Pray For: Believers in Turkey

(Pray for Believers in Turkey During the Prolonged State of Emergency)

The Turkish government has extended its state of emergency for an additional 90 days, raising concerns of citizens throughout the country. The state of emergency was ordered in July, after 270 people were killed in a failed coup attempt. Police officers stand guard during church services for the protection of worshipers, but many believers are intimidated by their presence and church attendance has dropped. The state of emergency also prevents church leaders from reaching out to people in the streets as they once did. Please pray that the Lord will strengthen churches and the faith of church leaders in Turkey.


Katie Couric: Let’s talk about Hobby Lobby. Your 35-page dissent has been described as “blistering” and “scathing”. Why did you find this decision so disturbing?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The decision that an employer could refuse to cover contraceptives meant that women would have to take care of that for themselves, or the men who care. Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to to control her own destiny. I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners. On the other hand, they have no right to force that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women who work for them who don’t hold that belief. I have never seen the free exercise of religion clause interpreted in such a way.

Couric: Some people say there’s something troubling about mandating a private company to do something against their deeply held religious beliefs. What would you say to those people?

Ginsburg: When you’re part of a society, you can’t separate yourself from the obligations that citizens have.

Read the full interview here


More R.B.G. greatness

Seperation of Church and State: I don't think it means what you think it means.

What it means: The government cannot force you to adhere to a certain religion, or any religion at all. 

What it doesn’t mean: The government can waltz in and take away your religious freedom because it’s making other people uncomfortable. 

“The term anarchy comes from the Greek, and essentially means ‘no ruler.’ Anarchists are people who reject all forms of government or coercive authority, all forms of hierarchy and domination. They are therefore opposed to what the Mexican anarchist Flores Magon called the ‘sombre trinity’ – state, capital and the church. Anarchists are thus opposed to both capitalism and to the state, as well as to all forms of religious authority. But anarchists also seek to establish or bring about by varying means, a condition of anarchy, that is, a decentralised society without coercive institutions, a society organised through a federation of voluntary associations.”

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected a bid by American Atheists Inc. to remove the famed cross-shaped steel beams that survived the 9/11 attacks from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The federal appeals panel sided with Manhattan federal Judge Deborah Batts’ ruling last year that the relic’s historical importance outweighs potential concerns over issues of separation of church and state.