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May 23, 2005

The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act

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There is an epidemic in our houses of worship, and it is already having serious repercussions on every church-going person in the nation.

Since 1954, courts have effectively prevented pastors from addressing their congregations on the critical moral, spiritual, and political issues of the day.

It was in 1954 that then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson passed legislation giving the IRS the power to "muzzle" free speech in our houses of worship. Today, lawyers and judges are using this law to stop religious leaders from taking a stand on any number of issues.

With your help, that can change...

++ Removing the "Gag Order"

Right now there is a move underway in Congress to lift this "gag order" from our religious leaders. The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act (H.R. 235) introduced by Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), restores religious free exercise and free speech rights of churches and pastors by removing the threat of IRS retribution.

This is a timely piece of legislation and deserves the attention of every Christian in America. Together, we must move with one voice to inform our religious leaders--encouraging them to support the removal of this decades-old muzzle!

Over the next 30 days, I am calling on every member of our online team to support this initiative by signing our "Houses of Worship" petition:


Just as soon as we reach our goal of 150,000 petitions, I will present them to both Rep. Walter B. Jones, and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert--specifically urging him to make H.R. 235 a high priority!

So please, after adding your name to be included in this upcoming presentation, pass this message on to your friends, family, and fellow church members, urging them to join with you to lift the muzzle from the mouths of our religious leaders, by clicking here:


To reach our 150,000 goal, I need you to be in the trenches rallying the critical signatures we need to make the kind of impact that gets attention.

Thank you for helping the Center lead the charge to remove the restraints that are holding back our religious leaders!

Dr. Gary Cass Executive Director Center for Reclaiming America for Christ

P.S. The climate is right for our pulpits to once again boldly proclaim God's wisdom on the critical issues facing our nation. Please pass this message on to at least 20-30 of your friends today, urging them to take immediate action by clicking below:


+ + Sign "The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act" Petition:


+ + To receive a copy of the book "Gag Order," click here:


+ + For more on this issue:


The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, established by Dr. D. James Kennedy, is an outreach of Coral Ridge Ministries to inform the American public and motivate Christians to defend and implement the biblical principles on which our country was founded. The Center, led by Executive Director Dr. Gary Cass, provides non-partisan, non-denominational information, training, and support to all those interested in impacting the culture and renewing the vision set forth by our Founding Fathers.

Questions? cfra@coralridge.org

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