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.