During the month of May, the National Center for Life and Liberty continued to fight for the rights of churches and individuals who desire to exercise their religious liberties. As we all know, these liberties are under attack by those who desire to remove the name of Christ from all public places, including our courts and schools. This effort to eliminate the name of Christ is rooted in the desire to prevent moral absolutes from guiding our society. As it says in Scripture, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” At the NCLL, we believe that the truths of Scripture guide all of life, including public policy. The fight to keep the name of Christ from being eradicated out of the public square is an important one that has a trickle-down effect on all of society.
The month of April has been a busy month, as David Gibbs III and Pastor Rudy Holland have traveled to eight different locations presenting Church Legal-Health Seminars. Our desire is for these seminars to equip churches to protect themselves for maximum ministry opportunity with minimum liability. With all of the changes in the laws on both the federal and state level, churches need to be more vigilant than ever in safeguarding against openings that leave their ministries vulnerable to attack.
Over the last several weeks, many of you, our NCLL supporters and friends, have had your mailboxes, inboxes, and voicemail boxes bombarded with calls, flyers, and emails from the presidential candidates and their campaign staffers. While every presidential election brings with it sweeping change in Washington and around the country, this one in particular is occurring at a pivotal time in America’s history. The sanctity of life, national security, individual security, religious liberty, immigration, the economy . . . every one of these issues is of tremendous importance to the future of America, and every one of these issues is at stake in this election. The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reinforces the gravity of this election, given that the next president will likely nominate up to four new justices to the Supreme Court.
While everyone in the country rushed around in mid-December buying and wrapping last-minute Christmas gifts, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered this man a job as Food Services Director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.