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.
On April 9th Mayor Michael Nutter and each Philadelphia City Council member signed onto “An Open Letter to Those Affected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Laws.” It touts the city’s “inclusiveness” and invites those who feel discriminated against in the twenty states that have RFRA laws to relocate to Philadelphia. Yesterday the AFA of PA faxed a letter to Mayor Nutter and each of the City Council members expressing disbelief that such a letter would originate from that city.
Yesterday the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide group advocating for religious freedom, faxed a letter to Mayor Nutter and each of the City Council members expressing disbelief that such a letter would come from the city where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed.
Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled that Christian bakers cannot turn down a pro-homosexual “marriage” message, but a baker that supports same-sex “marriage” can turn down a pro-Biblical marriage message because it is hateful and bigoted. By the way, Colorado has an “anti-discrimination” law that includes the words “sexual orientation” and that is what was used to sue Masterpiece Cake. Here in PA, if HB 300 or SB 30 is passed we will see the same type attacks against Christian business owners.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide organization advocating for the freedom of religion, applauds Governor Pence for doing the right thing and signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), modeled after the 1993 federal law passed unanimously in the US House, by a vote of 97-3 in the US Senate and signed by President Bill Clinton.
Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide group that seeks to protect the original intent of the Constitution, thanked the Lehigh County Commissioners for not giving in to pressure from the anti-religious Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove a cross from the county seal.
If you haven’t heard yet, your County Commissioners — all nine of them — told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) “NO” when asked to remove the cross from the county seal!
As our nation takes time to reflect today on the terrorist attacks upon us thirteen years ago, we have been reminded this week that the attacks upon our American principles and her history do not just happen through the efforts of small groups on passenger jets. We were attacked physically on September 11, 2001 resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, but our founding principles, our basic beliefs are also under attack by those who are attempting to rewrite our nation’s history in an effort to create a God-less America. We can look all around us to see the results of pushing God out of the public square and it’s not a pretty picture!