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13 Christians Who Risked Everything to Defend Biblical Truth

13 Christians Who Risked Everything to Defend Biblical Truth

Ryan Bomberger speaks at OneVoiceDC on January 21, 2015. | (Photo: Aaron Wong/Capital Life Church)

Ryan Bomberger

Bomberger, who is a product of his biological mother choosing to proceed with her pregnancy after being raped, was blessed to have been adopted by very loving and caring parents.

As Bomberger got older, he became upset by the large number of abortions in the black community, claiming that African-American babies are five times more likely to die from abortion.

Bomberger started a pro-adoption campaign called the Radiance Foundation and initially placed 80 pro-life billboards around the Atlanta area.

The NAACP went on the attack, accusing Bomberger, who is black, and his group of being racists. The NAACP also accused him of trying to create the impression that "Planned Parenthood kills black babies," and filed a lawsuit against him.

"God was giving me an opportunity to take a stand for life by showing what had become of a once-great organization that fought for the rights of black Americans," Bomberger was quoted as saying.

Sarah Crank

In 2012, a 14-year-old Crank testified before the Maryland Senate in opposition to a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. She told the largely liberal legislative body that it is important for every child to have access to a mother and father. She added that gay marriage would put more children in danger of growing up without a balanced family life.

"I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender," she told the senators. "Even though some kids think it's fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on."

Following the testimony, Crank was ridiculed by many LGBT activists and became the victim of extreme cyber bullying. One comment from YouTube stated: "If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That's a promise."

Valedictorian Roy Costner of Liberty High School in Pickens County, South Carolina tears up his pre-approved graduation speech and recites the Lord's Prayer at his graduation ceremony on June 1, 2013. | (Photo: Screenshot/Brian Dismuke's YouTube video)

Roy Costner IV

Atheists groups throughout the United States have been steadfast and largely successful in their attempts to use the courts to silence prayer in public schools.

When Pickens County High School in Liberty, South Carolina, was pressured by a local atheist organization to ban student speakers from offering references to God in their commencement speeches, Costner, the school's 2013 class valedictorian, ripped up his pre-approved speech and boldly recited the Lord's Prayer instead.

"I'm so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age," Costner told the commencement audience. "And I think most of you will understand when I say … 'Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name …'"

Rebekah Richardson

After the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that a Texas high school's cheerleaders were violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by writing Bible verses on football game banners, the school banned them from writing the verses because they felt the cheerleaders were representatives of the school and could not exercise their personal freedom of religion.

Despite the ban on Bible verses on banners, the cheerleaders continued to include the Scriptures.

Led by Rebekah Richardson, the team of cheerleaders took the Kountze Independent School District to court and charged that it had violated their rights to free speech.

Although a Texas district judge ruled that the school had violated the students' free speech rights by banning Bible verses from banners, the case has progressed all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, where a ruling has yet to be decided.

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