Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Should Christians Be Surprised by Suffering? (Dr. Gary Habermas)

The importance of prayer for the persecuted

Christians and Christian organizations are making plans now for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, which will be held this year on Sunday, November 11.

Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) spokesman Todd Nettleton explains that the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) should be a significant day on the church calendar because it is a day when Christians around the world take time to remember their persecuted brothers and sisters.

"[We remember] those who go to church at great risk, those who serve Christ at great risk, and it's really a celebration of the unity of the Body of Christ, because the Bible says when one part suffers, we're all supposed to feel that pain," Nettleton notes. "The International Day of Prayer is an important part of joining in the pain that our brothers and sisters endure."


Young people make a 'Great Discovery' in Haiti

Haiti (MNN) ― Christian World Outreach has held their Great Discovery Youth Camps in Haiti since 1979.

The camps are held annually in Lavictoire and one in Ouanaminthe and target young adults. Greg Yoder with Christian World Outreach first explains what's meant by youth. "Sometimes in Haiti when they say youth, it's anyone who's single, and it can be up to age 35."
Then, Yoder says that the area Christians invite non-Christian friends of theirs to join them for a week. They share the Gospel and give them opportunity to change their lives spiritually, he say. It's the culmination of what may have been months of building relationships with people.

It's a popular invitation. This year, over 400 guests visited between the two venues, Yoder notes. "At those two events this year, 76 people came to Christ. We don't stop there. We don't just leave them. We try to plug them into a church. The pastors from our churches follow up with these people."

Each day begins and ends with a chapel service sharing the Gospel message. Throughout the day, there are seminars on topics such as how to choose a mate, biblical sexuality, marriage, and raising children.

There are also fun activities such as soccer and other games that appeal to youth. Part of CWO's relationship with partner churches is to educate and train the pastors and leaders. The training helps these partners ask and answer the following: "How do we help people grow in their new faith? How do we disciple them so that they can grow spiritually and become a witness for Christ in their community?"

Once the camps are completed, the church leaders and pastors can then disciple and mentor the youth so that they are not sent back to their home environments without the support of a local church. Yoder says they take a hands-off approach to the discipleship aspect. It means the local church has local flavor. "We've left it up the pastor and his leadership in the church. It kind of ties into the leadership training we do at the beginning of the year. "


THINK recognized for rescuing enslaved, criminal girls

Samaritan's Purse is honoring a Liberian activist for rehabilitating girl soldiers in Africa.

Female soldiers are captured by rebels, forced into their military and often required to marry or serve as concubines to rebel officers. But Rosanna Schaack operates an organization called THINK, which reclaims the girls.

"We started out in 2003 running a rehabilitation home for child soldiers -- especially girls -- offering them basic literacy, vocational skills training, life skills, counseling," she shares. "And being a faith-based organization, we offer a lot of biblical counseling."

Along with being honored by Samaritan's Purse, Schaack recently received the Human Rights Award from Vital Voices.


Over 1500 Cities and Towns in U.S. and Canada Will Participate in National Life Chain Sunday 2012 -- October 7

Chains in other nations are held at different times of the year

For location, time, and updates in each city, see www.LifeChain.net
YUBA CITY, Calif., Oct. 1, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In Life Chain's 25th year of prayer and public witness on U.S. and Canadian sidewalks, we must discern "the times" and heed God's warning to nations that institute and validate evil. To legalize the killing of God's future worshippers is to defile God's holiness and flaunt His eminent regard for mercy and justice. Of added defilement is church apathy that permits such evil to gain root and prevail for decades. The risk is severe, as seen in the devastation that ended slavery's legitimacy in America and ended the annihilation of Jews and other unwanted humanity in Germany. Of the Civil War, Lincoln wrote: "...the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether." Mercy, when withheld, seeks justice.

