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  • Worship, Unity in Christ Key Themes in Metropolitan JOSEPH’s Address to Archdiocese

    08/04/2020 5:11:09 PM PDT · by lightman · 1 replies
    For the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph returned to doing what he loves most – celebrating the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy among his clergy and laity. He had been worshipping God from his chapel at the Archdiocesan headquarters for months, praying for the world and its healing. On Sunday, August 2, 2020, the leader of the Antiochian Archdiocese led worship at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. Following the reading of the epistle and gospel, Sayidna Joseph addressed the entire Archdiocese via live video (go to 2:06:00). He acknowledged the...
  • Why is Nevada allowing more people into its Casinos than its Churches?

    08/04/2020 8:11:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2020 | Timothy Head
    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Nevada can legally limit attendance at indoor religious services to just 50 persons. At the same time, casinos, restaurants, bars, theme parks, and gyms are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. This is a double standard. Why are houses of worship restricted to an arbitrary number — no matter how big the venue is or what safety precautions are in place — while business capacity is regulated based on the size of the venue? This ruling unfairly targets churches and other institutions of faith. It tells the American people that the economy is...
  • Who Else Is Sick of These Bullies?

    08/03/2020 5:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2020 | Thomas Tripp
    What does it mean that most of the adults out there–parents, professionals, educators, laborers, ordinary folks–don’t seem to have the moral and intellectual wherewithal to stand up to the bullies and the dreamers and the ignorance that recently has been abetted wholly by the Internet and the media, by cunning political activists, the schools and their teacher unions? The media lives on conflict, not knowledge or common sense or even intellect, just conflict. They know conflict sells even if the conflict is imaginary. Imaginary? Yes, imaginary. What this country used to stand for are integrity, honesty, straight-talk and no pandering...
  • Social Media Censorship Is Scary

    08/01/2020 10:49:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2020 | Christina Herrin
    One of the many great things about being an American is that we have the right to freedom of speech. I may not agree with what my neighbor has to say, but I will fight to the death for his or her ability to say it. This concept was a founding principle that is now in jeopardy because of the monopoly power wielded by social media giants. An example of this disturbing trend occurred this week when a video from several frontline doctors who questioned the status quo position on COVID-19 treatments and protocols was summarily scrubbed from most top...
  • What Happened to an America Where You Could Freely Speak Your Mind?

    07/30/2020 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2020 | John Kass
    The angry left-handed broom of America's cultural revolution uses fear to sweep through the our civic, corporate and personal life. It brings with it attempted intimidation, shame and the usual demands for ceremonies of public groveling. It is happening in newsrooms in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles. And now it's coming for me, in an attempt to shame me into silence. Here's what happened: Last week, with violence spiking around the country, I wrote a column on the growing sense of lawlessness in America's urban areas. In response, the Tribune newspaper union, the Chicago Tribune Guild, which I have repeatedly...
  • A small Alabama church had a revival and now 40 people have coronavirus

    07/27/2020 9:06:16 AM PDT · by lightman · 84 replies
    PennLive ^ | 27 July A.D. 2020 | Lee Roop
    More than 40 people have coronavirus after attending a week-long revival at a small north Alabama Baptist church last week, pastor Daryl Ross said today. Only two male members’ cases were serious, he said. “One respiratory, he almost got put in the hospital, but he’s OK,” Ross said. “The other one fought it off with two days in bed.” “The whole church has got it, just about,” Ross said, and that includes himself. Ross said he has tested positive but has few symptoms. The Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church is located in a small Marshall County community called Strawberry. It...
  • California's Ban on 'In-Home Bible Studies' Sparks Lawsuit by Church

    07/22/2020 7:16:24 PM PDT · by paladinkc · 62 replies
    Christian headlines ^ | Michael Foust
    California's Ban on 'In-Home Bible Studies' Sparks Lawsuit by Church. At issue are prohibitions by Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials on “in-person religious gatherings” in 30 counties, as well as bans on corporate singing statewide.
  • No Longer Possible to Be a Democrat and Support Free Speech

    07/21/2020 5:03:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 21, 2020 | J.B. Shurk
    For freedom's sake, be offensive. Not rude. Not malicious. But free enough with your thoughts that they are still your thoughts and not the programmed left-speak that is constantly in flux but thoroughly enforced. A generation ago, Americans would preface a potentially offensive statement with a quick declaration — "this isn't politically correct, but" — before charging forth with what was on their minds. It was a brilliant idiom that contrasted the communist control of language with an American's freedom of speech but still demonstrated the speaker's awareness that what was being said might not appeal to every listener. Today,...
  • Texas attorney general forbids local authorities from shutting down churches, religious schools

    07/18/2020 7:44:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Bentley Media Group, ^ | July 18, 2020 | Daniel Payne
    They're 'protected by the First Amendment and Texas law,' A.G. says. The attorney general of Texas yesterday ordered local authorities to cease any attempts to shut down churches and private religious schools, stating that those institutions are protected by both the U.S. Constitution and Texas statute. .. A.G. Ken Paxton said that "the robust constitutional and statutory protections unique to religious individuals and communities at all times" prohibit local governments from closing them down, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... local public health officials have [recently] begun to issue orders restricting or limiting in-person instruction" in private schools. In the...
  • California Governor Newsom Bans ALL In-Home Bible Fellowship, Church Services, Meetings, Singing, and Church Gatherings

