Are you ready for what’s coming?

A fundamental, significant and disturbing shift in the cultural landscape of this country is taking place before our very eyes. The questions before us are, “Do we see what’s happening?” Do we understand the consequences—both spiritually and morally—if the nation continues down this destructive path? Are we finally ready to do something about it?”

In a landmark 5-4 decision earlier today (Obergefell v. Hodges), the Supreme Court of the Christian Groups Required to Allow Opposing ViewsUnited States redefined marriage for every American and held that the Due Process and Establishment Clauses of the 14th Amendment require a state to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. Essentially, all 50 states have now been mandated in this way, regardless of religious beliefs and in doing so, the Court struck down duly passed laws and referendums across numerous states. While many are not entirely surprised by this troubling outcome, a God-ordained institution held in sacred honor since creation has been diminished and relegated to the whim of man. This is dangerous ground—fallen and sinful mankind is attempting to dictate its own standards to a Holy God.

Kelly Shackelford, President of Liberty Institute, also indicated this ruling will impact legislation that citizens in a number of states have already voted on. Additionally, it clearly undermines state sovereignty (contrary to the U.S. Constitution and the intent of our Founders) and further diminishes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, as well as individual religious liberties.

Although a disappointing and sobering setback for millions of Americans who believe in a Constitutional Republic, our First Amendment Rights and the rule of law, we cannot and we will not stop advocating for the principles and values that have sustained this great nation for nearly 240 years.

What does this mean for people of faith? We have a majority of Supreme Court Justices who no longer value the freedom of religion—especially in matters of moral conscience—or our Constitution. In the oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases concerning whether states would remain free to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, the Justices asked the Solicitor General whether or not creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage will affect the tax-exempt status of religious groups. The Solicitor General answered in the affirmative and admitted that it could indeed become an issue.

No handing out Bibles at schoolPerhaps an even greater danger than losing tax-exempt status, the Department of Education will likely change its guidelines in the coming days, influencing countless young people. Thousands of faith-based entities could be negatively impacted, including adoption agencies, foster parents, homeless shelters, ministry organizations, counselors, Christian run businesses and many more. Pastors, judges and others may be given fines or jail time if they choose not to violate their consciences or moral standards and refuse to marry a same sex couple.

Consider broadcasters and Christian media outlets that could be refused an operational license by the Federal Communications Commission. Anyone who stands for biblical truth could face dire consequences.

It is an alarming day when five unelected judges, who should not have the power to change the precepts of God or shred the core principles of the Constitution, take it upon themselves to threaten our freedoms in such a manner. Never before in our nation’s history have we demanded that Americans violate their faith, nor have we prevented them from living or doing business according to their deeply held religious beliefs. We have always been a safe harbor and a lighthouse of freedom for those who experienced persecution elsewhere.

In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia blasted the Court’s overt, “threat to American democracy,” and said, “This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

Justice Clarence Thomas added, “The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built…The majority’s inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty.”

Even Chief Justice John Roberts warned listeners on the danger that comes with this kind of judicial activism, “This Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us…The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment.” He further notes, “Marriage did not come about as a result of a political movement, discovery, disease, war, religious doctrine, or any other moving force of word history—and certainly not as a result of a prehistoric decision to exclude gays and lesbians. It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.”

This decision does not change the reality that religious freedom is our First Freedom. We cannot leave our faith at the door of the public square. We must redouble our efforts to promote prayer, preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and fight for religious freedom. These are among the very reasons our Founding Fathers sacrificed their livelihoods to establish this Constitutional Republic.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus commented,
“…the government should not coerce individuals who believe marriage is an inherently religious act into participating in affirming a ceremony that violates their religious beliefs. I believe every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect…We are a free society rooted in these fundamental freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech and of the press, and freedom to peaceably assemble and associate with likeminded individuals. These freedoms ring hollow if Americans are not free to live by their beliefs, and instead are told they must check their convictions at the doors of their homes or places of worship. A nation that allows differing opinions and beliefs to flourish is a nation that is truly tolerant and diverse.”

If the message of today’s Supreme Court decision says anything to us as people of faith, it is that we must recognize the need to awaken from our spiritual slumber and unite—millions of us—and not yield without engaging in the battle for our country’s future, for the freedoms we have been given in our Constitution, for the right to hold fast to our religious and moral beliefs, and for the powerful voice we have together in the public marketplace. It must begin with individual and collective acts of repentance and humble petition before our Creator.

