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  • Colorado Churches Win Against COVID Orders

    10/23/2020 7:36:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/20 | Liberty Counsel
    This a major win for places of worship, the First Amendment, and the people. This is a big blow to the discriminatory orders issued by Governor Jared Polis. The state of Colorado may not ignore or suspend the First Amendment.DENVER, CO – A federal district judge issued a 44-page decision granting an injunction in favor of two churches against Governor Jared Polis’ discriminatory COVID orders that place numerical restrictions on houses of worship and require masks. The order in Denver Bible Church v. Azar prevents the state of Colorado from enforcing the indoor occupancy limitations and the face-covering requirement on...
  • Judge protects Colorado churches from governor’s COVID capacity, face mask directives

    10/22/2020 7:59:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 22, 2020 | LifeSiteNews staff
    The decision came following a lawsuit against federal and state officials for an array of religious freedom violations.. Two Colorado churches and their pastors are currently protected from the state’s enforcement of capacity limits and face masks during worship services thanks to an order handed down by a federal judge on October 15, 2020. This decision came following a lawsuit against federal and state officials for an array of religious freedom violations. Thomas More Society Special Counsel Rebecca Messall and co-counsel Brad Bergford, who are representing the congregations and their pastors, were pleased with the order. Messall reports a favorable...
  • Family restaurant fined $10K for violating coronavirus restrictions found not guilty [ Pennsylvania ]

    10/21/2020 10:10:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2020 | Andrew Mark Miller
    Pennsylvania restaurant owners who were fined roughly $10,000 for opening their doors in defiance of coronavirus restrictions have been deemed not guilty. A judge in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, found Taste of Sicily not guilty in its fight against the Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions, according to Local 21 News Harrisburg. “The crux of the legal argument is that orders that have been issued by the Governor and The Department of Health are legally unenforceable. Judge Garvey agreed with that argument,” the restaurant’s lawyer Eric Winter said. The restaurant, co-owned by siblings Michael Mangano and Christine Wartluft, opened in May...
  • So-called 'Virginia Values Act' undermines religious freedom; Requires Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.

    10/17/2020 8:47:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2020 | John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    On July 1, the state of Virginia enacted the “Virginia Values Act,” which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A companion law requires employers to include coverage for sex reassignment and “gender affirming” surgeries in their health plans. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, who has filed a pre-enforcement challenge, the Virginia Values Act requires “churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.”Though the Act provides an exemption for religious schools “owned, supported, controlled, or managed” by denominations or churches, that...
  • Will Conservatives Finally Awaken to the Big Tech Threat?

    10/16/2020 5:51:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2020 | Josh Hammer
    As the American right continues to sort through its identity crisis, four years after the earth-shattering election of a heterodox Republican Party presidential standard-bearer, battle lines are hardening on the issue of Big Tech's hectoring censorship and its monopolistic corporate misbehavior. The increasing brazenness with which the various Big Tech behemoths distort their search algorithms to hide conservative viewpoints, undermine conservatives through "shadow banning" and weaponize the sanctimonious and self-serving "fact-checking" cottage industry to suppress conservative voices has long been clear to those of us who, to use the parlance of the day, are "very online." The 2017 dismissal of...
  • Orthodox Jewish Rabbis Sue Cuomo for 'Blatantly Anti-Semitic' COVID Order

    10/15/2020 4:18:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    PJmedia ^ | OCT 15, 2020 | TYLER O'NEIL
    On Wednesday, three Orthodox Jewish congregations in Rockland County, N.Y., sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) for issuing a “blatantly anti-Semitic” coronavirus order restricting religious services in Jewish areas, just before three sequential Jewish holy days. Cuomo falsely blamed the Orthodox Jewish community for a surge in COVID-19 cases in New York, referring to the surge as “a predominantly ultra-orthodox cluster,” and he admitted the lockdowns were based on “fear” rather than science. According to the lawsuit, Cuomo’s October 6 executive order “is blatantly anti-Semitic, creating religious-observance based color coded ‘hot-spot’ zones directed towards particular Jewish communities.” The order “not only...
  • L.A. Mayor Allows Large Religious Gathering Outside Staples Center