    07/18/2020 1:09:48 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 124 replies
    browns journal ^ | 7/16/2020 | Brown
    As of July 13th, 2020 ALL indoor Church services have been banned in at least 30 counties, even in-home Bible studies, and fellowship. In other counties, fellowship may be limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Also, singing, chanting, praise, and worship have been banned. However, the exact same order also allows protests. Under Governor Newsom’s latest directive, residents of California can engage in protests and riots, but cannot house a Bible Study with a friend or neighbor. Liberty Counsel will be filing suit against Gov. Newsom on behalf of Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, who is president of...
  • Please tell me this is an exaggeration - Chicago Threatening to Bulldoze Churches for Not Complying with COVID Mandates

    07/14/2020 4:03:18 AM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 83 replies
    Matt Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said on Wednesday that the city is classifying his clients as “public nuisances.” He said they were issued a letter declaring that the city “has the power and duty to cause all nuisances affecting the health of the public to be abated.” The letter threatened a “summary abatement,” which would mean the destruction of the facilities without due process.
  • Serious Candidate or Not, Kanye Raises Important Ideas

    07/12/2020 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    It was "a plan by the Devil to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high." So said Kanye West, the recently declared "Birthday Party" presidential candidate. It's about the best explanation I've heard for the non-coronavirus issues that plague us. There's some serious good-and-evil combat going on, and neutrality isn't a viable option. "Reinstate in God's state, in God's country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations and you chill the fear and love of everything else," West told Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes, in an interview. "Removing God" leads to "murders in...
  • Liberal’s All-Out Assault On Free Speech

    07/12/2020 4:19:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2020 | Derek Hunter
    In 1964, comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted in New York City on obscenity charges. It wasn’t for anything he did, it was for what he said…while doing stand-up comedy. It seems absurd now that an American could face jail time, as did the owner of the comedy club where he’d uttered the offending words (he was sentenced to four months in prison but died of an overdose while appealing the case). What destroyed Lenny Bruce has ultimately destroyed itself - those words are now commonplace on basic cable television, and sometimes broadcast networks. The words were “banned” by social conservatives...
  • Matthew Larosiere: Director of Legal Policy at the Firearms Policy Coalition

    07/10/2020 5:12:58 PM PDT · by ammodotcom · 6 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 7-10-2020 | Ammo.com
    Our own Sam Jacobs sat down with Matthew Larosiere. Matthew Larosiere is the Director of Legal Policy at the Firearms Policy Coalition and an unashamed supporter of the Second Amendment without exceptions. He is also an early adopter of the 3D printer, something that he has become very skilled at using to make full firearms, firearms components, and other pieces. He believes that 3D printed guns are not just a Second Amendment issue, but also a First Amendment issue. His position in the FPC brings him into close contact with breaking legal issues and emerging attacks on the Second Amendment....
  • Victory: US Navy Reverses Unlawful Order Banning Troops from Indoor Mass, Religious Services

    07/09/2020 6:00:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/9/20 | Doug Mainwaring
    'This proves' that 'there is no pandemic exception to the First Amendment,' said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute General Counsel.WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Navy has revised its policy prohibiting active service members from attending in-person religious services. Those who disobeyed and attended church services had risked court-martial. The move is seen as an important victory on behalf of religious liberty by Navy personnel affected by the previously enacted ban, and by those who fought on their behalf. The change comes just days after First Liberty Institute sent a letter on behalf of active duty...
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Liberty

    07/08/2020 3:07:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | July 8, 2020 | White House
    Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a big win for religious freedom and freedom of conscience.  Almost a decade ago, the Obama administration attempted to force employers, including religious nonprofits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, in violation of their religious beliefs.  Twice before in this ongoing saga, the Supreme Court has blocked these overly rigid and misguided efforts and sided with religious freedom.  Today, it has once again vindicated the conscience rights of people of faith.Since Day One, the Trump Administration has sought to lift burdens on...
  • Supreme Court upholds Trump exemptions to Obamacare contraceptive mandate

    07/08/2020 11:51:05 AM PDT · by lastchance · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | Melissa Quinn
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration's broad exemptions to employers who raise religious or moral objections to providing free birth control coverage, paving the way for more employers to opt out of a provision of the Obama-era health care law that has been at the center of a long-running dispute before the courts.
  • OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL v. MORRISSEYBERRU

    07/08/2020 7:27:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The First Amendment protects the right of religious institutions “to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.” Kedroff v. Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Russian Orthodox Church in North America, 344 U. S. 94, 116. Applying this principle, this Court held in HosannaTabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, 565 U. S. 171, that the First Amendment barred a court from entertaining an employment discrimination claim brought by an elementary school teacher, Cheryl Perich, against the religious school where she taught. Adopting the so-called “ministerial exception” to laws...
  • Military Members Are Losing Their Religious Freedom While Trying To Protect Yours

    07/08/2020 7:46:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Anominous
    https://thefederalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Screen-Shot-2020-07-07-at-5.03.12-PM-998x665.png> The Navy last week asked my husband to sign his name to a new restriction broadly “prohibiting,” in bold letters, a multitude of activities “to include indoor religious services” and even to discourage “in-person use” of “drive-in spiritual services.” While we maintain a faint hope that the military doesn’t really mean to restrict religious practices, the latest restrictions preclude nearly all indoor religious services — even those adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. The Catholic Masses my husband and I attend are vastly better spaced than the grocery or liquor stores where he can shop, or even the authorized Chick-fil-A drive-through...
  • California Bans Singing in Church

    07/03/2020 7:03:41 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/2/2020 | Joel B. Pollack
    "The State of California has banned singing in any indoor religious services, even with masks on, under new guidelines issued by the Department of Public Health to control the spread of the coronavirus. The new guidelines state (emphasis added): Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved...