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National Day of Prayer – Update

I wrote you last week to inform you of the ruling by Ms. Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and therefore should not be recognized. Ms. Crabb was nominated to the Court by Jimmy Carter and has been serving since 1979. This judge is responding to a lawsuit that was filed two years ago by the atheist group, Freedom From Religion also based in Wisconsin, stating that the government should not be involved in any religious action or prayer. Of course, we know that anyone with even a limited knowledge of American History understands the importance of faith to our Nation. The values of faith and freedom for all people was indeed a core belief for the founders of America and this cannot be disputed with integrity.
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We Must Stand Up And Be Counted

This is a critical time in our Nation and we must stand up and be counted. President Obama says he will recognize the National Day of Prayer this year in spite of the ruling but that he would not be able to do so in the future if the appeal process fails.
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“In God We Trust” Doesn’t Violate Separation of Church and State

I’m very happy to celebrate with you another victory in the Courts of the United States. This time from the unlikely but important 9th Circuit in California. Most usually thought of as one of the most liberal courts in our Nation Judges from this Court voted 3-0 to uphold "In God We Trust" on coins and currency. Judge Carlos Bea also affirmed that the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "Under God" does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The Judge stated, "The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our republic was founded."
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Victory for Freedom – For Ministries and Tax Exempt Organizations

During the last week of February 2010 the Tarrant County Appraisal District (TAD) In Ft. Worth, Texas settled a dispute in favor of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Last year the TAD denied a request from Kenneth Copeland Ministries for religious exemption from certain property taxes mainly related to aircraft belonging to KCM. Part of the requirement for this exemption was a request for the names, positions and salaries of each of the ministries employees (nearly 600 persons). Although the director of the Appraisal District stated publicly that this requirement was not law and that he and his staff never read the documentation.
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