Let us learn from the "peculiar people" Christ chose to anchor His gospel. Their sacrificial action against infanticide impacted a pagan culture, unlike today's passive church in Christianized Western nations. Rather than deter abortion's legalization, our lukewarmness helped ready its passage and helped ready us to accommodate its cruelty by yielding in substantial measure to co-existence with it. Wrote columnist and constitutional attorney Matt Barber: "We've simply moved from the gas chambers to the abortion clinics -- from Auschwitz to Planned Parenthood ... to live under Roe v. Wade is to live in shame."

Evil cannot defeat a repentant and resolute church. Observed Afro-American pastor Clenard Childress: "There was a time when the church was very powerful.... Early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.... Small in number, they were big in commitment.... By their effort and example, they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests."

Let us value the early church enough to imitate it. Let us view preborn humanity as God's invaluable "gifts" with divine purpose -- gifts "in the image of God" that we must defend, whatever the cost. Of urgent need are pastors who will return pro-life to its biblical roots, who will equip and mobilize their laity, and who will persuade fellow clergy to prepare themselves for battle against massive child mutilation. Under today's pro-life standard, 300,000 "pro-life pastors" occupy pulpits in America, yet a horrid abortion scourge disgraces and impairs both church and nation. Lead pastors are in vital need. Let us restore the biblical meaning of pro-life and in so doing restore to the church much needed integrity and relevance. The pulpit can accomplish that. It is more powerful than any congress or parliament.

Again in 2012, National Life Chain Sunday, Lord willing, will line U.S. and Canadian sidewalks with peaceful Life defenders who will intercede for America and Canada. Pastors, please prepare your people for prayer and solemn meditation. Extol the Preborns' humanity. Cry out in their defense. And please lead your congregation or parish to your local sidewalks to "plead the case of the fatherless to win it." Today, we the church are the only hope for at-risk Preborns' because abortion law has granted mothers full pregnancy control. Let us this year, as never before, pray for broken hearts and commitment, that we might see the end of legal child killing and experience mercy for our nation, rather than justice.

Contact: Royce Dunn,
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Meeting students on campus, engaging them in missions

nterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana Student Missions Conference is expanding its outreach this year by going on tour to campuses across the nation.

For decades, InterVarsity has relied on its Student Missions Conference to inform, recruit and send thousands of missionaries around the world. While that aspect has not changed, Tom Lin, director of Urbana and InterVarsity's vice president for missions, explains that his group will be touring campuses across the country this year.

"Most of our publicity has gone through local churches only, as well as other media, such as radio," Lin details. "But what we wanted to do is go to the actual campuses this time, talk about Urbana, and actually talk about missions, engage students in missions -- just like we would at the actual conference."


Dr. Alveda King: A Few of My Favorite Books

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- God has a way of getting our attention through obedient scribes. As a grateful member of God's "Ready Writer Team," I enjoy sharing reviews of books by those I consider to be brothers and sisters in the battle as we wield our pens and/or keyboards. Recently, more and more powerful authors are being brought to our attention with messages to the Body of Christ and to those in the world who will listen.
In WALK IN GENERATIONAL BLESSINGS, Joseph Mattera challenges the Body of Christ to connect the past, present, and future by thinking and acting generationally. Stopping cultural decline cannot be accomplished by government, with science and technology, or on the battlefields of clashing civilizations, but only in the heart of our society--the home.
Does the Christian worldview include concerns regarding the economic crisis this election cycle? In "Good Returns: Making Money by Morally Responsible Investing," George Schwartz and Lou Holtz offer time-tested wisdom on the complexities of the investment process; advice on how to invest in a morally responsible way; and information on how to screen and exclude companies according to a clear set of faith-based criteria: those who support or service the abortion industry, producers and distributors of pornography, and companies involved in embryonic stem cell research. This guide demonstrates that high returns are achievable without supporting companies that do not support similar values. Also included is insightful commentary on the current political policies affecting the country's financial state.
Recently, my friend Wall Builders founder David Barton and I presented economic insight at Martin Gillespie's (Executive Director of American Majority Action) voter education rally. The next day we joined a host of prayer warriors at America for Jesus (available on www.God.tv/America-for-Jesus).
On the way to the airport, I listened to Joe Mattera's powerful message online. He preached "How America exchanged God for gods" at a predominately African American Church. It was a "the one who has ears to hear" moment that bears sharing.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention links of interest and a few books by yours truly, available at www.kingforamerica.org. WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, LIFE AT ALL COSTS, I DON'T WANT YOUR MAN, I WANT MY OWN and others are there for your library. Also, please visit www.africanamericanoutreach.com, www.Godsaid.org; and www.newindependentchristianparty.com. It might bless you take a moment and check out these ministry resources.

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Absolutely Uncertain

A new, 18-minute mini-documentary follows the journey of Irina, a 23-year-old liberal, Jewish New Yorker who voted for Obama in 2008. Yet as her connection to Israel has grown, and she has learned more about the President's policies across the Middle East and towards Israel in particular, Irina has come to realize that "when the chips are down," the President may not "have Israel's back" as he says.

The short film features:

Exclusive interviews with leading journalists and politicians in Israel
(Bloomberg, London Times, Jerusalem Post, etc.)

Mainstream news reports (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, etc.),

Clips from longtime Democratic supporters including: Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Former cop taking on sex traffickers

he author of God in a Brothel has set up a ministry to combat human trafficking.

God in a Brothel (book cover)For many years, former New Zealand police officer Daniel Walker worked for various organizations to pinpoint human and sex trafficking, assist authorities in rescuing the women and girls involved, then prosecute traffickers.
"The fastest-growing form of slavery is human trafficking, and the most horrific, of course, is sex trafficking," Walker asserts. "In the next ten years, the commercial sexual sale of women and children will become the number-one earner for organized crime groups around the world, surpassing drugs, which is currently number one."
The reason this type of trafficking will surpass drug crimes is because victims can be sold repeatedly every day. The profits, therefore, are astronomical -- earning traffickers $32 billion annually. Furthermore, fewer risks are involved, because the penalties for the crime are less significant than for drug-related crimes. Also, police corruption is also involved.
Walker's new ministry, Nvader, will continue to work to rescue women and girls from trafficking.


Steve Amerson to Sing at the Medal of Honor Convention

HONOLULU, Oct. 1, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- On October 6, 2012 Steve Amerson, America's Tenor, will be singing at the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention's Patriot Awards Dinner in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In October 2009, Steve was presented the "Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment" at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Patriot Award Gala in Dallas, Texas. This award recognizes distinguished Americans who have made notable contributions to our nation and the values we hold dear through their life's work in the entertainment industry. For the past several years Steve has sung at Medal of Honor events across the country including those at the New York Stock Exchange, the Reagan Library and in Dallas, Texas.
More than 50 of America's 81 living Medal of Honor recipients will be honored at the 2012 Medal of Honor Society Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii from Oct. 1-6, 2012. Recipients from World War II up to the current conflict in Afghanistan will be in attendance. The Medal of Honor Society gathers each year to reunite living members, as they continue their legacy of inspiring our youth, honoring patriots and memorializing those recipients who have passed.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon a member of the U.S. armed forces. During the past 151 years, fewer than 3,500 recipients have been awarded the medal. Only 81 living recipients remain today, including two from Hawaii.
"We are truly humbled and proud to share the 'Ohana culture, traditions and splendor that is distinctly Hawaii with our nation's most revered heroes," said retired Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo, co-chairman of the convention's host committee and former commander, U.S. Pacific Command.
The convention will be funded entirely by contributions, with more than a dozen corporate sponsors already committed as contributors. The convention will feature public and private events and activities in and around Honolulu, including community outreach activities to students and veterans.
Several events are open to the public including the Recipients' Memorial Stone Dedication at the National Memorial Cemetery, a downtown Honolulu Block Party on Friday, October 5, book signings by the recipients on October 6 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki and the Patriot Awards Dinner on October 6. For more information about these events please go the web site at www.medalofhonorconvention2012.com.
For more information on Steve Amerson please go to www.Amazedbyamerica.com.

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Band wants to lead worship, not just entertain

A new group called the Andy Needham Band, hailing from New England, has emerged in contemporary worship music.

Andy Needham BandMembers of the group started writing and playing as a hobby, participating in summer camps and worship conferences. In the last year, they made the transition to a full time band and are releasing their first national CD this week.
Andy Needham wrote or co-wrote all of the songs, which are sung in all sorts of churches.
"Their Sunday morning experiences may look a little different sometimes even doing the same songs but in a different way with different instrumentation or styling," says Needham. "I think it reflects God's character and nature that we're not all cookie cutter worshippers, that we don't do it all the same, so I think it's a good thing."
Needham's purpose is not to so much to entertain but to reach the hearts of worshippers.


Hurricane Isaac: An Opportunity for Churches to Work Together

On August 28th Hurricane Isaac started coming ashore in Louisiana. The eye of the storm traveled directly over the city of Houma where I grew up.

Last week a report was released showing that Hurricane Issac damaged 59,000 homes.
This is an excellent opportunity for Christians to work together, for the Church, Jesus Christ's bride, to meet human needs and help people recovering from the storm.

Here's an idea: Your church can partner with a church in Lousiana to help people that lost their homes, or lacked hurricane insurance and have been unable to have basic maintenance performed on their homes.

Perhaps your denomination's missions board is involved in disaster relief and you could contact them and ask what kind of help they need.

Last week the North American Mission Board reported, "With the American Red Cross completing feeding operations the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have turned their attentions to helping homeowners clean out their flooded homes."


Taking the war to the sex traffickers

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Oct. 19, a new army will be recruited to combat the frightening abduction of thousands of children in the U.S. each year, some of whom are subject to sexual abuse and even slavery.
The 10th Preventing Abuse Conference will convene at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines to inform, equip and organize people to be part of the solution to a rampant human trafficking problem made only worse in recent years by child pornography, an increasingly sexualized culture and the spread of drug cartels smuggling children across the border.

The numbers staggering: According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 1,000,000 children are reported missing in the U.S. each year, and of those, somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 are abducted by nonfamily members.

“At 80,000 per year, that’s over 1,500 children per week getting kidnapped in the U.S.,” explained Tony Nassif, founder and president of the Preventing Abuse Conferences. “And here’s the problem: A lot of the missing children, they get sucked in by pimps within the first 48 hours. Put it together: The FBI says that child porn is the fastest growing form of pornography on the Internet. Where do you think they get the kids?”

Nassif told WND the conference is for anyone, but it’s especially aimed at educating concerned parents, training police officials and, most especially, for mobilizing the church to get into the battle.
“A major aspect of our conference is focusing on the church, because the church is the largest grassroots organization the world has ever known or ever will know,” Nassif told WND. “And grassroots is the key to exposing any crime. No law enforcement agency can match the vast reach of the church, and the church has a moral mandate from God to relieve the oppressed and set the captive free.


Meet the Man Who Can’t Walk, Talk or Use His Hands and Yet Runs a Multi-Million Dollar Capitalism-Inspired Charity

The next time you consider taking a sick day, think about this guy. Avichai Kremer was 29-years-old and on top of the world. A native of Israel, he’d been accepted to Harvard Business School and was just beginning his studies within those ivy walls when the devastating news arrived.

After feeling numbness in his fingers, which made holding a coffee mug difficult, he was diagnosed with ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition in which muscles gradually atrophy, ultimately leading to complete paralysis. After nine years with the disease, Kremer is unable to move his arms, legs, or to speak. But his brain functions perfectly as does his brilliant mind, which he decided to put to very good use.

