Prayer Under Fire in North Texas City
Recently, the City of North Richland Hills (near Fort Worth) received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization whose goal is to remove religious expression from the public square. The City’s Council meetings begin with prayer, which does not usually refer to God or Jesus specifically, but is often closed by the phrase “In His Name” or “In Your Name.” Following a complaint from one citizen, FFRF has taken it upon itself to punish a city for engaging in voluntary, constitutionally-permitted prayer before important meetings. We are in communication with the city. This is just one more example of the extreme left’s attempt to stifle religious free speech. Sound off on this issue on our blog! Should city hall meetings include prayer?
Don’t Tear Me Down Keeps Growing!
In the last few weeks, the number of people who have signed our petition has increased to more than 125,000 people, and there have been a total of more than 1.6 million views of our YouTube video! You can watch our video now by visiting http://www.DontTearMeDown.com, and you can sign our petition there too! We will present the petition to the heads of the veterans groups we represent in the important Mojave Desert War Memorial case on Oct. 6, across from the U.S. Supreme Court the day before the argument. You still have time to get your friends and family involved! And when you donate to the Don’t Tear Me Down campaign, you’ll receive a complimentary DontTearMeDown.com wristband to show others! Click here to donate now!
Christmas in August: Candy Cane Case Argued Today
Free Market Foundation attorneys just finished giving oral arguments in the infamous “candy cane case” at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The case began in 2003 when students in the Plano Independent School District were stopped from handing out candy cane pens with a religious message, banned from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to soldiers overseas, stopped from giving invitations to church events to classmates, and not allowed to wear red and green. Attorneys opposing the students are arguing for less protection for students and that students don’t have First Amendment rights. Please pray for a favorable outcome affirming our children’s right to non-disruptive free speech, which includes sharing their faith.
Whether you are christian or not I am sure that your religion is under attack in some way. We must make sure that we retain our freedom of religion. We need to protect this freedom with everything we have. We must not let the government gain anymore control over religion. We have to keep America a free nation in all ways.
~With Special thanks to the Free Market Foundation at freemarket.org