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‘One Nation Under God’ aims to create common ground, promote religious freedom

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Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:39 pm

Prominent spiritual leaders from across the country and from many denominational backgrounds will come together in an evening designed to create common ground and to inspire attendees to take a stand for religious freedom.

“One Nation Under God: Common Ground Found in Freedom,” scheduled for Sept. 19 as part of the Gilbert Constitution Week events, promises to be a “historic” and “life-changing experience,” said organizers from the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE).

“The objective is to bring people of different religious backgrounds together, not to talk about ideology, but to explore the common good in religious freedom,” said Shane Krauser, AAFCE director.

While the Gilbert-based Academy is “committed to educating people about the uniqueness and power” in all aspects of the United States Constitution,” he said they chose to focus on religious freedom for this particular event.

“We all love the message of freedom, but we have got to come together to protect those freedoms,” Krauser said. “Our religious freedom is under attack. If we have no religious freedom or ability to workshop as we see fit, then we have no freedom at all.”

The evening will include entertainment by the Miracle of America musical group, following which religious leaders will speak for 10 to 15 minutes each about “what we must to as Americans to stand for these freedoms that are under attack,” Krauser said.

The “One Nation Under God” speakers include Reverend C.L. Bryant, a well-known Baptist minister, radio host and television host from Louisiana; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, from California, who has been called one of America’s leading Christian voices and named by CNN as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement;” and Rabbi Micah Caplan of Congregation Or Chadashin Phoenix. Also speaking will be Pastor Chad Hovind, author of GODONOMICS: How to Save Our Country and Protect Your Wallet Through Biblical Principles of Finance; Elder David LeSueur of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Rev. John Guns, a Baptist minister from Jacksonville, Fla.; Pastor Ralph Robertson, of Peoria-Sun Cities Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Religious Liberties Leader of the Seventh-Day Adventist Conference of Arizona, and others.

“Attendees will learn skills that will help them to not preach to the choir, but to convince the unconvinced about the message of liberty,” Horvind said.

Krauser said, based on recent and ongoing events, “It made sense to come together during Constitution Week for this event.”

“Our freedoms came from our Creator, our freedoms come from something other than ourselves; they are bigger than that,” Krauser said, adding, “It doesn’t matter who you are, we must all stand together as Americans.”

According to the organizers, at the “One Nation Under God” event, participants “will be inspired and encouraged to take action, both personally and in your community, in the fight to uphold the biblical values of faith, family and freedom;” and, they promised, “You will never view America the same way again.”

“It is important that we do not forget the great endowment that we have been given by our Creator. I pray that God will inspire true revival in our nation,” Bryant added.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St, in Phoenix. Additional information and tickets ($10) are available www.aafce.eventbrite.com. A number of tickets have been purchased by sponsors and donated for students. Any students wishing to attend should call (480) 347-8969 to be put on the list to reserve one of these free tickets. Boy Scouts and ROTC members in uniform will also be admitted free. Any questions may be directed to AAFCE at (480) 347-8969.

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