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House Democrat Says ‘Amen and Awoman’ Prayer was ‘Misinterpreted’

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., defended saying “amen and awoman” after his opening prayer in Congress this week after being mocked online. Cleaver told the Kansas City Star said he did not expect to be made fun of for the “lighthearted pun,” which was really just an an attempt to recognize...

New Mexico Gov. Fines Churches $10,000 Each For Holding Christmas Eve Services

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham fined two churches $10,000 apiece for violating the state’s coronavirus restrictions by holding in-person services on Christmas Eve. The churches, Legacy Church and Cavalry Church, posted videos on their respective social media pages showing hundreds of parishioners gathered together singing Christmas carols during Christmas...

Supreme Court Denies Kentucky Christian School’s Plea to Reopen

(Headline USA) The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block an order by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear that bars in-person K-12 education until early January in areas allegedly "hard hit" by COVID-19, rejecting a plea from a private religious school. The court said in an unsigned opinion that Beshear's order will...

Rep. Tlaib Backtracks After Saying Holocaust Gives Her ‘Calming Feeling’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., told Jews on Tuesday that she loves them and does not hate them, despite years of hostility toward Jews and Israel, the Sun Sentinel reported. "Tell everybody, I don’t hate you. I absolutely love you," Tlaib said during an online panel hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace,...

Nevada’s COVID Rules That Prefer Casinos to Churches Struck Down by 9th Circuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's unconstitutional limits on the size of religious gatherings, Liberty Counsel reported. "The dominoes continue to fall following the Supreme Court’s decision that these COVID restrictions violate the First Amendment," Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver...

Northam Increases Restrictions, Lectures Va. Churchgoers: ‘You Don’t Need to Sit in a Pew’

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam implemented new coronavirus restrictions this week and lectured churchgoers for attending in-person services. Northam’s new restrictions include a tighter 10-person limit on the number of people allowed in social gatherings; a curfew; and a mask mandate for all Virginians ages 5 and older. Notably, Northam did not...

HOA Tells Family They Must Remove Cross from Christmas Yard Decorations

A homeowners' association in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to fine a family $100 per day for displaying a Christian cross, WTVD reported. The Mulberry Park Homeowners' Association sent the Faison family, which has lived in the neighborhood for five years, a violation notice for the "wooded cross structure." The board members...

Starbucks Employee FIRED for Refusing to Wear LGBT ‘Pride’ Shirt; Sues Company

A former Starbucks employee sued the company this week alleging that she was fired because she refused to wear a T-shirt that promoted LGBT “pride” due to her religious beliefs. According to the lawsuit, Betsy Fresse attended a meeting in her manager’s office at a New Jersey location in June...

Attorneys Appeal Case Where Judge Dismissed Juror for Seeking God’s Guidance

Law firms filed an appeal in United States v. Corrine Brown, a case that tests whether jurors have the right to pray for God's guidance in reaching a just verdict. A juror said he prayed for guidance during deliberation and received an answer from the Holy Spirit, First Liberty reported. The district...

Appeals Court Upholds Tennessee’s Ban on Race, Sex & Disability Abortions

(Headline USA) A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as well as prohibit the procedure if it's based on the race or sex of the fetus. Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called "reason bans" earlier...

French Catholics Protest Lockdown Order, Saying ‘Let Us Pray’ & ‘We Want Mass’

(Headline USA) With banners reading "Let us Pray" and "We Want Mass," Catholic protesters held scattered demonstrations around France on Sunday to demand that authorities relax virus lockdown measures to allow religious services. In the western city of Nantes, hundreds gathered in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary,...

JUSTICE ALITO: COVID Restrictions Can’t Become a ‘Recurring Feature’

(Headline USA) Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday sounded an alarm about restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus, saying they shouldn't become a “recurring feature after the pandemic has passed.” “The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said in an address to the conservative Federalist...

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