NY’s Stony Brook University Will No Longer Observe Jewish, Christian Holidays

Stony Brook says by ending a practice that “honors only some religions,” it is aligning itself with other major research universities and leveling the playing field.

“We believe this provides two essential things – a sound educational calendar and at the same time an equal level of respect for all religions and faiths,” said Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Charles Robbins, according to New York-based newspaper Newsday.

NY University Will No Longer Observe Jewish, Christian Holidays FULL STORY: http://www.christianpost.com/news/ny-university-will-no-longer-observe-jewish-christian-holidays-71976/

NEWS ALERT: John 3:16 Valentine’s Day Messages Confiscated by Elementary School

Second-grader Dexter Thielhelm, a student at James Madison Elementary School in Sheboygan, Wis., was sent to school on Valentine’s Day with homemade valentines to pass out to his classmates. Each valentine consisted of a plastic water bottle that was filled with heart-shaped candy and came with a note that said “Jesus Loves You” and had the text of John 3:16 printed on it.

FULL STORY: http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-316-valentines-day-messages-confiscated-by-elementary-school-69875/

Lodi still a battleground for prayer warrior chaplain

LODI, Calif. — One prayer rally later, former Navy Chaplain Gordon Kligenschmitt plans a second assault on the Lodi City Council’s hold and possible ban on using the name of Jesus before city meetings.

Buckling under the pressure from an atheists group, this Northern California city’s council is considering a resolution that would ban the mention of Jesus and other specific religions in prayers before city meetings. In May, the Lodi City Council received a letter from the non-profit Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatening a lawsuit.

The atheistic group watched 55 invocations online from 2007 to the May 6 council meeting and found that 39 had a reference to Jesus Christ. The group argues that specific mentions of the word “Christ” are a violation of the city’s own policy.

Kligenschmitt’s rally in support of the freedom to use Jesus name in public prayer drew 400 supporters to the steps of Lodi’s city hall earlier this month. About a dozen “separation rally” supporters showed up to oppose prayer at city council meetings.

A debate and possible final vote on the matter is scheduled for September 30, and Kligenschmitt, through an internet campaign, is inviting everyone to attend.

In his Facebook group, Lodi City Council Vote To Ban Jesus Prayers, Kligenschmitt posts:

CALIFORNIA, STAND UP FOR JESUS (again)!

We had the rally. Now let’s attend the final city council meeting on 30 Sep 09, Wednesday at 7pm, where the Lodi City Council will DEBATE AND POSSIBLY VOTE TO BAN THE NAME OF JESUS from public prayers.

Under pressure from atheists, and threat of lawsuit, the city council needs to hear from voters who love Jesus, who demand they protect our right to free speech, rather than censor our pastors’ prayers.

PLEASE INVITE EVERY CHRISTIAN IN CALIFORNIA–>

Join many Christians (bring your pastor!) and let’s take a stand for Jesus, and defend our freedom to pray publicly “in Jesus name.” (And bring your church van full of people!) …

IT’S FREE TO STAND UP FOR JESUS,
but costly if we fail to act.

See you on 30 September in Lodi, at the Hutchins Street Square.

CALIFORNIA, STAND UP FOR JESUS!

Prior media coverage, the petition, and more information can be found on the Pray In Jesus Name Project Website’s page dedicated to the Lodi issue.

Please read the LA Church & State Examiner!

Lodi: Facebook Users Rally For God

“We hope that pastors from all over California will bring their church buses, their people to simply pray in Jesus’ name.” — Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt.

Jamie Soriano of FOX40 News reports:

LODI – It’s a tradition the Lodi City Council has had for decades. It starts each meeting with a prayer which often calls on Jesus.

“This whole issue has taken on a life of its own,” said Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen.

Groups advocating the separation of church and state are calling on the city council to ban prayer from its meetings. Now that debate has hit the internet on sites like Facebook.

“Facebook has been very helpful because it attracts the young people. We want young people who are full of energy who love Jesus,” said Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt of Colorado Springs. He’s organizing a rally ahead of next week’s council meeting and is spreading the word via Facebook. …more

Pentagon Bible Verses: Words of Mass Distribution?

Pentagon briefings during the U.S.-Iraq war during the time of Donald Rumsfeld included cover sheets that “juxtaposed war images with inspirational Bible quotes,” according to a GQ magazine online report.

The GQ story includes a slide show with a series of photos and Bible verses. One “top secret” cover shows photos of soldiers praying and in action on the sands of Iraq and overlaid with the Isaiah 5:28 verse: “Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.”

READ MORE: LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE

National Day of Prayer: Words and Images

Headlines, stories, quotes, and photos from around the nation

Obama Sits Out National Day of Prayer as Millions Pray for Him

CAPITOL HILL (CNSNews.com) — A caucus room in a House of Representatives office buidling was transformed into a place of worship on Thursday, as people in the nation’s capital joined with millions of others Americans across the country to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Members of Congress, religious and military leaders, and ordinary citizens prayed for the nation and for those who lead it, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden – neither of whom made any public appearance or speech to mark the occasion.

Obama issued a proclamation marking the day on Thursday afternoon, which is required by federal law…
Man prays in Detroit
“It comforts me to no end to know that it isn’t any human being, it is the Lord that has the government on his shoulder,” Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said. “All things are possible. He is our true hope. He is the light of the world and in these uncertain times, it is a comfort when Scripture tells us, ‘I am God.’” full story

A time for hope: National Day of Prayer marked at Michigan Capitol

Praying on Capitol steps

LANSING, Mich.
(LSJ.com) — Congregations from 45 Lansing-area churches gathered in front of the Capitol on Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer.

“People need hope,” said Stephanie Butler, Lansing Partnerships coordinator for Trinity Church and event organizer. “God is real. He is here and he is listening. We believe that as we come together to pray, God will heal our troubles.” full story

Dobson regrets Obama’s snub of prayer ceremonies

CAPITOL HILL
(AP) — After attending the Capitol observance, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson said that since Obama welcomes athletic champions to the White House, it would seem appropriate to give more recognition to prayer as past presidents have done.

“We will not be disrespectful of him because of the office — and we do pray for him,” Dobson stated. “But I do regret his lack of emphasis on the foundation of prayer, on which this country was based.”
full story

Where’s the National Prayer Day?
Bainbridge National Day of Prayer

BAINBRIDGE, Georgia (BainbridgeGA.com) — First, President Barrack Obama abandoned the traditional National Prayer Day observance at the White House, then local ladies found the same situation in Bainbridge…

This year, instead of church leaders offering prayers and mobilizing the community on National Prayer Day, only a small group of about a dozen women arrived at Willis Park, but found no one else there.

For many years, clergy and the community have gathered in Willis Park on the first Thursday of May, at noon, for the observance.

The ladies did not turn and leave, however. They gathered together and offered thanks for the freedom to pray in public and to repent the nation’s sins… full story

WH Release: President signs Prayer Day Proclamation

obama prayer proclamation

…Let us also use this day to come together in a moment of peace and goodwill. Our world grows smaller by the day, and our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife; and to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. As we observe this day of prayer, we remember the one law that binds all great religions together: the Golden Rule, and its call to love one another; to understand one another; and to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth… full proclamation

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE: PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON WENT PUBLIC WITH PRAYER

George Washington went public with prayer

George Washington
While President Barack Obama plans to commemorate the National Day of Prayer with private prayer and a public reading of the proclamation for the day, one president didn’t mince words when it came to the need for prayer….

LA CHURCH & STATE EXCLUSIVE

This just in…prayer in Hollywood!