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Supreme Court Opinion Weakens Religious Freedom

Earlier today, the Court issued a 5-4 opinion holding that the Due Process and Establishment Clauses of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution require all 50 states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

It is not the Supreme Court’s job to nullify public policy that has been democratically enacted in numerous states – just as the government should never coerce people to choose between their faith and their livelihood. Every American should be free adhere to their deeply held beliefs about marriage without fear of being punished by the government.

Below are some of the quotes that were extracted from the opinion. You can read the full opinion here.

I’ll follow up with more insights on where we go from here in the days ahead. This is a setback for religious freedom, however our beliefs and commitment to promoting prayer, preserving our Judeo-Christian heritage and protecting religious freedom remain undeterred.

Overview of Obergefell v. Hodges

  • Justice Kennedy authored the decision, which was 5-4
  • Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito each authored a dissent

Highlights from the Majority Opinion

The Supreme Court held that the Due Process and Establishment Clauses of the 14th Amendment require a state to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, stating, “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right.”

The Court provided 4 reasons for determining that same-sex couples have a right to be issued marriage licenses under the Due Process Clause:

  1. “The right to personal choice regarding marriage is inherent in the concept of individual autonomy… it would be contradictory to recognize a right of privacy with respect to other matters of family life and not with respect to the decision to enter the relationship that is the foundation of the family in our society.”
  2. “The right to marry is fundamental because it supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals… it offers the hope of companionship.”
  3. “It safeguards children and families and thus draws meaning from related rights of childrearing, procreation and education…marriage affords the permanency and stability important to children’s best interests… With¬out the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the signifi¬cant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated through no fault of their own to a more difficult and uncertain family life. The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples.”
  4. “Marriage is a keystone of our social order.”  Same-sex couples cannot be “denied the constellation of benefits that the States have linked to marriage.”
    The opinion gave a cursory nod to religious freedom concerns:
    “Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions . . . .

Traditional marriage “has long been held—and continues to be held—in good faith by reasonable and sincere people here and throughout the world.”
“[I]t must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. In turn, those who believe allowing same-sex marriage is proper or indeed essential, whether as a matter of religious conviction or secular belief, may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate. The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.

Cautionary Quotes from the Dissenting Opinions on Religious Freedom

Chief Justice Roberts:
“Respect for sincere religious conviction has led voters and legislators in every State that has adopted same-sex marriage democratically to include accommodations for religious practice.  The majority’s decision imposing same-sex marriage cannot, of course, create any such accommodations.  The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to “advocate” and “teach” their religious views of marriage.  The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to “exercise” religion.  Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”

“Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.”

“It is one thing for the majority to conclude that the Constitution protect a right to same-sex marriage; it is something else to portray everyone who does not share the majority’s “better informed understanding” as bigoted.”

Justice Thomas:
“The majority’s inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty.”

“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect. . . . The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability.”

“[The majority] makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph.  And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation’s tradition.  Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for “religious organizations and persons . . . as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.”  Religious liberty is about the freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlates to the civil restraints places upon religious practice.”

Justice Alito:
“[The decision] will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.  In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women.  The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”

“I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

“By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.  Recalling the harsh treatment of gays and lesbians in the past, some may think that turnabout is fair play.  But if that sentiment prevails, the National will experience bitter and lasting wounds.

Cautionary Quotes from the Dissenting Opinions on Judicial Overreach

Chief Justice Roberts:
“[T]his Court is not a legislature.  Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. . . . The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgement.”

“It can be tempting for judges to confuse our own preferences with the requirements of the law.  But as this Court has been reminded throughout our history, the Constitution “is made for people of fundamentally differing views.””

“Marriage did not come about as a result of a political movement, discover, disease, war, religious doctrine, or any other moving force of word history—and certainly not as a result of a prehistoric decision to exclude gays and lesbians.  It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.”

“As the majority notes, some aspect of marriage have changed over time. . . . [These changes] did not, however, work any transformation in the core structure of marriage as the union between a man and a woman.”

“The Court’s accumulation of power does not occur in a vacuum.  It comes at the expense of the people.  And they know it.”

Justice Scalia:
“[T]he public debate over same-sex marriage must be allowed to continue.  But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even in a thin veneer of law.”

“This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

“With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them—with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the “reasoned judgement” of a bare majority of this Court—we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.”

Justice Thomas:
“The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built.”

“The founding-era idea of civil liberty as natural liberty constrained by human law necessarily involved only those freedoms that existed outside of government.”

Justice Alito:
“For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate. . . .  If this traditional understating of the purpose of marriage does not ring true to all our ears today, that is probably because the tie between marriage and procreation has frayed.  Today, for instance, more than 40% of all children in this country are born to unmarried women.  This development is undoubtedly both a cause and a result of changes in our society’s understanding of marriage.”

“Most Americans—understandably—will cheer or lament today’s decision because of their views on the issue of same-sex marriage.  But all Americans, whatever their thinking on that issue, should worry about what the majority’s claim of power portends.”

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A Day of Hope and Celebration

Last week, we were all shocked and grieved by the tragedy in South Carolina. We are proud of those that have reacted with forgiveness and love; resisting division and promoting healing, in their state and the nation. The same spirit of unity was on display in Washington D.C. as several Members of Congress gathered in prayer for the victims and families. United we stand, divided we fall.

On a lighter note, last Thursday many of our CPCF partners gathered at the Capitol Hill IMG_9673Club in Washington, D.C. for a dynamic luncheon and meeting. We heard from two of the leading voices in America on faith and freedom, the Founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Congressman Randy Forbes, and CPCF Honorary Chairman, Lt. Colonel Allen West.

There was a great synergy produced between the sincere commitment of the participants and the spirited passion of Forbes and West when it comes to protecting our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberties. Hearts were awakened and renewed for each person to find his or her place in this growing Movement. All agreed that we can no longer be bound by deliberate attempts to undermine our God-given rights or the perpetuation of ongoing false narratives like that of “Separation of Church and State.”

The sense of hope was palpable and faith in God’s enduring place within the hearts of Americans was strong—boldly holding fast to the belief that we still have the weight of history on our side if we will but humbly seek God once again. Together, with God and through strategic initiatives like PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the National to Prayer, the In God We Trust. Put It Up! campaign, the American Prayer Caucus Network and much more, we can and will see this nation fulfill her destiny.

Immediately following the luncheon, Congressman Forbes led our group on a private Christian heritage tour of the U.S. Capitol. Starting in the Rotunda, he highlighted several of the overt references to our rich spiritual heritage that are evident in many of the paintings displayed throughout its halls. These include Christopher Columbus’ landing in the western world in 1492 with crosses being prominent in the painting, the Baptism of Pocahontas at Jamestown in 1613, and the embarkation of pilgrims coming to America where they gathered reverently around the Bible.

IMG_9751Congressman Forbes further noted Congress approved the printing and distribution of the Aitkens Bible in 1782 and that in 1857, the U.S. Capitol housed the largest church in America. On December 4, 1800, members of Congress with Thomas Jefferson presiding over the U.S. Senate, transformed the Capitol into a church building for Sunday worship. When he was President of the United States, Jefferson attended services during his entire eight years in office. We cannot let these important facts slip silently and unnoticed through the cracks of our history. We must ensure that our national identity remains intact and is successfully, deliberately and enthusiastically passed on to the next generation.

Several key leaders who attended the luncheon shared with our team afterwards they felt personally inspired and motivated, stating this was one of the most significant events they had attended in years—that the message must get out to the people because no one is doing what we are doing.

The CPCF and our government leaders in the Congressional Prayer Caucus are “All In” and we trust that you are too! We cannot miss this God-given opportunity to see the country become great again. Our time is now and we must seize the moment. Let us resolve to give it all we’ve got.

In closing, the CPCF is proud to announce that earlier in the week, the co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Senator James Lankford, was presented with the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award by the Center for Christian Statesmanship for his excellent demonstration of character and integrity in his leadership position. His remarks struck fervently in the hearts of those who attended as he shared about his journey to our nation’s capital and his belief that God is not done with America yet. Senator Lankford is just one of many like-minded national and state leaders who have followed a similar sense of calling and purpose.

We echo the words, “God is not done with America!” Join with us in an effort to unite people of faith in all spheres of influence and around these goals: to promote prayer, preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and protect religious liberty.

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Our Leaders are Mobilizing Around Prayer!

All over the country, churches and government leaders are sounding the alarm and calling people of faith to wake up, to stand up and to act cohesively as the Body of Christ.

