Lodi joins three California cities ruling for prayer

Lodi prayer city councilTo me, nonsectarian prayer is like a banquet without food. You want the Lord’s blessings on your deliberations. That’s the real issue here. — Terry Thompson, speaker during open discussion

LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER

Lodi joins 3 cities ruling for prayer, against atheists’ legal threat

The Lodi City Council voted 5-0 last night to allow uncensored prayer before meetings that avoided favoring any religion.

The motion by Mayor Larry Hansen declared that the council under the policy would encourage participation from diverse religious representatives and from non-religious groups … READ FULL STORY

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

‘California, Stand Up for Jesus’ rally set for Lodi

The Lodi City Council in Northern California is considering a vote to ban use of the name ‘Jesus’ from public prayers offered before city council meetings as the result of an atheist group’s lawsuit threat.

PRESS RELEASE

Lodi Mayor Larry D. Hansen fears a lawsuit by atheist groups if he doesn’t silence Christian prayers, and has requested to hear your public opinion. The clerk and city council members have scheduled a public debate (and possibly a vote) on Aug. 5.

Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt of The Pray in Jesus Name Project is the organizer of a prayer event/rally on the day of the public hearing.
Pray in Jesus Name Chaplain leader
The prayer rally is scheduled for outside on the Carnegie Forum steps at 6pm, Wednesday, 5 August 2009, before debate at 7 pm. Klingenschmitt will lead the rally with many California pastors. (Pastors please call “Chaps” right now at 719-360-5132.)

Pastor Everett Robinson of The Will Of God Christian Center will lead coordination efforts on the ground. (Bus coordinators and volunteers please call Pastor Robinson at 707-333-1282.)

Carnegie Forum is located at 305 W. Pine Street. Zip code: 95240

Take action nation-wide! Sign the online petition, receive email updates and alerts (optional): http://tinyurl.com/JesusPetitionLodi

“California, it’s time to take a stand for Jesus.” — Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt (“Chaps”)

Contact: Chaplain Klingenschmitt, 719-360-5132, chaplaingate@yahoo.com; Pastor Everett Robinson, 707-333-1282, ambassadorev@yahoo.com

Photo: Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt at White House.

Press release available on ChristianNewsWire.

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