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The 1st Annual 'Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival' is Coming to Lancaster California

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:00
Contact: Andrea Wilson, 818-561-0440, [email protected]; [email protected] LANCASTER, Calif., July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Total Deliverance Church, the fastest growing church in the Antelope Valley announces the first inception of the Antelope Valley Praise in the Park Festival event which will take place on Saturday August 30, 2014 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the American Heroes Park located at 701 W Kettering Avenue Downtown Lancaster, CA. With the association of RKD Source: RKD Music Management

Christianity Today Highlights Millennial Faith with '33 Under 33'

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00
Contact: Wes Jakacki, 630-260-6200 ext. 4320, [email protected] CAROL STREAM, Ill., July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the midst of increasingly dire reports and commentary over the Millennial generation's departure from institutionalized faith, Christianity Today magazine recently published a list of "33 under 33" as the cover story of their July/August issue, highlighting 33 Millennials leading the Christian faith. A Millennial herself, Christianity Today's Managi Source: Christianity Today

Co-Director of 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Launches a Purpose-Driven Film Workshop for Christians

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:10
Contact: Michael Snyder, 540-338-8023; George Escobar, 540-751-1021, [email protected] WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Following the successful theatrical release of ALONE YET NOT ALONE, George Escobar, co-director/co-writer of the Oscar-nominated (for best song) faith drama will host an extensive two-day film training workshop, June 19-20, 2015. Escobar, co-founder of Advent Film Group, is offering a 50% discount for early registrations. "We're launching this p Source: Advent Film Group

Manifest Destiny: The Path Towards Wisdom

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:05
Jefferson City, MO. - Manifest Destiny: The Path Towards Wisdom by Dr. Jamere Brown Spencer reveals hope, purpose and identity through a powerful testimony of his life that led him to victory in finding his own purpose and destiny in the Kingdom of God. He uses these experiences, along with historical events that relate the unfolding of destiny, such as the Underground Railroad and the march on Washington D.C. in 1963 that also reveal deep spiritual truths. As an author, minister and theologi Source: MereJay

Churches for Life Announces Third Annual Nationwide Fast and Feast

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:00
Designed to Equip Christians Use Spiritual Weapons to Fight Spiritual Battles in the Life Arena Contact: Pastor Doug Merkey, President, Churches for Life, 314-267-4238, [email protected] ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On July 25 and 26, 2014, Churches for Life [CFL] will help Christians pick up the spiritual weapons of fasting and prayer in its third annual Fast and Feast. Using tried-and-true resources, the ministry is planning to expand parti Source: Churches for Life

True Story of Sam Childers, the 'Real Machine Gun Preacher' to Raise One Million Dollars to Help Children of South Sudan in Current Civil War

Christian Newswire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
The Machine Gun Preacher Documentary will be released on July 1, 2014 by Vision Films, Inc. Contact: Cherry Hepburn, 818-783-4071, [email protected] LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Vision Films, Inc. is proud to announce the release of The Machine Gun Preacher Documentary, directed by Kevin Evans and Zac Simpson and produced by Angels of East Africa. The Machine Gun Preacher Documentary will debut on local cable satellite and Telco VOD providers through iNDemand Source: Putnam & Smith

A Win for Religious Freedom!

Citizen Link - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:05

EchoLight Studios' Religious Freedom Docudrama Set to Release After Hobby Lobby Victory

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:17
"One Generation Away" explores ongoing tension and suppression of religious issues in America   Contact: Heidi McDow, A. Larry Ross Communications, 972-267-1111, [email protected]    NASHVILLE, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- EchoLight Studios, a faith and family film studio and distributor, is releasing "One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty," a docudrama that explores several current state and federal court cases, including Sebel Source: A Larry Ross Communications

Video: CitizenLink — A Quick Look at the Hobby Lobby Decision

Citizen Link - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 18:46

The Supreme Court says Christian families that own companies still have First Amendment rights. Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family, offers a first look at the decision.

