Network leaders are lumped together in broad displeasure over all things political, they remain unapologetic in their faith…they pray and study God’s Word together as brothers and sisters in Christ and honor the Judeo-Christian values that have been the cornerstone of America. I am grateful they vigorously defend our freedoms and have inspired over 100,000 prayer partners and thousands of Room 219 Prayer Groups all across the country.

The psalmist echoes this sentiment: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday” (Ps. 37:3-6).

Through their steady leadership, fifteen state caucuses have been established within the Network and we believe this number will continue to grow in the months ahead. What great joy it has been to watch over 400 legislators boldly stand in their various state capitols—united in message and purpose—to publically proclaim their commitment to God and call America back to prayer. Be encouraged because we now have a strong voice in the national discourse and are keeping our Judeo-Christian heritage alive in the marketplace of ideas.

manpraying(1)However, our government leaders simply cannot accomplish their goals without your dedication and commitment. Many of you have been Praytriots in every sense of the word. Thank you for being the church…especially those of you who have written letters of support to your Congressmen and women and your state representatives, even when a particular issue or legislative bill gets sidetracked in the tangle of bureaucracy. You are like Aaron and Hur, lifting up the arms of those whom God has called to fearlessly speak truth within the halls of power. “With good men in authority, the people rejoice” (Prov. 29:2a).

Through all our activity, the rise and fall of passionate causes and heartfelt emotion…through all of our wants and desires, hopes and dreams, we must be like Abraham Lincoln who said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

The venerable statesman, Benjamin Franklin, got it right. During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegates had been meeting for five weeks and deliberations were at the threshold of a stalemate. Franklin, then 81, offered timely counsel.

“We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that, ‘except the Lord build the House, they labour in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest. I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

So, we will continue to march forward—shoulder to shoulder—purposed in our will and putting our trust and confidence in God whom we all serve.

It was late October, 1941 and the world was embroiled in a second global conflict. British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, was visiting the boys at Harrow School, his old alma mater. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the last century, Churchill stepped to the podium and in his speech, passionately delivered these stirring words: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

May the Lord’s blessings be with you. Together we stand—together we serve!

Lea Carawan
Executive Director

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Separation Of Church And State, Not God And Government

The simple phrase, “separation of church and state,” is often quoted by the anti-faith 10583882_769147783128739_892271926918063866_nmovement, used in legislative and legal challenges and frequently distorted in terms of its original intent. Though not found anywhere in our Founding Documents, these five words have been misconstrued and misused in a determined effort by secular and atheistic naysayers to convince an entire generation that God, biblical values and prayer should be completely excluded from anything related to government, leadership, business or matters related to life in the public square.

President Thomas Jefferson first coined the phrase in a letter written to the Danbury Baptists. However, contrary to the opinions of rogue demagogues, Jefferson was not seeking to limit the public expression of faith, but was in fact, deeply committed to religious freedom. Library of Congress records reveal the following,

“…on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817), the state became the church. Within a year of his inauguration [after writing the letter to the Danbury Baptists], Jefferson began attending church services in the House of Representatives. Madison followed Jefferson’s example….Throughout his administration, Jefferson permitted church services in executive branch buildings. The Gospel was also preached in the Supreme Court chambers.”

Sadly, in many ways, the very government that was established to protect and advocate for our religious freedoms, now too frequently allows the same spirit of intolerance, coercion and legislative bullying tactics that the Church of England was once known for. Can we believe it will require anything less than committed men and women of passion and determination to rise up together and once again make our voices heard within the halls of power? We the people—especially when armed with the truth supported by history’s validation—will always triumph if we stand together.

10730815_812982765411907_5581411575886254968_nOver the decades, many of our Presidents and leaders have believed that religion and morality were indispensable supports to a healthy and God-honoring Constitutional Republic. We agree. Therefore, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation remains resolute in its commitment to restore, revitalize and champion America’s founding spirit and the principles related to faith and Judeo-Christian values in order to secure America’s future and freedom for all. For God and country! The true meaning and spirit of the separation of church and state does not mean a total divorce and disconnection between God and government. Rather, it explicitly limits and deters active interference by the government in dictating a person’s conscience in matters of faith and practice.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Members of Congress are taking a stand

You’re primarily trained in seminary, not through boot camp or The Basic School (TBS). 11MY04JKYou’re not issued an M-16 or sidearm, but given the Word of God as your sword. Your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is not combat related, but specifically recognized as a Chaplain by the United States government. Your skill set is not field artillery, cyber warfare, explosive ordinance or any number of things, but in rendering spiritual care and comfort in the face of incredible stress. And yet, you are told again and again by your superiors that you are not allowed to fulfill the very job you were asked to do when you signed your contract.