    10/15/2020 4:29:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | October 12, 2020 | The Babylon Bee
    LOS ANGELES, CA—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, having opposed large religious gatherings in his city for the past 7 months, has suddenly reversed course, allowing a large worship service to take place in the streets of the city last night. Despite the ban on religious gatherings, the worshipers came together to honor their god, LeBron James, in a spontaneous outpouring of love and praise. Worshipers in this religion, rather than singing songs or saying prayers, topple cars and throw things at the police.
  • House Intelligence Committee to Hold Virtual Open Hearing on Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories Online

    10/14/2020 11:42:32 AM PDT · by bitt · 44 replies
    intelligence.house.gov ^ | 10/14/2020 | intelligence.house.gov
    On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm ET, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) will convene a virtual unclassified hearing entitled, “Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and ‘Infodemics’: Stopping the Spread Online.” Conspiracy theories and misinformation narratives that prey on individuals’ fears and uncertainties continue to mar the online landscape. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, an economy in turmoil, and a tumultuous presidential campaign, there is ample terrain for malicious actors at home or malign foreign operatives and governments abroad to exploit such tensions by stoking chaos and dangerous, even life-threatening, untruths. Recent trends in the spread...
  • More Va. Public Schools Using Kids As Guinea Pigs For Critical Race Theory

    10/13/2020 8:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 13, 2020 | Ian Prior
    Based on the recommendations of consultants they paid nearly half a million taxpayer dollars, the Loudon County school board recently approved an Equity Plan steeped in critical race rhetoric. Ever since the unfortunate death of George Floyd, corporate media, virtue-signaling neighborhood leftists, and politicians have been talking about “systemic racism” in America, even though there was and still is no evidence that Floyd’s death was motivated by race.This is emblematic of the growing concern about “critical race theory,” in which everything is viewed through the lens of race because, the theory claims, “racism is present in every aspect of life,...
  • Let's Hear It for Real Religious Freedom

    10/11/2020 4:30:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    "Staggering friendliness." That's how one reporter described his encounter with People of Praise, the apostolic community that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her family belong to. I've always heard wonderful things about Barrett, knowing more than a few people who teach or have studied at the University of Notre Dame, where Barrett attended school. And yet, I just finished reading a piece that used the word "sinister" in association with People of Praise. Evidently because we no longer have the capacity as a people to recognize that there was a world before Margaret Atwood novels. The use of...
  • Federal Judge Tells DC Mayor She Can’t Restrict Capitol Hill Baptist Church Meetings

    10/10/2020 4:23:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2020 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    A federal judge granted Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s request for a preliminary injunction against Mayor Muriel Bowser allowing the congregation to resume worship services in the District of Columbia. “The Court determines that the church is likely to succeed in proving that the District’s actions violate [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993] RFRA,” wrote U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Trevor McFadden in a decision late Friday. “The District’s current restrictions substantially burden the church’s exercise of religion. More, the District has failed to offer evidence at this stage showing that it has a compelling interest...
  • A Jewish Revolt Against Lockdowns: Haredim take to the streets and courts against Gov. Cuomo.

    10/08/2020 5:04:38 PM PDT · by karpov · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 8, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Haredim, as ultra-Orthodox Jews are called, translates to “those who tremble.” But as New York’s leaders are learning, the Haredim tremble before God—not politicians. This week they are protesting in the street and courts against new harsh lockdown restrictions on ZIP codes in Brooklyn, Queens, Binghamton, and Rockland and Orange Counties, including several Haredi neighborhoods. Imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, the rules also shut down schools, restaurants, bars and gyms. But the Governor singled out religious institutions in “hot zones” for special limits. No more than 10 people allowed. A quorum of 10 men is the bare minimum...
  • Missouri governor says he'll pardon St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters after indictment

    10/08/2020 7:49:41 AM PDT · by Zenyatta · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/7/2020 | Aris Folley
    Missouri Gov. Michael Parson (R) vowed on Wednesday to pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the white couple who drew national attention over the summer after footage of them pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home went viral, after the pair was indicted on charges related to the incident the day before. Parson said at a news conference on Wednesday that he "most certainly would" issue a pardon for the couple should they be convicted on counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence brought against them over the June incident, according to The Associated Press. "We'll...
  • FEC Complaint Filed Against Facebook for Federal Election Campaign Violations

