Day of Prayer in Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama declared March 28, 2014, as the statewide “Day of Prayer over Students across Alabama.” Bentley is encouraging people to pray for the youth in Alabama to live Godly and honorable lives.
The proclamation given by Bentley read:
“Whereas Alabama students face extreme challenges, such as peer pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol, negative influences in the media, school violence and gang activities, and low self-esteem. Alabamians are encouraged to pray for God’s protection, guidance and peace, and for opportunities and blessings on the students of Alabama.
And whereas that prayer be offered for our schools, teachers and administrators for God’s wisdom and knowledge as they impart to the students of our state the greatest lessons of life and morality, and the education that each student deserves. “Now, therefore, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim March 28, 2014, as the Day of Prayer over Students across Alabama.”
This proclamation is one out of the nine similar declarations made by Bentley. The first “Day of Prayer over Students” took place in 2006. The “Day of Prayer over Students” was started by First Priority of Alabama, an organization that coordinates the Christian clubs that meet weekly before school and various prayer activities.
The group urges Christians across the state to get involved in one or more activities, such as becoming a “prayer zone partner” by praying each time one drives past a school, planning a prayer vigil at church, or organizing a prayer walk around their local school.
First Priority of Greater Birmingham Executive Director Matthew Wilson stated:
“We are thankful once again for the governor’s proclamation. Praying for students is not just a privilege, it’s a necessity. They face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world.”
Refusing to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name
Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier claims she won’t stop using the Name of Jesus even if it means she’ll be put in jail. Despite a court order to end sectarian prayers during government meetings in Maryland, Frazier is refusing to stop praying in Jesus’ Name.
Frazier strongly asserted:
“I’m willing to go to jail over it. “f we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America. We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”
On Tuesday, United States District Court Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., issued a preliminary injunction against sectarian prayers by the county. The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the American Humanist Association (AHA). The AHA claims that the Christian prayers violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
“Commissioners must not invoke the name of a specific deity associated with any specific faith or belief,” Quarles ruled.
However during Thursday’s county meeting, Frazier publically disagreed with Quarles order, calling it “an infringement on her First Amendment rights of free speech and religion. I think it’s a wrong ruling. I’m not going to give up these rights.”
After Frazier voiced her opinion of the ruling, she then read a prayer written by President George Washington. The prayer reads:
“Let me have all my directions from Thy Holy Spirit and success from Thy bountiful land. Let the bright beams of Thy Light so shine into my heart and enlighten my mind in understanding Thy blessed word that I may be enabled to perform Thy will in all things and effectually resist all temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil.”
After Frazier defied the order, Attorney Monica Miller wrote to the commission:
“We appreciate the commissioners’ individual religious freedom, and encourage them to worship as they wish in their homes and in their churches. We simply ask that they refrain from using the apparatus of government as a platform for their personal, sectarian religious views.”
Of course, it’s entirely possible that the commissioner wishes to become a public martyr of sorts for Christianity, a celebrity upon whom religious sympathizers can bestow admiration and encouragement. If that’s the case, and if she therefore ignores both the court and this warning, she will no doubt get her wish.”
The AHA is now threatening to press charges if Frazier or others with the commission continue to pray in the Name of Jesus.
Pelosi Calls Pro-Life Advocates “Dumb”
During her acceptance speech as she received the Margaret Sanger Award, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called pro-lifers “dumb.”
On Thursday at the Planned Parenthood’s annual gala, Pelosi stated, “When you see how closed their minds are or oblivious or whatever it is—dumb—then you know what the fight is about. Whatever happens with the court …we must remember these battles will not be the end of the fight.”
Pelosi was referencing to the personhood laws that have been given in various states and the opposition to the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate.
“Minister” William Barber II, who leads a homosexual advocacy and social justice organization called “Moral Mondays” in North Carolina, was also at the gala. Barber stated:
“We must build a movement knowing that those against Planned Parenthood are also against voting rights, labor rights, and immigration reform. The same people trying to gut voting rights are the same people trying to remove southern states from Medicaid coverage, and are the same people trying to remove women’s rights. We are stronger together when we fight these injustices together.”
Bradley Bredeweg of the ABC Family show The Fosters, a show about children being raised by lesbians, also spoke at the event. Bredeweg asserted:
“Our family represents the new, loving and modern family. Two incredibly smart and passionate biracial lesbian women raising a family made up of a multicultural mix of biological, adopted, and foster kids. A family that is allowed to make their own choices, to decide what is best for their own family. With all of the prejudice and discrimination that we still have to fight as gays and lesbians, as women, as different races—the last thing we should be fighting for are our own bodies.”
This is the junk that many people believe. It’s high time Christians start standing up and saying “enough is enough.” Leaders of this country are calling Christians out for their opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality. Where are the Christians calling out the wickedness of our leaders? The sinful views of this world are rapidly taking over. Please do not sit by idle. Stand up for truth and earnestly pray for this country.