Money. There’s simply no way around the fact that it’s something every ministry has to deal with. Maintaining financial integrity with the money that flows through your ministry is truly foundational to your ministry’s very existence, as well as to the jobs and livelihoods of those you employ—not to mention your ministry's ability to reach your community for Christ.
The NCLL has been defending religious liberty in America’s public schools for many years. What is most distressing to us is the fact that so many Christian public school administrators refuse to allow appropriate religious expression in public schools out of fear of a backlash from one or two people or lawsuits by legal groups that are openly hostile to religion, particularly Christianity.
Along with all Americans who love freedom and revere our nation’s Constitution, the NCLL mourns the sudden death this weekend of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia to the court in 1986. As an “originalist” (one who believes the Constitution needs to be preserved as our Founders intended) and as a “textualist” (one who believes that courts should make rulings based on what the Constitution actually says, not what others might want it to say), “Nino,” as he was called by his many friends and admirers on both sides of America’s ideological divide, was a larger-than-life figure on the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia stood by his constitutional principles and refused to compromise, supporting his positions with his legal brilliance and indomitable but often scathing wit. His stalwart defense of America’s Constitution will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace.
Attys. David C. Gibbs III and Barbara Weller appeared at the Fourth Circuit Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, VA, yesterday for oral argument in a legislative prayer case in which the National Center for Life and Liberty has been defending Rowan County, North Carolina, since 2013. Appearing at court along with Gibbs and Weller were Rowan County Commission Chair Greg Edds, his wife, Kim, and half a dozen members of a “dream team” the NCLL had assembled for the occasion. Several members of the team have clerked for various Supreme Court justices, including Justices O’Connor and Scalia.