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Religious Freedom Restoration Act Then And Now
On November 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the "Religious Freedom
Restoration Act" into law. The bill had passed unanimously in
the House and in the
A broad coalition of Americans came together to make this bill a reality… People worked together across ideological and religious lines… new trust was established… the power of God is such that even in the legislative process miracles can happen.
We all have a shared desire here to protect perhaps the most precious of all American liberties, religious freedom... The signing of legislation… is often a quiet ending to a turbulent legislative process... This event assumes a more majestic quality because (we) affirm the historic role that people of faith have played in the history of this country and the constitutional protections those who profess and express their faith have always demanded and cherished...
This act reverses (a) Supreme Court's decision… and reestablishes a standard that better protects all Americans of all faiths in the exercise of their religion in a way that…is far more consistent with the intent of the Founders of this Nation than the Supreme Court decision.
More than 50 cases have been decided against individuals making religious claims against Government action since that decision was handed down. This act will help to reverse that trend by honoring the principle that our laws and institutions should not impede or hinder but rather should protect and preserve fundamental religious liberties.
The free exercise of religion has been called the first freedom... Our Founders
cared a lot about religion… they well understood… how both religion and
Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some
protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the
character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed
to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise
Government might usurp…What this law basically says is that the Government
should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone's
free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the
Let us never believe that the freedom of religion imposes on any of us some responsibility to run from our convictions. Let us instead respect one another's faiths, fight to the death to preserve the right of every American to practice whatever convictions he or she has, but bring our values back to the table of American discourse to heal our troubled land. (The American Presidency Project).
In February 2014, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer succumbed to pressure from a
similarly dishonest public relations campaign, including economic threats by big
business. It worked and she vetoed the bill. Now, homosexual allies in the
the White House, and even the Republican Mayor of
The tactics used against Gov. Pence and Indiana (and now Gov. Hutchinson in
The Obama administration has played a major role in hastening
The destructive leadership in our military is now being replicated in the wider culture where it is also being escalated by Obama administration policies. Anti-religious hostility, like that against distinguished Navy Chaplain Wes Modder (see FRC Petitions; Forbes Letter) because he gave moral biblical counsel, is being demonstrated time and again in the private sector and in civil government. If the Supreme Court issues a sea-change ruling on marriage this June, as widely expected, homosexual activists will launch an aggressive grassroots campaign, with help from government, to silence Christians who "stubbornly" cling to their biblical convictions regarding marriage and sexual purity. Stories like Chaplain Modder's and Barronelle Stutzman's will be routine.
May Governor Pence not retreat in any form or fashion in the face of those
hostile to biblical truth and morality! May those serving and seeking public
office stand with Gov. Pence to defend
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting - Tony Perkins is asking praying believers everywhere to pray and fast from April 7th till April 28th that God will intervene to guide our Supreme Court to protect, not destroy, natural marriage as the legal standard for our nation. He urges that we "pray up to the day of battle and go into that day with strength; praising God for the victory!"
May hundreds of thousands, even millions, join us in prayer and fasting for the members of the Supreme Court; that God will move a strong majority of the Justices to reaffirm natural marriage and reject the idea of inventing any right to same-sex "marriage" in the Constitution! (2 Sam 23:3; Ps 110:3;Pr 21:1; Dan 9:3-19; Mt 17:21; Lk 2:37; Rev 12:11)
Finally, many more matters require our prayers, including Iran's failure to meet the deadline; but as the Targets go to press, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declined to sign his state's newly-passed RFRA, sending it back to the legislature. And Indiana groups were meeting with homosexual activists to find language that would satisfy them. Clearly this matter is paramount. Our hope is in Jesus Christ and His sovereignty as our Resurrected Lord! He is Risen! Thank you for praying!
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director