At the end of last year, you may have seen our report of how the city of Lincolnton, NC, attempted to coerce two pastors into silence from preaching publicly.
The city passed (and illegitimately enforced) two ordinances that violate both the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution—specifically our First Amendment rights to free speech and religion:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Lincolnton officials specifically (and unlawfully) targeted the peaceful, protected activities of Pastors Jeffrey and Jeremy Shook as they preached the Gospel outside a local festival. The Founding Fathers valued (and specifically guarded) the rights of citizens like these faithful preachers.
However, city police issued “City Ordinance Ticket[s],” and city offices denied any recourse to contest the illegitimately issued tickets. Less than a month later, Lincolnton police illegitimately arrested Pastor Jeffrey for “willfully making any loud, raucous, or disturbing sound” when the brothers again peaceably preached the Gospel.
In defense of America’s rich tradition of open-air preaching, the National Center for Life and Liberty filed a complaint in federal court against the city and the specific participants. The city took no responsibility for its clear and egregious wrongdoing and repeatedly denied “each and every allegation.”
Please pray for justice for these faithful preachers and all the citizens of Lincolnton who are vulnerable to religious discrimination. Thank you for your financial support of this and other efforts to defend liberty and life for this and every generation.
Together we can educate government officials. With God’s help we will dissuade them from abusing their power and discriminating against the Christians they were elected and appointed to serve.
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Please pray the leaders who need this training will attend—and protect their flocks effectively. Please pray specifically for protection from last-minute distractions that would otherwise derail their attendance.
As Capt. Fiedor’s case moves forward in federal court, please pray his constitutional and civil rights to share his personal faith with others in the workplace will be affirmed. Please also pray that Kevin and his family will be made whole from this injustice on them.
As 2019 continues to unfold, thank you for faithfully praying on behalf of those facing injustice and loss and praising God for His mercies. “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” (James 5:13).
Thank you again for your prayerful partnership in defending life and liberty!