On Sunday morning Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the CPCFoundation, was present when Skyline Church in La Mesa, California led the way as one of the first churches in the country to participate in the PrayUSA movement. Senior Pastor, Jim Garlow, played the three-minute PrayUSA video and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, read the Proclamation aloud. This was followed by two local government leaders—State Senator Joel Anderson (38th District) and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel—who joined Mayor Wells in leading church members in a signing ceremony. What followed was significant and encouraging—inspired by the challenge to reclaim our nation, hundreds within the congregation added their names and their voices in an atmosphere of humble petition before God.

My prayer is that Christians everywhere will rise up with passion, determination and remain united in purpose—to fight for our religious liberties and the sacred Judeo-Christian heritage we too often take for granted. Either we will be overwhelmed by the prevailing culture—wherever those winds may blow—or we will take the necessary steps for God to be recognized in the marketplace of ideas and see our nation renewed and transformed.

Almost simultaneously on the other side of the country, Greenbrier Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, was also holding a special PrayUSA Sunday. In their service, Pastor Eric Watt invited the congregation to come forward and sign the document after Chesapeake Mayor, Alan Krasnoff, read the Proclamation to those in attendance.

These are first steps and the movement is just beginning, but it is becoming stronger with each passing day. The PrayUSA Initiative—including a Proclamation for a Call to Prayer—is serving as a rally point in one of the most critical periods of our nation’s history. The Proclamation is being read in churches and signed as a public declaration. Today, nearly 700 government leaders across the United States, over 6,800 citizens and dozens of leading Christian organizations have answered the call. There is much to do and we need your help!

Skyline Church, like Greenbrier, is one church—one church that has said, “Yes!” There are tens of thousands of churches in America, from small groups who gather in homes to large metropolitan worship centers. The size is not important…what matters is that people of faith are rising up to be heard. it’s time to mobilize the army of God.

Your church can participate as well—the process is easy. If you are willing to become engaged and help promote this Initiative, a three-minute video and downloadable resource kits are available at www.PrayUSA.com. Everything you need is right there, including: instructions, bulletins, flyers, posters, a PowerPoint slide, sample emails, social media tips and much more! Will you carry the torch with us?

Congressman Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, offers words of hope, Prayer is an act of faith that has unified the nation since our inception. Beyond our differences, we can be one voice, united in prayer as we strive to overcome the challenges that lie before us.

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Michigan Legislators Organize Prayer Event for Pastors

Last week in the capital city of Lansing, 15 legislators from the Michigan Legislative Prayer Caucus, organized and hosted a truly remarkable event. Two hundred pastors answered their invitation to join them at a local church, where these government leaders facilitated a powerful and inspiring program around the PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative.
 
Representative Lee Chatfield, offered a historic overview regarding our rich, Judeo-Christian heritage and the important role of prayer in America. The 3-minute PrayUSA video was played, then Michigan Prayer Caucus chairmen, Senator Mike Shirkey and Representative Ed McBroom, invited the pastors to join them in this unprecedented Call to Prayer movement. Everyone present signed the Proclamation, and many of the pastors committed to hosting a similar meeting at their church with a plan to invite a government leader to read the Proclamation.

One by one, these church leaders stood up in solemn unity and with their government leaders—committed themselves to be strong and determined voices that would resonate not only in the halls of power, but in the marketplace and fabric of communities throughout the state. See more photos here. In moving forward, they were encouraged to schedule their own signing ceremonies on a special PrayUSA Sunday, show the video, have an elected official read the Proclamation during the service, and then invite the entire congregation to participate by adding their names to a growing national list along with thousands of other like-minded citizens.

How wonderful it is to see government leaders encouraging pastors and local congregations to reclaim their rightful place, that we might see God’s hand of healing and restoration in America (2 Chron. 7:14). If a country is best anchored by faith-based values, then it is time to join in united prayer and action! The concerted effort to secularize America has eroded our nation’s spiritual foundation, assaulted our natural rights and nearly silenced Christians with threats and intimidation. This is not a cause for pulling back—this is a call to action!

So much is at stake and we are excited to share an extraordinary opportunity that is now sitting before us—the largest effort ever undertaken by government leaders and pastors to increase prayer for America. The struggle is now at the doorsteps of our state capitols, city-councils, judicial courts, academic institutions and even the Church itself. Let us never forget God’s longstanding record of faithfulness to nations and peoples who believe Him for the impossible. The Scriptures record countless examples of extraordinary victories for the nation of Israel in the face of insurmountable odds. Why? It was because God’s people prayed and believed He would answer. Only God’s Church is where the gates of hell will not prevail.

