NEW YORK — Barbara Green, the Christian co-founder of Hobby Lobby whose family won the landmark Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, case in the U.S. Supreme Court defending religious freedom last June, received The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Canterbury Medal during the firm's annual gala on Thursday and she declared "you can do a lot more than you think with God in your life" in accepting it.
The Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal recognized Green's courageous stance on religious beliefs as well as her strength as the public face of the family throughout two years of litigation, which ultimately resulted in Hobby Lobby's 2014 Supreme Court victory securing the religious liberty of closely held American family businesses. After accepting the fund's highest award, Green told the audience that her "heart is overflowing with blessing," but that the honor is not hers alone.
"I do want to clarify something — the decision was a family decision, to sue the Supreme Court," explained the Oklahoma City native. "We made it together. That means all the generations. … About 20 family members, and 12 of them are here tonight. We were united. I'm accepting this with great honor with them, I'm pretending they're up here on this stage right now." more >>
President Barack Obama is focusing his attention on religious liberty in this year's National Day of Prayer proclamation, stating that when "women and men of all backgrounds and beliefs" can "practice their faiths without fear or coercion, it bolsters our religious communities and helps to lift up diverse and vibrant societies throughout our world."
Obama's proclamation, which was issued the day before the national observance, went on to note that "we celebrate the religious liberty we cherish here at home, and we recommit to standing up for religious freedom around the world."
"Millions of individuals worldwide are subjected to discrimination, abuse, and sanctioned violence simply for exercising their religion or choosing not to claim a faith. Communities are threatened with genocide and driven from their homelands because of who they are or how they pray," continued the Obama in the emailed proclamation that was emailed to The Christian Post by the White House Press Office. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to back a path to "full and equal citizenship" for illegal immigrants, and has accused Republicans of treating illegals as "second class."
"This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistake, not a single Republican ... is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one," Clinton said during a campaign stop in Nevada on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. "When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status."
Clinton further said that she backs President Barack Obama's executive actions that allow some with an illegal status to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. The president has also sought to expand a program that protects people from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. more >>
President Barack Obama made his final appearance on the "The Late Show" with David Letterman on Monday, mixing comedy with talk on some serious issues, such as the riots that broke out last week in Baltimore. Obama said that African-Americans are angry at poverty and unemployment, but added that most Americans want to work together to solve these issues.
"What you have are pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education all across this country, and too often we ignore those pockets until something happens, and then we act surprised," Obama said of the broader problem behind the riots and burning of homes and businesses.
"There are cities across the country who work with police, clergy and others and say we want to get beyond the status quo, and I'm confident we can see improvement," he added. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
"As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra's cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival," Abedini' letter begins.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and the couple's two children in Boise, Idaho, said that the letter was obtained from a family member in Iran who visited the pastor in prison last week. more >>
Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
The Harvard Public Opinion Project's spring survey found that 57 percent of 18 to 29 year olds said they "support the U.S. sending ground troops to participate in a military campaign against ISIS;" while 40 percent of millennials polled said they oppose increasing military intervention.
The survey also reveals that in just one year, "support has grown by 10 percentage points for the U.S. to 'take the lead in solving international crises and conflicts,' (35 percent in March 2015; 25 percent in March 2014)." more >>