Pro-Life Leaders Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision

Citizen Link - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 17:51

Pro-life leaders rejoiced at the Supreme Court decision affirming religious freedom:

“In holding that the HHS mandate is unlawful, we reject HHS’s argument that the owners of the companies for­feited all RFRA protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprie­torships or general partnerships.”
—Justice Alito

 “These families’ stand for freedom benefits the many faith-based businesses faced with the same awful choice of deciding between their faith and livelihood. It also vindicates a higher principle, showing that government must tread carefully when it seeks to impose policies contrary to our most cherished rights.”
Focus on the Family President Jim Daly

“We thank the courageous Hahn and Green families for standing strong. They have had to endure the abuse of the radical abortion lobby and others who say they respect diversity but, in fact, endorse and impose conformity. Their message that women want free abortifacient drugs – and that they value these drugs above religious liberty – is demeaning to all American women and will be rejected by voters nationwide this fall, Americans of faith and conscience have been vindicated and this will be a galvanizing moment for the vast majority of citizens who vehemently objected to this mandate and the elected leaders who thrust it upon us.”
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser

“I am proud that our Supreme Court has upheld the fundamental religious liberties of American citizens to engage in the free exercise of their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their day to day lives, in business as well as at home,” “Our Justices have affirmed that Americans must not be compelled to put aside their religious beliefs and values as a pre-condition to their entering into the sphere of commerce and making a living for themselves and their families.”
—Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society

“Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision. Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles. The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey.”
Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby

“We in the Hahn family want to thank everyone who supported us during this lawsuit. We wholeheartedly affirm what the Supreme Court made clear today – that Americans don’t have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business. As I said at the beginning of this lawsuit, this effort wasn’t just for Conestoga. We took this stand for others as well. The administration has gone too far in disrespecting the freedom of Americans to live out their convictions.”
Conestoga Wood Specialties President and CEO Anthony Hahn

“Hobby Lobby [and Conestoga Wood Specialities] refused to render to Caesar what belongs to God: their consciences. The Supreme Court agreed.”
—Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

“This is a much-needed victory for faith freedoms, because this administration continues its assault on the values of the faith community. We are witnessing increasing attempts by the government to coerce the faith community to adopt the government’s viewpoint in matters of conscience.”
David Stevens, CEO of Christian Medical Association

“Today’s decision is a strong rejection of the Obama’s administration’s faulty argument that Americans’ religious freedom ends when they open a family business. The government cannot unreasonably force Americans to set aside their beliefs simply because they go into business to provide for themselves, their families, and their employees.”
The Heritage Foundation’s Religious Liberty Policy Analyst Sarah Torre and Senior Legal Policy Analyst Elizabeth Slattery

“Today’s decision is a victory for common-sense as pro-life Americans do not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they open a family business or when they value unborn life.”
—Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest

Freedom is the Ultimate Winner in Conestoga Wood and Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

Citizen Link - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 17:03

CitizenLink is proud to work with the Pennsylvania Family Instituteand other family policy organizations across the country to stand for marriage, life and religious freedom. Learn more about the one in your state. 

Liberty in America was affirmed and protected today as the United States Supreme Court sided with advocates for First Amendment freedoms, and rejected government overreach into the lives of those who own and operate businesses.

Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI) congratulates the Hahn Family, old-order Mennonites from Lancaster County and the founders and owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, who challenged the federal government’s contraceptive drug coverage mandate.

“The Hahns made it very clear from the start being forced to provide employee coverage for drugs that can cause an abortion would be a severe violation of their religious faith and conscience,” said Michael Geer, PFI President. “Today’s ruling will permit them to continue to operate their company, continue to provide and care well for their employees, and also maintain the rights of conscience and religious freedom that brought their ancestors to our shores,” added Geer.

Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Independence Law Center initiated the case on behalf of the Hahn family and Conestoga Wood Specialties in December 2012.  Despite losses at the Federal District and Appeals Court levels, the Hahns stayed the course, understanding the significant liberty issues that were at stake.