When he received the terrible news, Kremer retreated to bed depressed for several days, but upon arising, he decided he had to take action, both for himself and for the hundreds of thousands with his condition. He recruited friends from Israel, his Harvard classmates and professors who together founded the American non-profit Prize4Life.

Of course, as business school students, they had to put a capitalist twist on the project (which is ironic considering Chinese communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong is believed to have had ALS!). Kremer and crew constructed a business plan, bringing their financial acumen and innovative spirit to the project focused on how to find a cure that’s evaded scientist for 140 years.

Profile of Avichai Kremer Prize4Life Leader With ALS | Lou Gherigs Disease
Kremer operates a censor between his eyes to type on virtual keyboard. A screen for guests communicates his words.

Smart Phones Now Lifeline to Jesus

New App Allows Users to Share the Gospel through Their Phones
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- New apps for smart phones arrive daily - some by the hour - to bring fun games, traveling tools, and convenient tips. But Jesus Film Media has brought a new kind of app to share the gospel through videos in over 1,100 languages directly on your device.

The JESUS Film Project introduces JESUS Film Media, a free app providing anyone with an Android or iOS device access to the complete library of The JESUS Film Project - some 66,000 video clips.

"Film provides a way to casually engage in conversation about spiritual topics. We hope the app will spark spiritual conversations and connect more people with the life-changing message of Jesus," said Erick Schenkel, executive director of The JESUS Film Project.

With access anywhere, anytime, the Jesus Film Media app allows users to instantly view or share a film clip with anyone. By eliminating barriers like language, literacy, electricity and more, JESUS and the entire library of Jesus Film resources can be shared without hassle.

Through the app, users can view the 2-hour original film, JESUS, with 61 teaching segments, in more than 1,150 languages; Magdalena, The Story of Jesus and My Last Day, all subsequent films about Jesus' life and death; and the entire Global Short Film Network library, subtitled in 8 languages - all readily available to help share the gospel.

The corresponding website, www.jesusfilmmedia.org allows all users to have the usability of the app and to interact and share tips and advice on how to best use the Jesus Film Media resources digitally and share the gospel. Both the app and website are social enabled, so people can share the films via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email, etc.

Download the Jesus Film Media app now by going to app.jesusfilmmedia.org on your smartphone or search "Jesus Film Media" in the app store. The Android app will be available soon. For more information, visit www.jesusfilmmedia.org.

The JESUS Film Project
The JESUS Film Project exists to glorify God by providing people of every nation with the opportunity to learn about Jesus in their own language through film. For more information on The JESUS Film Project, visit www.jesusfilm.org.

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Weather Channel to Name Winter Storms

Would Hurricane Katrina have been even more devastating if it hadn't been named? Would people take more notice of blizzards more seriously if a strong front were named after a Greek god or goddess? That's what the Weather Channel is thinking. The company announced Tuesday that it would name major winter storms during the upcoming season.

"The fact is, a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation," the company said in its official announcement. "Winter storms occur on a time and space scale that is similar to tropical systems."

The company says that by naming storms, they will be easier to remember and refer to in the future and people will have an easier time getting word out about the storm on social media.


5K Walk/Run- One Step Closer to Freedom -- Bringing an End to Human Trafficking

Governor Malloy Announces October 13, 2012 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day
BRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- We are pleased to announce that Governor Dannel Malloy has proclaimed October 13, 2012 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In conjunction with this historic announcement, Hillside Community Church is partnering with Run For Freedom and sponsoring a 5K run/walk.

