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  • ‘Welcome home again’: Small number of Bay Area churches open Sunday, defying coronavirus orders

    06/04/2020 8:17:26 PM PDT · by rintintin · 6 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 31 2020 | MAGGIE ANGST
    Pastor Larry Ihrig had a message for congregants as he greeted them with elbow bumps Sunday morning at the entrance to the sanctuary at Livermore’s Celebration Church. “Welcome home again, guys. I wish we could hug, but we can’t do any of that.” One congregant rejoiced as they arrived at the doors: “Thank the Lord. We’re finally back.” More than 100 worshipers came out to the church Sunday morning for the first in-person service in more than two months, curtailed in March by the region’s public health orders, put in place nearly two and a half months ago to curb...
  • CNN's Chris Cuomo blasted for suggesting protesters don't have to be 'peaceful'

    06/02/2020 11:03:22 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 02 2020 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    CNN anchor Chris Cuomo raised eyebrows on Tuesday night when he suggested that the George Floyd protesters don't have to be "polite and peaceful." Cuomo blasted those who believe the national "problem" is the riots that have taken place following the death of George Floyd and not the police brutality that prompted the nationwide protests. "Now too many see the protests as the problem. No, the problem is what forced your fellow citizens to take to the streets: persistent, poisonous inequities and injustice," Cuomo told his viewers. "And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite...
  • Madison Refuses To Arrest Rioters, But Sends Watchers To Enforce Church Services Ban

    05/31/2020 9:37:21 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 18 replies ^ | MAY 31, 2020
    There have been violent riots in Wisconsin's capital of Madison, where a group of about 150 demonstrators threw rocks at police officers on Saturday night, according to WITI-TV. At least 75 stores were damaged or looted overnight. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel politics and statehouse reporter Patrick Marley tweeted, "Police chief says they aren't arresting people tonight." Interim Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl said his officers stood back during the protests. While Madison didn't do much to prevent the barrage of looting in the city, officials want citizens to know that church services of more than 50 people will absolutely not be...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 5/31/2020

    05/31/2020 9:47:57 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/31/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The Supreme Court rules in favor of coronavirus regulations but first...... National Guard mobilization and deployment now underway in numerous states with a major deployment in Los Angeles this morning.... And incidents of violence and vandalism continued across the country late this afternoon and into the evening in Chicago and Philadelphia and other cities...Fires set near the White House with protesters again on the streets....This was the scene outside the White House as reported by Australia's Nine Network just after 7 pm tonight..... Police swooped down and made 150 arrests of protesters in Minneapolis this evening...... Some additional details on...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version DC 19 Are You Distracted Yet? The Uniparty Police State?

    05/30/2020 9:38:19 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/30/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Welcome to the weekend the Dictatorship of Covid-19 continues the "New Normal" emerging that isn't "True Normal". I got an N95 mask this week to use at work in both my jobs which helps me to perform better on the jobs. No headache or shortness of breath side effects I have experienced with other masks... Images have the power to outrage or enrage and in 1963 the race issue was propelled to the forefront in the United States when this was seen on television.... Well is this all about race? I think there's something deeper here the dehumanization of other...
  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services (Roberts strikes again!)

    05/29/2020 9:56:22 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 108 replies
    AP ^ | May 30, 2020 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area.
  • The New Internet Censorship

    05/29/2020 6:46:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 29, 2020 | John Leonard
    Most Americans consider their freedom of speech to be sacrosanct because it has been codified into law in the Bill of Rights, in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The famous exception everyone knows it that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre -- in other words, you aren’t free to inspire panic within the general public. But what if the general public has already panicked, and the speech being suppressed is actually trying to calm people? Recently a disturbing video of Dr. Ivette Lozano at an Open Texas! rally appeared, claiming that pharmacists have refused to fill...
  • Church Attendance Essential to America's Greatness

    05/27/2020 3:44:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | May 27, 2020 | Star Parker
    President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship "essential places that provide essential services" to the American people. "The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend," he said. The president raised eyebrows by declaring that he will "override" governors if they don't do it. Where's the president's authority to override governors on this matter? I'm not a constitutional attorney, but I do have common sense. The president takes an oath of office during which he swears to "preserve, protect and defend the...
  • Controversy over Reopening Churches

    05/26/2020 5:54:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    The Institute for Religion & Democracy ^ | 25 May A.D. 2020 | Rick Plasterer
    Reopening of churches and other houses of worship appears to be developing as an issue of some controversy as the nation moves to reopen society. An earlier article reviewed unreasonable attempts to prevent corporate worship even where there were drastic measures to prevent the spread of disease (such as drive in worship in separate cars or very small congregations widely spaced). The unreasonable claims that such meetings endanger lives when drive-in restaurants are allowed is clearly inconsistent, and appears to show that religious activity is being unduly restricted. As this writer has argued in a previous article related to the...
  • Chicago pastor claims the mayor sent armed police in unmarked cars to bang on the church doors Sunday: It was ‘like the Soviet-styled KGB’

    05/26/2020 12:10:05 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 27 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 05/26/2020 | Phil Shiver
    Chicago Pastor Courtney Lewis said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon to his congregation Sunday when he heard loud banging on the church doors. It was the police sent by the city's Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot had allegedly dispatched officers in three squad cars along with two unmarked vehicles in order to shut down the service at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lewis claimed in a letter of grievance to U.S. Attorney John Lausch.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 5/25/2020

    05/25/2020 7:20:36 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/25/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A police raid on a business operating in spite of a Repbublican governor's emergency orders but first.... "Analysts have long talked about the end of an American-led system and the arrival of an Asian century. This is now happening in front of our eyes. If the 21st century turns out to be an Asian century, as the 20th was an Amercian one, the pandemic may well be remembered as the turning point of this process" The words of the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell...... In Idaho last Thursday state police raiding the Hardware Brewing Company in Kendrick. The...
  • Thousands Of Churches Are About To Defy Lockdown Orders. It’s About Time

    05/22/2020 2:17:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 22, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    Churchgoers across the country are reasserting their fundamental rights of conscience—rights that too many political leaders have forgotten or denied. On Friday, President Trump said churches and houses of worship are “essential” and called on governors nationwide to allow them to open this weekend. If they don’t, Trump said he would “override” governors, citing forthcoming guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In remarks Thursday, the president criticized some governors who have “deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”Trump is right,...
  • Video: Mom Was Arrested Aggressively In Front Of Her Kid For Not Wearing Her Face Mask Properly – No Media Coverage

    05/22/2020 12:28:55 PM PDT · by USA Conservative · 24 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 05.22.2020 | Natalie D.
    You may recall the mother on the playground who was arrested a few weeks ago. That’s just one case where the police overstepped their authority and implemented the so-called Gestapo tactics. A New York City woman was handcuffed and taken to the ground in a video captured by an onlooker as NYPD cops accused her of not wearing her mask properly during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the struggle ensues, the woman’s child looks scared. We’ve seen similar situations in videos from world war two where children were forced to leave their parents. The encounter took place at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays...
  • Minnesota churches says they’re reopening May 26, the same day malls and casinos can

    05/21/2020 3:25:15 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    twitchy citing Becket law firm ^ | May 20, 2020 | Brett T.
    Minnesota Catholics and Lutherans tell @GovTimWalz they are reopening churches on May 26—after the Governor announced malls, salons, tattoo parlors, & casinos can open, but churches can’t. The leadership of over 700 Catholic and Lutheran churches, represented by @BECKETlaw & @SidleyLaw, told @GovTimWalz and AG @keithellison that the First Amendment doesn’t let the government put churches at the back of the line during reopening. Minnesota’s re-opening plan lets people seek retail therapy at the mall, but not spiritual solace at church. Today’s press conference underscored @GovTimWalz’s failure to appreciate the integral role of faith in the well-being of the community....
  • Minnesota Catholic, Lutheran Bishops to Gov: We’re Opening Up Regardless of Your Order

    05/20/2020 5:57:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/20/20 | Claire Chretien
    May 20, 2020, 7:21 p.m. EST: BREAKING: The Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Minnesota sent Governor Tim Walz separate letters today announcing that they will resume worship services on May 26 despite Governor Walz’s current COVID-19 executive order which allows retailers to operate at 50 percent capacity but caps church worship services at ten people. Governor Walz’s latest re-opening order allows the Mall of America to open its doors to those seeking retail therapy but disallows churches from providing spiritual healing to their congregations. At the same time, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sent Governor...
  • Houston church cancels Mass after five priests test positive

    Houston church cancels Mass after coronavirus outbreak Holy Ghost Catholic Church has canceled public Mass indefinitely while members of the religious order remain in quarantine. HOUSTON — A Southwest Houston church canceled public Masses until further notice after five members of its religious order tested positive for COVID-19 and a priest, who died last week, may have had it, too. The five members of the religious order live and work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. The church said a priest, Donnell L. Kirchner, died on May 13 and may have been infected with the virus as well. Father Kirchner was...
  • Oregon judge halts statewide coronavirus restrictions

    05/18/2020 2:52:38 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 18 2020 | John Kruzel
    An Oregon judge on Monday halted statewide coronavirus restrictions, ruling in favor of churches and congregants who challenged the measures as an unlawful infringement on their religious freedoms. Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff's ruling temporarily suspends all of Gov. Kate Brown's (D) emergency coronavirus measures, not just those applying to religious gatherings. Brown vowed to immediately appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court. In lifting the restrictions, Shirtcliff said the church groups challenging the orders were likely to win a final ruling on the merits. Their initial showing persuaded him that the health orders’ harms to religious and economic freedom outweigh public...
  • Federal Judge Overrules North Carolina Governor’s Restrictions On Worship

    05/18/2020 3:02:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 18, 2020 | Tristan Justice
    A federal judge overturned North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders Saturday that sought to cap religious services at no more than 10 people while businesses and other organizations in the state were left to accommodate up to 50. The double standard, District Court Judge James C. Dever ruled in the Eastern District of North Carolina, was an overt show of distrust among those gathering to worship and deemed the directive illegal, according to the News and Observer. “The record, at this admittedly early stage of the case, reveals that the Governor appears to trust citizens to perform non-religious activities...
  • Chicago mayor declares war on church that held services, collateral damage hits neighbors

    05/18/2020 12:32:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2020 | Thomas Lifson
    Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot may have exempted herself from her own prohibition on haircuts, but she made and carried out drastic, and probably illegal, threats against a church that announced its plans to hold Sunday services yesterday.  Evidently, only important people like the mayor get to exercise their constitutional rights. CBS Chicago covered the mayor's threats on Saturday: People heading to Philadelphia Romanian Church in Ravenswood on Sunday might have a hard time finding a parking spot. Ald. Matt Martin (47th) said no-parking signs have been put up for several surrounding blocks near the church at 1713 W. Sunnyside Ave. The signs have been...
  • Morning Raid to Crush Chicago Churchgoers: Entire Neighborhood Has Cars Towed

    05/18/2020 4:19:33 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 69 replies
    Wirepoints ^ | 5/17/2020 | Mark Glennon
    What a travesty on so many levels. As reported by CBS Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered a parking ban from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday in the neighborhood of Philadelphia Romanian Church in response to its intention to hold services. On Sunday morning the tow trucks descended – not just on churchgoers, but on residents and everybody else, and on a private lot used by parishioners. Read this from Second City Cop: City tow trucks arrived and yanked the vehicles of every single resident, including numerous elderly people and a more than a few nurses coming in from the...