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  • Gavin Newsom Taken to the Legal Woodshed at SCOTUS. Again.

    04/13/2021 2:35:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 13 April A.D. 2021 | Spencer Brown
    California Governor Gavin Newsom's political future is yet to be decided as the recall effort against him mounts, but he's already a loser when it comes to his COVID restrictions surviving review by the United States Supreme Court. Newsom's disregard for the rights of his fellow citizens amid the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic set up a series of legal showdowns that saw California's governor lose five times in recent months when his restrictive limitations were struck down by SCOTUS. Three of those five losses came at the hands of one group: the Center for American Liberty. "These wins have been in...
  • Alberta: Canadian Police Barricade Church Entrance, Place High Security Fences to Keep Worshippers Out

    04/07/2021 5:56:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    CBN News ^ | 04/07/2021
    Police have placed roadblocks and fencing around GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta in an effort to prevent worshippers from accessing the building. According to The Post Millennial, law enforcement officers descended upon the property early Wednesday morning. The exact reason for the blockade is unknown at this time. GraceLife made headlines earlier this year after the church's pastor, James Coates was jailed for holding in-person worship services amid ongoing pandemic restrictions. As CBN News has reported, after spending a month behind bars for violating the government's capacity mandates, Coates was released from jail on March 29. Pastor Coates's wife, Erin...
  • John MacArthur’s LA County Church Continues To Fight For Freedom To Hold Indoor Services

    04/04/2021 11:13:05 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | Apr 3, 2021 | Jon Brown
    Attorneys for Grace Community Church in Los Angeles filed documents in court Friday, the latest move in their continuing fight to defend their right to gather for indoor worship services. The church, which has repeatedly made headlines since its leadership decided to resume services last July in defiance of state and local health mandates, was issued an injunction last September by L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff that ordered them against holding indoor services. The injunction also required that congregants wear masks and socially distance even during outdoor services. Grace Community Church and its legal representation will be in court...
  • How not to cower before the COVID police: A Canadian pastor showed remarkable courage when faced by eight armed members of the Calgary police force

    04/04/2021 10:37:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/02/2021 | Andrea Widburg
    One of Jesus’s last acts before his crucifixion was the incident we know as “the cleansing of the temple,” when he thew the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem for defiling God’s house. That image came inexorably to my mind when I saw the video of a Canadian pastor, through sheer force of will, sending eight COVID cops, many of them armed, out of the church. Visually, the video is simple but compelling. The church is on the second story of a building with a stairway leading directly from the front door up to the place where the...
  • UK police officers are breaking up masses during Easter. Do they really feel that they are serving the public good?

    04/04/2021 10:51:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Twitter.com ^ | Apr 3, 2021 | Anna Brees
  • 'No Gestapo Here!': Polish Pastor Tosses Canadian Police Out of Good Friday Church Service

    04/04/2021 10:30:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/4/2021 1000 hrs edt | Beth Baumann
    (If this was posted the search didn't turn it up. Worth the watch. Need more pastors like him.) Calgary police were met with resistance when they attempted to shut down a Good Friday church service for violating COVID restrictions. Artur Pawlowski, the pastor at The Cave of Adullam, told police to leave and not return until they have a search warrant in hand. "You come back with a warrant," Pawlowski said. "Out! Out! Out!" Police were hesitant to leave but the pastor wasn't backing down. "Out of this property, you Nazis!" Pawlowski shouted. "Gestapo is not allowed here!" As police...
  • We Must Be Vigilant in Defense of Religious Liberty

    03/31/2021 11:03:17 AM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 31 March A.D. 2021 | Todd Rokita
    Amid our celebrations of Easter and Passover this year, Hoosiers should pause to appreciate the exceptional nature of our rich heritage of religious liberty. Beyond the confines of a church, synagogue or mosque, Hoosiers enjoy the liberty to exercise their faith in every aspect of their lives — at work, at school, and in their communities — provided they do not threaten the rights of their neighbors. That’s what the First Amendment guarantees. But make no mistake: This liberty is under intense attack, and unless we act decisively to defend it, we could lose one of our most precious birthrights...
  • Federal Judge Rules D.C. Capacity Limits On Religious Gatherings Are Unconstitutional

    03/26/2021 2:10:03 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 24 March A.D., 2021 | Tristan Justice
    A federal district court judge ruled Thursday caps on religious services in Washington D.C. were unconstitutional going into the Easter holiday. Judge Trevor N. McFadden, appointed under former President Donald Trump in 2017, concluded the district’s guidelines set the nation’s capital apart from the 37 states with no attendance caps on church gatherings. The ruling comes just in time for Easter Sunday on April 4, one year after the holiday was interrupted by state and local officials who implemented guidelines to ban large congregations. Restrictions targeting religious services quickly became a theme of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. In Louisville, Democratic...
  • Atheist group files brief supporting Christian student's right to evangelize on campus; "This is Their First Amendment Right"

    09/30/2020 8:23:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/29/2020 | Michael Gryboski
    An atheist group has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit against a Georgia college that punished a Christian student for preaching outside of a limited free speech zone on campus. The American Humanist Association filed an amicus brief on Tuesday in the case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, which will be argued before the United States Supreme Court. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm, filed suit against George Gwinnett College for its treatment of Christian student Chike Uzuegbunam. Although the school has changed their policy on free speech and expression since stopping Uzuegbunam from preaching, they have...
  • Supreme Court Allows Religious Speech Violation Lawsuit to Continue

    03/12/2021 6:56:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2021 / 05:00 pm MT (CNA).- The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a former college student to pursue a remedy against school officials who restricted when and where he could evangelize on campus. In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the court ruled 8-1 that Chike Uzuegbunam, who was restricted from evangelizing on a public college campus, could sue school officials for nominal damages due to an alleged violation of his free speech. Justice Clarence Thomas authored the majority opinion, while Chief Justice John Roberts was the lone dissenter. “To demonstrate standing, the plaintiff must not only establish an...
  • Exclusive — Sen. Tommy Tuberville: ‘Fort Pelosi’ Provides ‘Black SUVs with Secret Service’ to Democratic Congressmen,’ not Republicans

    Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said Democrat representatives, not Republicans, are being provided Secret Service protection per Nancy Pelosi’s directives. Tuberville contrasted Washington, DC’s, reaction to unrest on January 6 with dozens of violent and destructive leftist-driven riots in large American cities in 2020. “This is all coming from the other end of the Capitol building, which is the House, Fort Pelosi,” Tuberville remarked. “Nancy Pelosi is in charge of all this. She was in charge of it when it all happened. The chief of police and sergeant-at-arms resigned, and Pelosi should have been right behind them, because she should have...
  • Toronto Archbishop Urges Parishioners to Contact MPS About ‘Arbitrary’ COVID-19 Restrictions at Churches

    03/09/2021 5:16:59 PM PST · by lightman
    epoch times ^ | 9 March A.D. 2021 | Isaac Teo
    The Archbishop of Toronto is calling on parishioners to contact their representatives about using a percentage of capacity instead of an arbitrary number to limit COVID-19 restrictions at churches, saying the current rules impose “inequities facing our faith communities.” “The province has relaxed restrictions in Grey (Lockdown) regions, with retailers permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity. Yet places of worship, regardless of whether they seat 100 or 1,000 people, must remain at a hard cap of 10 people,” Cardinal Thomas Collins wrote in a letter (pdf) to parishioners on March 5. “Next week, a funeral at St. Michael’s Cathedral...
  • Biden funds program to block foreign religious leaders who oppose LGBT

    02/07/2021 10:12:05 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 4, 2021 | Austin Ruse
    Biden funds program to block foreign religious leaders who oppose LGBTHuman rights advocates who speak out for the natural family could be blocked in the same way certain Russian oligarchs are blocked from entering the United States.The document directs “all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons around the world.” Of most concern to human rights advocates around the world is the provision of $10 million in the upcoming fiscal year to fund the “Global Equality Fund”...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Gavin Newsom’s Lockdown Ban on Indoor Church Services (BREAKING AMEN)

    02/06/2021 8:45:24 AM PST · by hapnHal · 16 replies
    NATIONAL ^ | 6 Feb 21 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Late last night the Supreme Court issued an injunction stopping California’s ban on indoor worship in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship, that it claimed were dangerous because of the coronavirus. The Court ruled in two cases, South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom and Harvest Rock Church v. Newsom. Both churches sued California Governor Gavin Newsom, challenging the state’s total ban on indoor worship services—the most extreme in the nation—which targeted churches for closure while allowing non-essential retail stores such as Macy’s to open to hundreds of customers, as well as hair salons, nail salons, and Hollywood soundstages....
  • Religious Books Seized and Burned in Communist China, Believers Given Jail Terms

    01/31/2021 4:29:31 PM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 31, 2021 | Jocelyn Neo
    Years ago, the horrors of the holocaust paved the way for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; however, our basic right to freedom of religion or belief is still being trampled in societies ruled by totalitarian regimes. In communist China, practicing a certain faith, printing, or even reading religious (books) could result in prison terms and abuse. Spiritual believers in China—be it Christians, Buddhists, Uyghur Muslims, or Falun Gong practitioners—are faced not only with brutal suppression or forced-labor terms but also have their religious books burned or trashed at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The coercive policies...
  • Supreme Court Rules Favorably Toward Inmate Requesting Priest at Execution

    01/27/2021 6:03:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/25/21 | Staff
    Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2021 / 12:55 pm MT (CNA).- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at his execution. In a set of orders released on Monday morning, the court vacated a ruling of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court against Ruben Gutierrez, a Catholic death row inmate in Texas challenging the state’s prohibition of chaplains at executions. In addition to vacating the Fifth Circuit Court ruling, the Supreme Court also sent Gutierrez’s case back to lower courts for reconsideration, in light of findings by a district court...
  • Gabbard warns Biden plan to root out domestic terrors could 'turn our country into a police state'

    01/26/2021 5:50:52 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Just the News ^ | January 26, 2021 - 9:44am | By Joseph Weber
    Former Democratic presidential candidate and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Tuesday called on President Biden and all members of Congress to "denounce" the new administration’s efforts to root out domestic terrorism, which she argues will take away Americans’ civil liberties and "turn our country into a police state." "If you don’t stand up to them now, then our country will be in great peril," Gabbard said in a series of tweets. "Trying to undermine our constitutionally-protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style "surveillance" are also domestic enemies—and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob...
  • YouTube deletes Steve Bannon’s podcast after he interviewed Mayor Rudy Giuliani

    01/09/2021 11:39:06 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    Reclaim the Net ^ | 1/9/2021 | Christina Maas
    YouTube has removed Steve Bannon’s podcast channel, The War Room. The removal happened fast on the heels of the latest episode featuring President Trump’s personal lawyer, and former Major of New York, Rudy Giuliani. YouTube claimed that the podcast violated its terms of service. It appears it did not like that Giuliani speculated on where Capitol Hill protesters came from. “Most of them hadn’t come there with implements to do it and also led on by people from, you know, groups that are experts at it,” Giuliani said on the podcast. “Believe me, Trump people were not scaling the wall....
  • United Nations follows Pope Francis's lead in declaring international day

    12/26/2020 6:29:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Aleteia ^ | December 25, 2020 | John Burger
    United Nations follows Pope Francis's lead in declaring international dayWith unanimous vote in the General Assembly, February 4 becomes the International Day of Human Fraternity.The United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to designate February 4 — the anniversary of the signing of the “Document for Human Fraternity” by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb — as the “International Day of Human Fraternity.”The General Assembly voted Tuesday and invited Member States and the United Nations system to include this celebration in their calendar beginning in 2021.Supported by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Burkina Faso and...
  • OREGON ENDS RELIGIOUS GATHERING CAPACITY LIMITS (reluctantly and quietly)

    12/22/2020 6:45:39 PM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | 12/21/2020 | Steve Elzinga
    Oregon has lifted capacity limits on religious gatherings following a series of US Supreme Court orders that indicated Oregon’s restrictions were likely unconstitutional. The change was made in the “Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart” of restrictions published by the Oregon Health Authority in a low-profile footnote that “Capacity limits for faith institutions are recommended only.” Although the Governor’s COVID-19 website has not been updated as of this morning, OHA documents say this change was effective Friday, December 18, 2020. Other requirements, such as maintaining six feet of social distance between households, regular sanitation, and wearing masks are still applicable. This...