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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NAE UPDATE - July 2014

July 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom
On Monday the Supreme Court’s affirmed that Americans need not abandon their faith when they start a family business! The decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby  clarified that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects Americans of all faiths from government mandates that violate their conscience and religious beliefs. The NAE filed an amicus brief in the case. Thanks for your prayers and financial support to this end! (read our press release)

Humanitarian Aid and Pastoral Care for Unaccompanied Minors Needed
In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, NAE President Leith Anderson and other Christian leaders asked the administration for permission to provide humanitarian assistance and pastoral care at the detention centers for unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States from Central America.  (read the letter)

Letter to the President on Executive Order
In June, President Obama announced plans for an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from considering sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring decisions. The NAE met with White House officials to provide input, and leaders from a long list of organizations and denominations signed a letter asking for robust religious freedom protections in any executive order. If this is important to you, call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell them you support strong religious freedom protections for any LGBT executive order.  (read the letter)

No More Land Mines
The NAE welcomes the pledge by State Department officials on Friday that the United States will no longer manufacture or purchase land mines, and will “diligently pursu(e) solutions that would be compliant with and that would ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention.”  (read our press release)

NAE to Reid: Support Smarter Sentencing
NAE Vice President Galen Carey joined with a unique group of advocates, including Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, to urge Senator Harry Reid to advance the Smarter Sentencing Act. The SSA would reduce harsh mandatory minimum sentences for low level drug offenders and is an important step in the reform of our broken criminal justice system.  (read the letter)

5th Birthday & Beyond
Over the past 25 years, the United States has played a leading role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories: unprecedented progress to prevent the deaths of millions of children. The NAE joined with others to celebrate this success through a social media campaign (#5thbday) and a reception on Capitol Hill. (learn more)

Member Spotlight: Assemblies of God
Congratulations to the Assemblies of God for its first 100 years of ministry! Leaders from around the world will gather in Springfield, Mo., next month to celebrate the first 100 years and launch the next 100 years. The denomination's Fine Arts Festival and Global Church Planting Summit will immediately precede the full gathering. Follow the events on social media at  #ag100(learn more)

Article Spotlight: Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy
New York Times – For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are a tiny minority on the liberal arts college campus, but they have been a part of the school’s community, gathering in the chapel, the dining center, the dorms.  (read more)

Event Spotlight: CCDA Conference
The Christian Community Development Association's annual conference will be in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 24-27. The conference draws more than 2,500 people from around the world to share best practices of Christian community development. (learn more)

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