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Chicago Pastor Says Armed Officers Interrupted, Shut Down Church Service

'The only thing she hasn’t done yet is beat the doors down and arrest our members...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly dispatched armed police officers to interrupt and break up a church service last week, according to Courtney Lewis, the pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church. It was...

Minnesota, Illinois Continue to Discriminate Against Churches in Reopening Plans

'To the extent that governors don’t and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce … then we’ll have to address that...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) State governments continue to roll out disparate restrictions for churches, despite the fact that many are allowing businesses to reopen. In Minnesota, Gov....

Mississippi Church That Defied Shutdown Burned to the Ground By Arsonist

'I don't think it's any secret that there's a growing hostility toward churches across the board...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) A Mississippi church that continued to hold services throughout the coronavirus shutdown was burned to the ground by an arson, according to authorities. An unidentified suspect reportedly vandalized and set fire...

DOJ Warns Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom Not to Trample on Religious Liberty

'Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) The Justice Department warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a letter on Tuesday that his slow-moving reopening plan could violate citizens’ religious freedom. DOJ’s letter to CA Gov. Newsom on civil...

‘Ill-Founded and Selfish’: Federal Judge Strikes Down Churches’ Request to Gather

'The record clearly reveals how virulent and dangerous COVID-19 is...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) A federal judge rejected two Illinois churches’ requests for a temporary hold on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order — which prevents churches from holding gatherings of more than 10 people until at least May 30 —...

Despite Fake-News Furor, Liberty U. Ends School Year w/ No Campus COVID Cases

'We finished this year strong---maybe even stronger than ever before because of the ... challenges that this pandemic caused and never quit safely serving our students...' (Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. was maliciously targeted for allowing students to return to the private evangelical university despite...

PRITZKER: No ‘Normalcy’ for Illinois Churches, Businesses Until Vaccine Developed

'Until we have ... enough widespread immunity that new cases fail to materialize, the option of returning to normalcy does not exist...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) Illinois churches will not be allowed to hold services with more than 50 people until a vaccine or some other kind of highly efficient...

Kansas City Mayor Drops Demand for Churches to Record Names of Congregants

'The bad news, which Kansas City must still remedy, is the continued unconstitutional treatment of churches ... compared to other secular gatherings...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) After facing backlash, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, amended an order that would have forced churches to report the names of congregants who...

Wa. Barber Defies Gov. Inslee, Reopens Despite Shelter-in-Place Order

'It is our constitutional right to do what we are doing...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) A barber in Washington state reopened his shop this week in defiance of Gov. Jay Inslee’s shelter-in-place order, arguing that the government cannot infringe upon his “constitutional right” to make a living. Robert Martin, owner of...

Mayor Forcing Churches to Keep Lists of Congregants Who Attend Services

'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...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) A new order passed by Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, will force churches to report the names of congregants...

Justice Department Sides w/ Va. Church in Lawsuit Against Northam

'Prohibiting churches from gathering in groups of more than 10 ... has impermissibly interfered with the church’s free exercise of religion...' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) The Justice Department is siding with a Virginia church that filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ralph Northam over his unconstitutional attempts to prohibit religious gatherings...

Restraining Order Sought Against Wa. Gov. Inslee; ‘Criminalization’ of Bible Study

'If a Washington citizen can visit a marijuana shop ... in a responsible and socially-distanced manner, how are they not allowed to practice faith-based activities...?' (Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) Republican gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed filed a request for a temporary restraining order against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee after Inslee banned...

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