Twenty-four U.S. Senators and House Representatives continue to fight against this kind of insanity and have written a letter to current Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, regarding a chaplain who was disciplined for simply giving spiritual guidance as part of a suicide prevention briefing to Army Rangers while stationed at Fort Benning, GA. After multiple combat deployments, chaplain and U.S. Army Ranger, Joseph Lawhorne, shared during a training class how his faith had helped him deal with his own depression. His transparency and concern for his fellow soldiers earned him a standing ovation from class attendees. However, because one soldier objected to Lawhorne’s use of a handout containing biblical, as well as secular approaches to handling depression, he is now being officially reprimanded by the Army. The stated goal for the individual in making a complaint was to ensure this situation does not set what he deemed to be a troubling precedent.

The reality here is that Chaplain Lawhorne was not imposing his religious beliefs on anyone, nor was he mandating that those in attendance follow his example. This was not a direct order, an official policy or a command dictate. He was merely sharing his personal experience in the hopes that it may assist others as they wage their own internal battles from the hidden wounds of combat trauma. Would it have been much different if he had suggested that listening to music helped him, or quiet meditation, or seeing a counselor, or any number of possible interventions? I think not.

CPCF-IGWTred.blue.blonde-STAR_4x4-300_ft1 (1)On an entirely different battlefront, a New Jersey judge recently threw out a lawsuit against a school district seeking to remove the words, “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited daily by students. This case also resulted in a positive outcome in the fight for religious liberty. In Tinker v. Des Moines independent School District, an oft cited case, the Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that students do not, “shed their free speech rights at the school house gate.” During the Clinton Administration, then Secretary of Education, Richard Riley issued a “statement of principles” that outlined permissible religious expression in public schools. Every American—without exception—should be able to follow his or her conscience without fear of consequences, including the young and defenseless who need advocates.

Members of Congress have previously defended this phrase in the Pledge as constitutional, including the submission of an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts by 38 Representatives during another attempt to have it eliminated. At the state level, Texas legislators passed the Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act in 2007 mandating that public schools are to treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint, if any, on an otherwise permissible subject, in the same manner as they treat a student’s voluntary expression of a secular or other viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject and may not discriminate against the student based on a religious viewpoint. This includes the expression of religious beliefs in classroom and homework assignments, as well as organizing and participating in religious student gatherings to the same extent as secular non-curricular groups. Since then, at least five other states have successfully followed suit.

The truth is that those who oppose religious liberty are counting on you and I to be intimidated, passive, unorganized, underfunded and lacking the resolve and determination to engage in the public arena. They know that human nature often creates a, “someone else will do it” mindset, while they aggressively take the higher ground. We must not, cannot and will not allow that to happen!

Hundreds of national and state leaders are working to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage, freedom of conscience, religious liberty and the right for citizens to adhere to their moral convictions. We may be facing challenges as nation, however, a commitment to prayer is also on the rise and leaders and citizens all across America are working together to accomplish these goals.

Now, more than ever, we are asking you to join hands. Pray for us. Pray with us.  Your gifts and donations enable the CPCF to advance the cause of religious freedom. The lessons of history remind us all too well there is no guarantee the windows of opportunity remain open indefinitely. United we must stand. Together with God, we will win.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Illinois was a success!

Last Thursday, February 5th, was a historic day in Illinois as a bipartisan and bicameral group of over 30 legislators established the Illinois Legislative Prayer Caucus. While the House recessed early due to weather conditions, preventing some from participating in the event, several senators and representatives remained and helped create an inspiring and memorable gathering. Legislators were joined by passionate citizens in the Rotunda of the State Capitol as they added Illinois as the fifteenth state to the growing network of like-minded government leaders.

The event was hosted by the members of the Illinois Legislative Prayer Caucus and emceed by its Chairman, Senator Sam McCann. Throughout the program, the Rotunda was filled with spontaneous applause as citizens expressed their enthusiastic support. During the reading of the actual Proclamation, it was  evident that those in attendance believed God can and will change America.

This was especially true when 2 Chronicles 7:14 was read aloud, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” The video and images of the launch will be available soon at www.IllinoisPrayerCaucus.com.