    10/08/2020 4:20:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 6 October, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    John Crump, a regular journalist for AmmoLand News, and Gun Owners of America have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging violations of provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by Facebook, the company. The complaint alleges Facebook (FB), and/or Agence France-Presse (AFP), and Kamala Harris, the candidate for Vice President on the 2020 Democratic ticket, have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act act in the following ways. From the complaint: 1. the prohibition on corporations making in-kind contributions (see 52 U.S.C. §§ 30101(8), 30118);2. the limitations on making coordinated expenditures (52 U.S.C. § 30116(a)(7));3....
  • Arizona State student suing after being fired over her report on Jacob Blake’s criminal record

    10/05/2020 11:22:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-20 | Frank Miles
    Rae’Lee Klein demands to be rehired at Blaze Radio or get monetary damages for violating her First Amendment rights. An Arizona State University journalism student is suing after she was fired from the school’s radio station for tweeting about Jacob Blake’s past accusations of sexual assault. Attorney Jack D. Wilenchik has sent a letter to the public university instructing them to either rehire Rae’Lee Klein, a Cheyenne, Wyoming native, at Blaze Radio or provide monetary damages for violating her First Amendment rights. “Always more to the story, folks,” said Klein in an August tweet with a New York Post article...
  • Vanity, I guess: Is it "wrong" for an American citizen to exercise their 1st Amendment freedom, and refuse to partake of Christianity?

    10/04/2020 6:43:19 AM PDT · by Terry L Smith · 79 replies
    Dear Readers, I post this question: "Is it "wrong" for an American citizen to exercise their 1st Amendment freedom, and refuse to partake of Christianity?" Why would it be 'wrong" for them? What makes it 'wrong'? How would you address that, without stepping on their 1st Amendment right? Do you see the 1st Amendment as a stumbling block for Christianity? Do you think American citizens who make this choice should have 1st Amendment rights? If not, why? Thank you for reading these questions, even if you just shake your head, and move on.
  • Pa. gathering limits are back for now; what should schools do for Friday night football? Gov. Wolf: ‘Stay tuned’

    10/01/2020 12:22:48 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 1 October A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gathering limits are back in Pennsylvania, at least for now, following the latest federal court ruling on the topic. What does it mean for schools that host high school football games or other such events Friday night or this weekend? Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s advice is to stay tuned. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that the Wolf administration’s coronavirus mitigation gathering limits -- 250 people at outdoor events and 25 at indoor ones -- are back in play again while the appeal process works itself through the court system. The news comes after U.S. District Judge...
  • Portland Mayor Warns ‘Far-Right Groups’ to Stay Away from City as Leftist Violence Dominates

    09/25/2020 1:20:14 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/25/2020 | Hannah Bleau
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) warned “far-right groups” to stay away from the city, stating that “intending to intimidate, create fear, commit violence, or spread hate is not welcome here” — However, he has routinely failed to apply the same standard to Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters who have continually inflicted carnage on the city for well over 100 days. “On Saturday, Sept. 26, a group of far-right extremists and white nationalist groups will be coming to our city,” Wheeler said in a Thursday op-ed after touting Portland as a sanctuary city and beacon of racial justice.
  • New Boulder County Public Health order prohibits people ages 18-22 from gathering in any capacity

    09/24/2020 3:20:22 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 100 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | Sep 24, 2020 | Stephanie Butzer
    New Boulder County Public Health order prohibits people ages 18-22 from gathering in any capacity By: Stephanie Butzer Sep 24, 2020 BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — In an effort to slow the sharp rise of positive COVID-19 cases in Boulder, and transmission of those 18 to 22 years old, Boulder County Public Health issued a new public health order that prohibits all people in that age group ini the city from gatherings of any size. This applies to all indoor, outdoor, on-campus and off-campus locations in the city of Boulder, according to the order. In addition, the order identified 36 addresses...
  • Federal Court DENIES Gov. Wolf’s Stay Request.....(checkmate!)

    09/24/2020 2:51:09 PM PDT · by caww · 61 replies
    explorevenango ^ | 10/22/2020 | Aly Delp
    A federal judge today (Tuesday) denied the Wolf administration’s request for a stay on the federal court decision that found some of Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to be unconstitutional. The administration sought a stay on the ruling while also appealing the decision, which was issued by U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman IV last week. .. the Wolf administration “did not proffer any specific evidence to differentiate between the danger allegedly posed by gatherings governed by specific numeric limitations and gatherings governed by occupancy limitations.”