At the Appeals court level, attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom joined with the Independence Law Center in supporting Conestoga Wood. At the Supreme Court, the case was combined with a similar challenge brought by Hobby Lobby, and attorneys from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty engaged on behalf of both parties.

The Pennsylvania Family Institute applauds the excellent teamwork and cooperation among the families, companies, organizations and attorneys that brought about today’s decision which affirms and protects our most precious liberties.

“We thank the many friends and supporters of Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Independence Law Center for their prayers and financial support that enables us to vigorously defend liberty,” said Michael Geer.  “Your involvement and generosity was key to today’s win and will enable our continued vigilance on behalf of freedom.”
by the Pennsylvania Family Institute

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Family Institute of Connecticut to Hold Victory for Religious Freedom Rally Tonight in Hartford

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:14
Contact: Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director, Family Institute of Connecticut, 860-548-0066   HARTFORD, Conn., June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family Institute of Connecticut will host a Victory for Religious Freedom Rally tonight, Thursday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the step Capitol in Hartford, overlooking Bushnell Park. State residents will join together to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood decisions.   Source: Family Institute of Connecticut

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer Applauds Supreme Court's Decision on Contraceptive Mandate, Decries Government's War on Women's Health

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:52
Contact: Karen Malec, Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, 847-421-4000   HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision involving ObamaCare's contraceptive mandate. The decision favors the religious freedom rights of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation and their owners.   The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer was one of several organizations represented b Source: Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

Foundation for Moral Law Rejoicing After Hobby Lobby Ruling

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:52
Contact: John Eidsmoe, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245 MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal foundation dedicated to the protection of constitutional liberties, lauds the Supreme Court for today's 5-4 ruling that closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby cannot be compelled to fund insurance mandates that include abortion or birth control in violation of their religious beliefs. Source: Foundation For Moral Law

United States Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty against HHS Abortion Pill Mandate

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:37
Thomas More Society says victory sets clear precedent Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations, 312.422.1333, [email protected] CHICAGO, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the religious liberty rights of pro-life family business owners, striking down the application of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate to their businesses. The Supreme Court held that the Abortion Pill mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Source: TC Public Relations

Attorneys for Religious Owners of Private Closely-Held Companies in Chicago Applaud Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:24
Civil Rights Attorneys for Religious Owners of Private Closely-Held Companies in Chicago, Triune Health Group and Ozinga Bros., Who Object to Being Forced by the Federal Government's Obamacare Regulations to Provide Health Care Coverage for Abortifacients, Sterilization, or Contraception Applaud Today's U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision Striking Down these Regulations as Violative of Their Clients' Rights under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act   Contact: Samuel B. Ca Source: Jubilee Campaign

Judicial Watch Favorably Reacts to Supreme Court's Decision on HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:14
Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188   WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement today in response to the United States Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" holding that the contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, is unlawful. The five-four decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, sided with family-run businesses that regard some forms of contraception, especially those th Source: Judicial Watch

Pro-Life Youth at Hobby Lobby Celebrate Religious Freedom as Supreme Court Announces Decision

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:35
This is the most important religious freedom and First Amendment case to be decided by the Supreme Court in decades. Contact: Kristina Garza, Director of Campus Outreach, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, 951-750-1114 or [email protected]    ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif., June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Scores of pro-life youth gather at Hobby Lobby to celebrate religious freedom as the Supreme Court announces historic HHS Mandate decision.    Photo: Pro-life group & Source: Survivors

Chicago Rally Today Celebrates Hobby Lobby Religious Freedom Ruling

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:56
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Overturns Obamacare HHS Mandate Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333, [email protected] CHICAGO, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally details announced: WHAT: Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally WHO: Citizens who cherish religious liberty and oppose the HHS contraceptive mandate Source: TC Public Relations

Supreme Court Hands Hobby Lobby, Religious Freedom a Victory

Christian Newswire - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:55
Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, [email protected]       WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme issued a 5-4 ruling to day in support of Hobby Lobby's objections to being forced to pay for abortion and contraception through Obamacare. The Court ruled that closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby, are exempt the Obamacare mandates t Source: Operation Rescue