Our team was deeply touched by the warm welcome from legislators and citizens alike. We left feeling as if we had connected with family and are committed to their ongoing need for encouragement and support. The announcement of the In God We Trust. Put It Up! Campaign, a movement created in response to the victorious 2011 Congressional vote to re-affirm this phrase as our national motto, caused overwhelming cheers from the attendees. Many were inquiring about how they can put up our motto in schools, government buildings, local businesses, etc.

We are grateful for the citizens who recognized this is an opportunity that could not be passed up that could not be passed up and came out to show their strong backing! At all Call To Prayer events, legislators and citizens seal their commitment by signing the Call to Prayer Proclamation for their state. In doing so, they are publicly declaring their commitment to pray and take action to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberties. Read the text of the Call to Prayer for America here; it embodies the inspiration for all the State Legislative Prayer Caucus Proclamations. Our goal is to have a formed, fully operational and effective legislative prayer caucus in every state.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation represents a tangible and powerful mobilization effort that will shape the future our nation. Please pray for and stand with the members of these Legislative Prayer Caucuses as they rise with a unified voice to keep God as the lifeblood of our nation. Several of the important victories won by the Congressional Prayer Caucus can be found here.     
    
Your prayers and ongoing financial support are greatly appreciated.

Together, we are making a difference.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming to a City Near You?

Atlanta Fire Chief dismissed over Christian beliefs expressed outside of his job!

With every news story like this hitting media outlets, people of faith need to sound the alarm on yet another disingenuous act of political correctness that has overstepped its bounds and seeks to punish matters of conscience and religious liberty. If we fail to express our opposition and do not intervene with strong conviction—pushing back these ongoing attempts at censorship through intimidation, threats of job loss and public reprimand—we may eventually lose the window of opportunity for our voices to be heard.

Kelvin Cochran, the Chief who was released, was a decorated firefighter and served in the department with distinction for seven years. Cochran had recently authored a book for his church’s Bible study group on questions of morality and included a short comment (less than half a page) on what Scripture has to say about sexual purity. Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, indicated that he did not make his decision based on Cochran’s religious beliefs and that he was, “disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community.”

Here’s the problem with this kind of egregious thinking—the Bible, which happens to be a book of religious beliefs and values, has some definitive things to say about contemporary cultural issues that often hold center stage in the national conversation. This includes topics such as the definition of marriage, fornication, adultery, abortion, the sanctity of life and same sex attraction or behavior. In fact the world’s three major religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, all take similar positions regarding the subject of homosexuality.

So when a citizen like Cochran—completely and legally within the practice of his faith tradition—simply says that his spiritual value system describes certain standards of morality, how is this not about religious beliefs and guaranteed First Amendment rights? It should be noted that there has never been a claim of discrimination against Cochran toward the LGBT community in his role as the Fire Chief.

An editorial by the New York Times attempted to falsely argue that because Cochran worked within the public arena, the Mayor’s action was justified. This story is not about the separation of church and state, but about state censorship and a power grab over religious beliefs and practice. Listen to the words of our first President, George Washington, in writing to his troops at Valley Forge in 1778, “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to laud the more distinguished character of Christian.”

Since Washington read and observed the same Bible that Cochran was referencing in his paperback, perhaps the New York Times would call for Washington’s impeachment at such public commentary, or Mayor Reed would fire him as Supreme Commander of the Continental Army should he have the authority to do so. Mayor Reed and the editors at the Times need look no further than the mirror to see the real bullies here and even though they proclaim to care about discrimination and intolerance, yet are the ones who model it in their actions.

The questions we should all be concerned about are: Where does this kind of censorship end? When will it touch an area of my life that matters personally? When is this going to happen in my own city or town? At what point will I feel compelled to stand up? Speak up? Take action?

Kudos to folks like Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, who are supporting Cochran. These kinds of concerns (see also religious schools having to fight the federal government and the Houston Mayor’s ongoing harassment of local pastors) are the very issues we are fighting for on your behalf here at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

 Freedom came with our Founding Fathers, but it came with a price. Men and women willingly laid down their fortunes and even their lives to boldly stand up and be counted faithful to their core values and principles. Today in America, too many have succumbed to pressure tactics by anti-faith entities and are afraid to challenge the rolling tide of postmodern rhetoric.

 The first three words to the United States Constitution are, “We the people,” not “We the newspaper editors” or “We the Atlanta Mayor’s administration.” This country was founded by godly men and on Judeo-Christian principles. It’s time to reclaim our heritage and fight back. Won’t you join us? Please pray for discernment, wisdom, boldness and the necessary resources to make a difference.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment