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  • ‘This can’t be real’: Calif. county’s maximum allowance for social gatherings, protests & church perfectly sum up the insanity

    06/05/2020 3:20:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 5, 2020 | Doug P.
    Contra Costa County in California will not allow church services until June 15. But it permits outdoor social gatherings of up to 12 people right now. And it permits protests of up to 100 people right now.
  • Chicago Mayor Defends Enforcement Priorities [semi-satire]

    05/30/2020 10:28:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 May 2020 | John Semmens
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot's decision to shift police resources to conducting raids on churches that hold services in defiance of her edict that this not be permitted has led to questions regarding her priorities. As is well-known, there are dozens of shootings in the City every week and a lengthy list of unsolved murders. This past Sunday, though, five police cars loaded with officers descended on Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church to break-up Pastor Courtney Lewis' sermon and disperse the parishioners. Lightfoot justified the raid saying that "the City's residents have learned to live with the constant murders, but COVID-19 is a...
  • Arsonist Pleads Guilty to Torching Three Black Churches to ‘Raise His Profile as a Black Metal Musician,’ Feds Say

    02/15/2020 6:03:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/11/20 | Meagan Flynn
    The three Louisiana churches went up in flames in a span of 10 days, each doused in gasoline and torched with oily shop rags in the middle of the night. Each Baptist congregation was predominantly black, causing church leaders to fear that white supremacists may target their parish next. But as the fears swirled, the arsonist, 22-year-old Holden Matthews, was busy planning his next album cover, according to text messages obtained by prosecutors He burned down the three churches in St. Landry Parish, federal prosecutors said Monday, because he wanted “to raise his profile as a ‘Black Metal’ musician.” Matthews,...
  • DOJ to Nevada: Reopen Churches

    05/27/2020 5:33:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/27/20 | Bradley Eli
    Democratic governor throttles worshipCARSON CITY, Nev. ( - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is telling Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak to open churches. In a letter Sisolak received on Tuesday, the DOJ noted that the governor is unfairly limiting churchgoers while barbershops, salons and restaurants were allowed to reopen May 9. "We are concerned, however, that the flat prohibition against 10 or more persons gathering for in-person worship services — regardless of whether they maintain social-distancing guidelines — impermissibly treats religious and nonreligious organizations unequally," observed the DOJ. Commenting on Sisolak's shutdown orders, the letter added, "These directives may violate...
  • 5 reasons why your church members disagree on when to reopen

    05/27/2020 8:16:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/27/2020 | Thom S. Rainer
    It has become a common theme at Church Answers. We are hearing from pastors and other church leaders about members who have divergent opinions on the timing for regathering the in-person services. No surprise here. It might be helpful, however, to understand the reasons behind the disagreements. We see five major themes. Strong extroverts and strong introverts will have major disagreements on timing. The reason is obvious. The extrovert is dying to resume interaction with fellow church members. He or she thrives on in-person gatherings and conversations. The strong introvert, however, has done well seeing few people and interacting with...
  • Trump: ‘I Will Override Any Governor That Wants to Play Games’ on Reopening Churches

    05/27/2020 3:08:49 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 26 May 20 | Melanie Arter
    When asked what authority he had in mind when threatening to overrule governors on reopening houses of worship, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he “can absolutely do it” if he wants to. “I can absolutely do it if I want to, and I don’t think I’m gonna have to, because it's starting to open up. We need our churches and our synagogue and our mosques. We want them open - churches, synagogues, mosques and others. We want them open, and we want them open as soon as possible,” Trump said during a White House Rose Garden press conference on...
  • California Allowing The Churches To Reopen… Sort Of; Singing, Sharing Hymn Books, Passing Collection Plates, Discouraged

    05/26/2020 9:11:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2020 | Jazz Shaw
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has been facing a lot of criticism (and lawsuits) over the way he’s been dragging his feet on allowing the churches, mosques and synagogues to reopen. But as of Sunday night, it appears that Newsom has blinked first in the ongoing standoff. Originally slated to be part of phase three of his reopening plan – which could still be weeks away – the state announced that areas with lower rates of infection would be allowed to decide if the houses of worship could reopen sooner. That could come as early as this week, but there...
  • California announces churches, houses of worship can reopen under certain guidelines amid coronavirus outbreak

    05/25/2020 1:29:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25 2020 | Morgan Phillips
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday released guidelines for reopening houses of worship amid the coronavirus pandemic, after President Trump deemed them “essential” last week. Under the governor’s guidelines, churches and other houses of worship can reopen if they are given approval from county health officials, but must limit attendance to 25 percent of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. In order to reopen, churches in California must set physical-distancing guidelines, establish new cleaning and disinfection protocols, encourage all to wear face masks and set parameters for singing and group recitations.
  • Minn. allows all churches to reopen after Catholics, Lutherans threaten to defy orders

    05/24/2020 8:53:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/24/2020 | Anugrah Kumar
    Days after MinnesotaÂ’s Catholic and Lutheran churches publicly declared they would defy Gov. Tim WalzÂ’s order restricting in-person services to not more than 10 people, the state has announced it's lifting that limitation to let larger groups gather for worship beginning Wednesday. At a press briefing Saturday, Gov. Walz announced that churches will be able to hold services starting Wednesday if they follow social distancing guidelines and limit the gatherings to not more than 25% of a buildingÂ’s capacity, MinnPost reported. The governor has recognized that churches can reopen safely and carefully in the same way as malls and other...
  • Judge Napolitano: Trump has no authority to override church bans, but can do this (hint, hint)

    05/22/2020 3:56:00 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22 2020 | Charles Creitz
    Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Friday that President Trump does not have the authority he says he does when it comes to overriding governors who will not allow churches or synagogues to reopen. However, Napolitano told "The Daily Briefing" that the governors' bans are "ill-advised" and that the president does have one major recourse should a state executive fail to listen to his orders. "In a word, no," he said of Trump's authority on the matter.
  • Baltimore pastor rips up cease-and-desist letter mid-sermon: 'We're gonna do it God's way!'

    05/21/2020 10:15:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2020 | Caleb Parke
    "Either we have liberty to worship or we have permission to worship," Shiflett told Fox News about his decision. "It has become abundantly clear that if we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again." . . . Baltimore Mayor Jack Young extended the stay-at-home orders limiting public gatherings, including "spiritual" and "religious," to no more than 10 people.
  • KY Church Mandates Removed

    05/15/2020 6:22:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/14/20 | Liberty Counsel
    Gov. Andy Beshear may no longer discriminate against churches for religious gatherings – whether those gatherings be in-person or in the parking lotBULLITT COUNTY, KY – Yesterday, the federal District Court acknowledged that to the extent there are differences between its injunction issued Friday evening and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ injunction issued Saturday, on behalf of Maryville Baptist Church, the latter takes precedence. In his Friday injunction, District Judge Hale ruled: “The Governor and other Commonwealth officials are ENJOINED from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings as to in- person services at Maryville Baptist Church so long as...
  • Belief by church attendees that Trump was 'anointed by God' on the rise: survey

    05/14/2020 6:36:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2020 | Michael Gryboski
    The belief that President Donald Trump, as well as presidents in general, were “anointed by God” has increased considerably among church attendees, according to a recent report.Among white Protestants who attended church once a week or more, belief that Trump was anointed by God had increased from 29.6% last year to 49.5% this year, according to a report titled “Trump the Anointed?” that was published by Religion in Public.Researchers Paul A. Djupe of Denison University and Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University compared survey data from May 2019 among white Protestants to a survey they conducted in March of...
  • In the Age of Corona, How will Churches Serve Communion?

    05/13/2020 7:31:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/13/2020 | By Thom S. Rainer
    I just participated in my first Lord’s Supper via a streaming service. My pastor asked us to have juice and bread ready in our homes. I served my wife, and then I served myself as our pastor prayed and read Scripture regarding the Supper. It was different, but it was meaningful. To be clear, I know different churches handle this ordinance differently. Some call it by another name such as Communion. Some have a common cup. Some have different theological understandings of its purpose and meaning. Many churches in my tradition have very small cups of juice on a plate...
  • Norman mayor reverses course, allows churches to reopen, after admonishments from U.S. attorney, state attorney general

    05/11/2020 3:36:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 5/08/20 | Chris Casteel
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Norman Mayor Breea Clark amended her city’s reopening plan on Friday to allow churches to open immediately. The change came after admonishments from Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing that the plan discriminated against places of worship. Clark defended her plan for churches to open on May 15 as consistent with restrictions on gatherings but said, “I will not spend years feuding with the federal government over one week.” Hunter and Downing told Clark this week that keeping places of worship closed while some businesses were allowed to open violated First Amendment...
  • 3,000 California Churches Plan To Reopen In Defiance Of Gov. Newsom’s Orders

    05/08/2020 8:06:36 PM PDT · by Jayster · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 8, 2020 | Marlo Safi
    A network of 3,000 California churches are planning to defy Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shutdown orders by reopening for in-person services, Fox News reported Friday. California Church United pastors, which represents nearly 2.5 million members, announced Thursday that they plan to reopen May 31 instead of waiting for stage 3 reopenings, which includes churches along with businesses like salons and gyms, according to Fox. The leaders chose May 31 because it marks Pentecost and the birth of the Christian church, making it fitting for a “rebirth” of services. “Our churches are part of the answer, not part of the problem,”...
  • Democrat Illinois Governor Pritzker Says Christian Churches May Not Reopen for a Year

    05/07/2020 4:53:51 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 72 replies
    tgwp ^ | 5/7/2020 | Jim Hoft
    Pritzker must believe the First Amendment is optional. As Cassandra Fairbanks previously reported an Illinois church filed a lawsuit against Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker in April for violating the First Amendment and the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The lawsuit, filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of The Beloved Church in Lena, claims that the governor has a “hostility” towards religious faith. Pastor Steve Cassell is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop him from being arrested if he holds a service at the beginning of May. We now know that top US physicians based their COVID-19 plan...
  • Democratic Kansas City Mayor Requires Churches To Turn Over Membership Lists

    05/04/2020 7:02:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    A Kansas City phased reopening guideline requiring churches to keep “lists” of attendees, has alarmed many who see it as an infringement on religious liberty and privacy.In the policy issued by Mayor Quinton Lucas, houses of worship are treated with the same restrictions as “non-essential” businesses in terms of keeping records of who attends a service, or even anyone who enters the building.“Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined Nazi-like measures designed to surveil, track and spy upon what was once a FREE American people,” Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver said. “Yet that is exactly what Kansas City’s misguided government...
  • Church Sues California Gov. Gavin Newsom for Shutting It Down But Leaving Abortion Clinics Open

    04/26/2020 1:51:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | April 23, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    A California church that police shut down on Palm Sunday for allegedly disobeying coronavirus health restrictions filed a lawsuit this month accusing Gov. Gavin Newsom and local authorities of violating its fundamental rights. The Sacramento Bee reports the Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi and Pastor Jonathan Duncan argue in the lawsuit that Newsom and San Joaquin County health officials abused their authority through the public health restrictions. “Civil rights are not suspended by a virus,” the lawsuit states. “Fundamental and unalienable rights are, by their very nature, ‘essential.’” The National Center for Law & Policy in Escondido is representing...
  • Protesters Descend On Wisconsin Capitol To Send A Message: We’re Done Staying Home

    04/25/2020 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 25, 2010 | Kylee Zempel
    Wisconsinites are signaling they're done playing political games and aren't buying into the idea that they're 'Safer at Home.' MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin stay-at-home orders were supposed to expire Friday. Instead, thousands of disgruntled Wisconsinites descended upon the capitol in protest after the Evers administration extended the Dairy State’s so-called Safer at Home order another month. Endless blaring honks turned to white noise as vehicles backed up East Washington Avenue before circling the capitol, with many waving signs and flags out of windows and sun roofs. One man drove a Yukon decked out with Trump 2020 gear, pulling a trailer...