HB 1728, “An Act providing for the display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings” overwhelming passed in the State House by a vote of 172-24 with one Republican (Chris Ross) and twenty-three Democrats voting against it.
From a January 14, 2014 Baltimore Sun article: “Bruce Hake, of Union Bridge, and Neil Ridgely, of Finksburg, are suing the county because they believe the commissioners’ sectarian prayers violate the so-called “Religion Clauses” of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which has been historically interpreted to prohibit the establishment of a national religion by Congress or the preference of the government for one religion over another.
Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, cited Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.
There is no doubt that our nation is in dire need of revival. As America has pushed God out of the public square, rewritten our history to omit the faith of our Founding Fathers and forgotten who we are and where we came from, we can see the consequences all around us. In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a “National Fast Day” on April 30, 1863.
As I write this Pastor Scott Lively with Defend the Family is in US District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is being represented by our good friends at Liberty Counsel. In March 2012 a foreign group called Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) sued Pastor Scott “for the decade-long campaign he has waged, in coordination with his Ugandan counterparts, to persecute persons on the basis of their gender and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.”
As United States Senator, Sam Brownback defended faith, marriage, family and life. He is now the Governor of Kansas and has done a great job . . . and atheists don’t like him for his outspoken faith! Americans United for Separation of Church and State has specifically said he needs to “repent” for violating the separation of church and state in his promotion of a prayer event held by ReignDown USA this past Saturday. But in their eyes, the most “horrifying” action by Governor Brownback was when he issued a proclamation declaring Saturday a “Day of Restoration.”
In recent weeks the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed lawsuits in US District Court against two western Pennsylvania school districts demanding that they remove Ten Commandment monuments from school property. In the lawsuit against the Connellsville School District they are also demanding that a neighboring church not be permitted to move the Ten Commandments to their property because a student may see it while they are on school property.
Thank these three businesses: The Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, PA; Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO and the Philadelphia Wax Museum.
Yesterday Senate Republicans were able to block Harry Reid’s version of campaign finance — S3369 the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012 or DISCLOSE Act. This piece of legislation was just introduced on July 10th and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants it passed NOW! Every voting Republican voted against cloture — a motion to limit debate on a motion to proceed to the bill — which requires a 60 vote majority. (Senator Bob Casey, Jr. voted ‘Yea;’ Senator Toomey voted ‘Nay.’) The vote was 51 to 44. Senator Reid has called for further debate today with another cloture vote at 3:00 p.m. They are desperate to get this passed before the November election!
Increasingly the religious freedoms of Christian military personnel is under assault whether it be chaplains who feel harassed for not endorsing homosexuality or the US Government ordering Bibles be burned in Afghanistan. On July 10th a letter was sent to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta asking for an explanation to recent actions taken by the Department of Defense (DoD). The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) was pleased to see one Pennsylvania Congressman’s name on the letter, but wonders where the other eighteen were. The AFA of PA thanks Congressman Mike Kelly for signing onto the letter to Leon Panetta and standing for the religious freedoms of our soldiers, sailors and Marines.