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  • 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...
  • 9th Circuit sympathetic to Nevada churches in COVID-19 fight

    12/08/2020 7:07:40 PM PST · by 11th_VA
    AP News ^ | Dec 8, 2020 | By SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A three-member U.S. appeals court panel appeared sympathetic Tuesday to arguments by lawyers for two Nevada churches that say state COVID-19 restrictions treating churches differently than casinos and other secular businesses violate their First Amendment rights. The 9th Circuit panel in San Francisco heard arguments via video from lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley east of Reno and Cavalry Chapel Lone Mountain in Las Vegas who want the appellate court to reverse earlier district court rulings upholding hard attendance caps Gov. Steve Sisolak has set on the size of indoor worship services. They say churches should...
  • Justice Alito Refuses To Enjoin Louisiana's COVID Restrictions On Churches

    11/30/2020 6:35:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 11/28/20 | Howard Friedman
    On Nov. 10, in Spell v. Edwards, a Louisiana federal district court dismissed a suit by megachurch pastor Tony Spell challenging the state's COVID-19 limits on worship services. Plaintiff filed an Emergency Application for an Injunction Pending Appeal with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, contending: This case presents a threshold question that other applicants did not present to this Court in prior religious liberty challenges: Whether the First Amendment places the decision of whether to assemble solely within the jurisdiction of the Church and not the State.
  • Supreme Court Rules Against NY Coronavirus Restrictions (Roberts Sides With Libs)

    11/25/2020 10:34:09 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 43 replies
    spectrumlocalnews.com ^ | NOV. 26, 2020
    As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 to bar the state from enforcing the restrictions against the groups for now, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative's first publicly discernible vote as a justice. The court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented
  • Bremen (Germany) pastor Latzel fined 8,100 euros for sedition [Gay Agenda]

    11/25/2020 7:28:08 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    buten un binnen ^ | 11/25/2020
    (Origianl language is German. I used Google translate and did some editing for readability) The Bremen district court has convicted the pastor of the St. Martini Protestant congregation in the Hanseatic city, Olaf Latzel, of sedition. The presiding judge Ellen Best said on Wednesday that the 53-year-old theologian had incited hatred against homosexuals in a "marriage seminar" posted on YouTube. She joined the public prosecutor's request and imposed a four-month prison sentence, converted to a fine of 90 euros a day for 90 days. The defense had pleaded for acquittal. (AZ: 96 Ds 225 Js 26577/20) The punishment is in...
  • France Declares War on the Mass (Again)

    11/20/2020 6:28:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/19/20 | Jane Stannus
    Thousands turned out for pro-Mass rallies in front of churches in nearly forty cities across France last Sunday, November 15. France is currently enduring another round of lockdowns in which public Masses have once again been declared illegal. Schools are open, supermarkets are open, public transit is available, and you can even go into a church to pray, which you couldn’t during the last lockdown. But you can’t be there while Mass is going on. Not unless you want to be fined 130 euros and see the priest taken away by the police for questioning, as just happened in southern...
  • The Right to Worship Even in a Pandemic

    11/18/2020 7:15:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2020 | Betsy McCaughy
    New York's dictatorial governor, Andrew Cuomo, may have met his match. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down Cuomo's Oct. 6 executive order shutting down "houses of worship " in areas of Brooklyn and Queens, while allowing "essential" businesses, like pet stores, groceries and big-box stores to stay open. Cuomo insists he's battling COVID-19. The Diocese says Cuomo's making a value judgment that going to Target is "essential" but taking communion isn't. Truth is, for devout communicants who are already suffering social isolation during the pandemic, finding the church...
  • Santa Clara County sues San Jose church for 'dangerous conduct' amid pandemic

    10/30/2020 1:30:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    SF Gate ^ | October 30, 2020 | by Eric Ting
    Santa Clara County is suing a San Jose-based church in an attempt to bring the church into compliance with the county's COVID-19 health orders. The county District Attorney's Office and County Counsel filed a joint action in Superior Court this week targeting Calvary Chapel San Jose, an evangelical Christian church. County attorneys allege the church has been hosting weekly indoor church services that draw 600 people without any use of masks or social distancing. Under Santa Clara County's current health order, attendance at indoor religious gatherings is capped at 100 people, and places of worship must implement mask and social...
  • 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...
  • Before Barrett’s “People Of Praise” Democrats Attacked Knights Of Columbus

    09/29/2020 3:27:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | September 29, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    California Democrat Sen. and 2020 VP nominee on the “Harris-Biden” ticket Kamala Harris,, fresh from her epic character assassination attempt during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, seems to have been designated the lead in trying to derail the Supreme Court nomination of 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris’ partner in crime on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Maize Hirono of Hawaii, who plans to make her home visits by taxi after the Green New Deal kills airline travel, has said she will not meet with Barrett, lest her limited intellect be confused with the facts...
  • 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...
  • N.J. raises outdoor gathering limit to 250 people; indoor crowd rules also eased

    06/22/2020 5:18:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    Pennlive ^ | June 22 A.D. 2020 | Matt Arco
    New Jersey residents can now gather in outdoor groups of up to 250 people and rules on indoor groups were also relaxed Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to gradually lift restrictions he ordered to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The easing on gathering limits comes on the same day Murphy announced indoor dining and Atlantic City casinos can reopen to customers with 25% capacity limits on July 2, just in time of the busy Fourth of July weekend. Murphy had set Monday as the date he would likely increase the gathering limits, which now stands at 250 outdoors, up from...
  • Catholic priests, Orthodox Jews sue Cuomo, de Blasio over reopening plan: ‘Blatant double-standard’

    06/18/2020 5:14:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/14/20 | Caleb Parke
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are using coronavirus restrictions as a "blatant double standard" to discriminate against people of faith, using threats of fines and criminal prosecution, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. “Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another?” Christopher Ferrara, Thomas More Society special counsel, said in a statement to Fox News. “These orders, both the emergency stay-home and reopening plan declarations, clearly discriminate against houses of worship,"...
  • ‘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...
  • 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
    theblaze.com ^ | 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...
  • Church Attendance Essential to America's Greatness

    05/27/2020 3:44:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • 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.