At first homosexuals asked to be left alone to live their lives. They continued demanding more and more, until finally they demanded “marriage equality.” Last year the US Supreme Court handed them that demand and still they want more — to force all to accept and celebrate their lifestyle choice. Evidence of this is in the attacks on churches, colleges and organizations which adhere to the Biblical definition of sexuality and marriage. The latest example is the listing of Lancaster Bible College on Campus Pride’s ‘Shame List.’
This bill encourages the display of our national motto and the Bill of Rights in classrooms and other areas of public school buildings. This is already settled law; the Supreme Court has ruled as recently as 2010 that our motto is a “secular phrase” reflecting our spiritual and patriotic heritage and, does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, but many schools are still hesitant to post our national motto for fear of an ACLU lawsuit!
Fourth verse of the “Star-Spangled Banner:” “O thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land,
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto ‘IN GOD IS OUR TRUST’!
And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
Over the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
The purpose of the First Amendment Defense Act was to guarantee federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation, their tax status, or their eligibility to receive grants, licenses or contracts.
In light of the comments from Solicitor General Donald Verrilli during oral arguments in the Obergefell case, it became quite clear that the Obama Administration would be okay with the IRS revoking the tax-exempt status of religious institutions (including schools) that believe marriage should be only between a man and a woman. The need for a First Amendment Defense Act is great.
The US House is poised to vote on a bill to protect religious liberty and the conscience protections of those refusing to do abortions. It also would stop states from mandating that all employee health plans cover abortions.
Yesterday SB 1307, with an amendment that inserted SB 1306 into the bill, passed the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee by a 7-4 vote. All Democrats and Republican Senators Scott Wagner, Tom Killion, and Camera Bartolotta voted for opening the women’s bathrooms, locker and shower rooms to men!
New York’s openly homosexual Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney introduced an amendment to HR 5055, an Energy Department appropriations bill. The amendment would make President Obama’s July 21, 2014 executive order federal law requiring all federal contractors to hire homosexuals and transgenders — including religious organizations! Four of the 43 Republicans voting with all the Democrats were from Pennsylvania!!
Today is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.
Increasingly we see the military giving into the demands of the misnamed Military Religious Freedom Foundation. This foundation is NOT for religious freedom within the military, but attempts to stifle religious expression. Only Congressman Mike Kelly joined in signing the letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald. Thank him for standing up to protect the religious freedom of our men and women in uniform.
Although Coach Kennedy’s prayers are verbal, he does not pray in the name of a specific religion or deity, and he does not say “amen.” Each post-game prayer lasts approximately 15 to 20 seconds, during which Coach Kennedy is unaware of who may or may not be in the vicinity. Coach Kennedy’s sole intent, as motivated by his sincerely-held religious beliefs, is to say a brief prayer of thanksgiving and then move on. Coach Kennedy has never received a complaint about his post-game personal prayers.