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome and will receive a t-shirt at registration. At the end of the race participants can stick around and enjoy snacks and beverages.
    5K Walk/Run Details---

    When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9 AM Start

    Where: Rockwell Park, Bristol, Conn.
The entry fee is $22.00 before the event and $25.00 the day of the event. Register online at www.HillsideBristol.org

Contact: Jason Jakum,
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New Billboard Campaign Exposes How Abortion Takes the Place of Fathers

HAMPTON ROADS, Va., Oct. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Radiance Foundation, in partnership with the Virginia Coalition for Life, has launched a wide-scale TooManyAborted.com billboard campaign in Hampton Roads, Virginia, with the messaging: "Fatherhood Begins in the Womb." Twenty billboards and over one hundred bus and light rail posters have been placed throughout the region to raise awareness of the impact of fatherlessness on (born and unborn) children. The pro-family, pro-adoption initiative challenges the culture of abandonment and death that Roe v. Wade has fostered since 1973.

In the early 60s politicians raised the alarm about a 25% fatherlessness rate in the black community. Today, 41% of all U.S. children are born to unmarried women: 35.7% of white children and an astounding 72.3% of black children. Children who grow up in single female-led homes are 5 times more likely to live in poverty. Out of the 1.21 million annual U.S. abortions, 84% are among unmarried women. This is a nationwide crisis. Abortion and poverty have taken the place of fathers.

Infant mortality is nearly 2 times higher among father absent homes. Yet Planned Parenthood of Southeast Virginia (PPSEV) distorted black infant mortality rates to get approval from the Virginia Department of Health for an expansion to their Virginia Beach abortion center. The request was publicly rejected, then approved behind closed doors. PPSEV falsely claims their new medical addition will be used mostly for "urinary incontinence procedures." Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, points out the absurdity: "Planned Parenthood isn't in the business of doing 'urinary incontinence procedures'. Abortion is what they do. Using 43 black infant deaths to justify causing more deaths is despicable."

Bomberger, who is black, is an adoptee, adoptive father and Emmy® award-winning creative professional. "We need efforts that uplift the family, encourage responsibility and actually reduce the unintended pregnancy rate. Planned Parenthood has grossly failed at this core Title-X function by not budging the national unintended pregnancy rate since 1995, despite receiving half a billion taxpayer dollars annually."

Star Parker, syndicated columnist and President of C.U.R.E. (Center for Urban Renewal & Education), adds: "Planned Parenthood has injected its venom into urban America for decades. TooManyAborted.com exposes how they've left our inner-cities fatherless and made abortion the number one killer of black Americans."

The Radiance Foundation is a life-affirming nonprofit, based in Virginia. Through public awareness campaigns, national speaking engagements and community outreach efforts, they emphasize the intrinsic value every individual possesses.

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22 Arrested in Front of White House on Saturday Standing for Religious Freedom -- More Expected at 4 PM Today, Sunday

Large "Stand up for Religious Freedom" Rally and praying the Rosary to be held across from the White House on Sunday, September 30 as part of Actsfive29
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- A Religious Freedom Rally and Rosary Service are being held in response to President Obama's HHS Mandate which forces people of faith and conscience to violate their core beliefs and values.
The Rosary Service is expected to draw over 1,000 people, it will be held in Lafayette Park at noon on Sunday, September 30, and is being led by Father Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life.
The Rosary service will highlight the importance of the Catholic voting bloc in the Presidential election.
The "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" Rally is part of a national event which is being held in over 105 cities across the nation to speak out against the HHS Mandate. (Go to Standupforeligiousfreedom.com)
There will also be arrests in front of the White House at 4:00 P.M. as people of faith and conscience tell President Obama they cannot comply with an immoral and unjust mandate.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:

    "For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom. As people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.
    "We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in jail that to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom."
    The speakers at the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally include:

      Father Frank Pavone: National Director of Priests for Life
      Brandi Swindell: Founder and President of Stanton Healthcare
      Lila Rose: President of Live Action
      Rev. Rob Schenck: President of the National Clergy Council
      Rev. Bryan Fischer: Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association
      Kristina Garza: Campus Outreach Director for Survivors
      Father Marcel Guarnizo
      Bryan Kemper: National Youth Director for Priests for Life
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