Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Religious Freedoms - 3152 - 30,000 Attend Texas Governor's Prayer Rally - Citizen Link (2) Vacation Liberty School Teaches Kids About America's Faith, Politics and Founding Values - The Blaze (3) Update: Charges Dropped Against Prayer and Pledge-Defending Court Clerk - The Blaze

More than 30,000 people turned out to pray for the nation Aug. 6 at a day-long rally conceived of and hosted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as untold numbers joined in at 1,000 churches nationwide hosting simulcasts of the event.  Perry, who is expected to throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination later this month, drew fire from the Left for announcing the event through his state office, but kept the focus off himself during his 13 minutes on stage.  “He’s a wise, wise God,” Perry said. “He’s wise enough to not be affiliated with any political party. He’s calling all Americans, of all walks of life, to seek Him, to return to Him, to experience His love and His grace and His acceptance.”  “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” was an apolitical worship service, but analysts say it touched on themes Perry is likely to include in his platform — debt, terrorism and natural disasters.  The massive turnout far exceeded organizers’ expectations. Only 8,000 people registered, but two and a half hours after opening the doors at Houston’s Reliant Stadium — a 71,000-seat facility — organizers were forced to open the upper decks to accommodate the people streaming in.  Read more........


Vacation Liberty School Teaches Kids About America's Faith, Politics and Founding Values - The Blaze - What happens when vacation Bible school, a U.S. history course and a Tea Party rally collide? The result is Vacation Liberty School, a volunteer-run, summer program for kids between the ages of 10 and 15.  The five-day, educational experience offers talks, skits and a variety of activities that focus on American history and the nation’s founding. Held in local churches across the nation, the schools run for about three hours per day and are mostly free (aside from some nominal fees).  According to Courier-Journal.com, kids learn lessons that include: “understanding false extensions of separation of church and state,” “faith’s role in the Revolutionary War” and “avoiding the enslavement of debt,” among others. Below, watch more information about this intriguing educational experience, centered around one such school in Danville, KY:  Read more.......

Update: Charges Dropped Against Prayer and Pledge-Defending Court Clerk - The Blaze - In New Boston, Texas, a very public debate between Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy and County Clerk Natalie Nichols over prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance has finally been settled.  Last week, The Blaze reported on the local controversy, which quickly made its way onto the national stage. Allow me to recap.  Before the court begins its official business each day, it recites the Pledge of Allegiance and says a prayer. Despite this regular occurrence, Judge Lacy has purportedly sought to exclude prayer and pledge recitations from the official record of proceedings.  As a number of outlets have reported, Nichols disagreed with Judge Lacy‘s stance and she refused to erase the pledge and the prayer from the meeting’s minutes (after all, they occurred and she contended that they should be reflected in official records). During a meeting that surrounded this subject, the situation between the two parties became heated.  Read more.........


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