Today at In God We Trust
We have many activities on our agenda today, such as formulating our legislative goals, reading the comments that our supporters have sent to us and researching new material for our newsletter. In God We Trust is a busy office; check us out online.at www.ingodwetrustusa.org.
Petitions Delivered for “Pray in Jesus’ Name”
In God We Trust is continuing to collect nationwide petitions in favor of the “Pray in Jesus’ Name” bill.
Bishop Council Nedd, In God We Trust’s National Chairman, spent time with our dedicated volunteers to sort and prepare the petitions for delivery to Capitol Hill offices.
“Without the petitions from our supporters to provide the hard evidence, it would be easy for Members of Congress to look the other way,” said Nedd.
“Our petitions support the religious liberty of the brave men and women who wear our nation’s uniform and risk all to protect and serve our country,” he said.
Passing the “Pray in Jesus’ Name” Act remains In God We Trust’s number one legislative priority. This measure will ensure that none of our men and women in uniform – specifically the members of our chaplain corps – are asked to compromise their religious and spiritual beliefs because of a politician’s left-wing political agenda.
Receiving our supporters’ petitions allows In God We Trust to hold elected officials accountable to the will of the American people.
“The Obama Administration is on a crusade to drive God completely out of public life, and that includes the military,” said Nedd. “Our nation’s warriors deserve the right to ‘pray in Jesus’ name’ before heading onto the battlefield. We owe it to them to fight this fight.”
Controversial FEMA Rule Frustrates Religious Organizations
The Jewish Daily Forward reports that “separation of church and state” issues are barring many houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy from receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, but different interpretations of the regulation are calling that policy into question.
Officials at the Department of Homeland Security are unclear whether or not the Constitution’s prohibition on government aid to religious groups applies in the case of disaster aid. Some say that granting such aid may violate the First Amendment.
According to FEMA spokesman Ed Conley certain not-for-profit institutions that provide essential public services, such as schools or homeless shelters, are eligible for aid even if they are affiliated with a religious institution.
Complicating matters is the fact that if an applicant wishes for FEMA aid and assistance from the Small Business Administration, the applicant must file separate applications, but the FEMA application must be filed first as the SBA application requires a FEMA registration number.