021915_CPCF_PrayUSA-LOGOonly_6x6_rgb72dpi-clear_oF1webLOIf you are willing to schedule a PrayUSA Sunday at your church, a three-minute video and downloadable resource kits are available at www.PrayUSA.com. Everything you need is right there, including: instructions, bulletins, flyers, posters, a PowerPoint slide, sample emails, social media tips and much more! Will you carry the torch with us?

Today, nearly 700 government leaders all across the United States, over 6,500 citizens and dozens of leading Christian organizations and churches have answered the call. Like the prophet Isaiah, individually and collectively they are saying, “Here I am, send me!” When we come before a gracious, but Holy God in humble petition, He is, “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations” (Eph. 3: 20-21).

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PrayUSA Initiative Exploding

Is anyone listening? People of faith have long cried out for a voice that will resonate in the 021915_CPCF_PrayUSA-LOGOonly_6x6_rgb72dpi-clear_oF1webLOnational halls of power, among state houses, in church pulpits, as well as our academic institutions and the marketplace of public discourse. Good news! You have been heard! We believe we are on the threshold of a movement that could literally change our Country’s future. Will you carry the torch with us?

The PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative has just launched and is spreading across the nation. As of this week, over 650 government leaders, nearly 6,300 citizens and more than a dozen leading Christian organizations have pledged their support and joined the unprecedented call to Prayer for America. If you haven’t signed the Prayer Proclamation, take 30 seconds and sign it here.

Best of all…this effort is being spearheaded by our government leaders—faithful servants and sentinels who are standing guard at local, statewide and national levels—calling us back to prayer and repentance thaPrayUSA_CTP_MI_Shirkey_1t we might see God’s hand of healing and restoration for America (2 Chron. 7:14). So, whether you are a government leader, a committed citizen or represent an organization that has influence to impact our current culture, you can make a difference.

If you are willing to become engaged and help promote this Initiative, a three-minute video and downloadable resource kits are available at www.PrayUSA.com. Everything you need is right there, including: instructions, web banner, bulletins, flyers, posters, a PowerPoint slide, sample emails, social media posts and much more.

Imagine what could happen if the Body of Christ fully united to awaken the dawn and strengthen that which remains (Rev. 3:2)!

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Advancing the Cause of Freedom Globally

God Bless TexasAmerica has a history of not only protecting freedom in our homeland, but advancing the cause globally. The Congressional Prayer Caucus is dedicated to standing with our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith.

Congressman Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, recently made the statement, “The freedom to peacefully live out our faith is not just part of our heritage as Americans, but a linchpin of our humanity.”

Join with us in prayer for those who do not have the luxury of freely practicing their faith. manpraying(1)The battle for freedom is at our doorstep, yet we can never forget those who are suffering abroad.

Below are just a few of the efforts put forth by the nearly 100 Members in the Congressional Prayer Caucus to advance the cause of freedom. It is the essence of our First Amendment, it should remain a top priority for each and every one of us.
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Congressional Prayer Caucus Works To Protect Religious Liberty Globally

Capitol-OmnibusCongressman Randy Forbes recently wrote, “In the face of the atrocities being committed against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, it is perhaps more crucial than ever that we refuse to sit idly by in silence. We must stand. We must act. That’s why I cosponsored a bipartisan bill to improve U.S. efforts to protect religious freedom by better training and equipping diplomats to counter extremism, address persecution, mitigate conflict, and assist the Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom to coordinate efforts globally.” Read more

Also, Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus cosponsored H.Res. 139 to condemn violence against minorities in the Middle East, and any actions limiting the free expression and practice of faith.

VIDEO: Co-Chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Holds Hearing on Religious Liberty

Sen. Lankford held a hearing that pointed out that America’s inconsistency here in the U.S. harms our ability to promote religious freedom internationally.

As Senator Lankford observed: “When Navy chaplains are told what they can and cannot do, when individual state schools shut down the practice to be able to practice their own religion on campus, these become serious challenges to our example to the World of living out freedom of religion. When that gets diminished here, it becomes a serious issue to try to shine that beacon in other places.”

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