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Evangelical Lutheran Church Installs First Transgender Bishop

(Headline USA) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed its first transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. "My call is ... to be...

Calif., Counties STILL Writing Settlement Checks ($1.3M) to Churches Over Lockdowns

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) The state of California continues to settle with churches over restrictions it imposed on houses of worship during the year-long shutdown ordered by Gov. Gavin Newsom. In the latest round of settlements with three churches, the state and two counties are paying a total of $1.3...

Federal Court Rules Against Catholic School That Fired Gay Teacher

(Associated Press) A gay substitute teacher was wrongfully fired by a Roman Catholic school in North Carolina after he announced in 2014 on social media that he was going to marry his longtime partner, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn ruled Friday that Charlotte Catholic High...

Harvard’s Religious Leaders Elect Atheist ‘Rabbi’ as Head of Chaplain Organization

Harvard University's chaplain organization elected a Jewish atheist, who calls himself a "Humanist Rabbi," to be its president and lead the university's religious groups, the New York Times reported. Greg Epstein's election represents the atheistic beliefs that prevail in Harvard's student body. "There is a rising group of people who no...

5th Circuit Upholds Texas Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court's ruling on Wednesday and decided that Texas may outlaw dismemberment abortions. "Texas has the right to respect the life of unborn children, and it did so when it chose to strictly limit the gruesome procedure of dismemberment abortions," said Alliance...

‘Woke’ Companies Ignore Call to Disassociate from LGBT Leader Who Helped Cuomo

A think tank devoted to fighting corporatism has called upon the CEOs of top companies to pull their support for the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT activist group, after its president helped cover up sexual-harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. BOOKED: @FreeEntProject's Scott Shepard talks with @afncwoodward...

Christian Health Providers Win Injunction Against ACA’s Abortion, Trans Mandates

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction on behalf of religious health care providers who feared the Biden administration would interpret the Affordable Care Act as requiring them to perform abortions or gender-transition treatment against their conscience. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had argued that it...

EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY: Most Religious Exemptions for Vax Will FAIL

An employment attorney in Charlotte, NC is warning those who seek religious exemptions from mandatory COVID vaccines in the workplace could fail, because businesses have liability if they fail to protect workers from the virus. Josh Van Kamp told local area channel WSOC-TV that employers “have a duty to protect workers from...

Seattle-Area Christian Mission Asks Supreme Court to Let Them Hire Believers

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, a Christian non-profit group that aids the homeless, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday after the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that forced it to hire non-Christian employees. The Washington Supreme Court ruled in Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods that the Christian organization...

9th Circuit Rules in Favor of Seattle-Area Church Forced to Fund Abortion

The 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that Washington state cannot force a Seattle-area Christian church to pay for abortion in its health insurance plan, Alliance Defending Freedom reported in a press release. "No church should be forced to cover abortions, and certainly not a church like Cedar Park...

THREE Victories for Campus Religious Freedom in Iowa This Year

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday in InterVarsity v. University of Iowa that America's universities cannot force Christian student groups to accept non-Christians into leadership roles. "What the University did here was clearly unconstitutional," the court's opinion stated. "It targeted religious groups for differential treatment under the...

California Writes $1.35M Settlement Check After COVID Shutdown of Churches

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) One year after Liberty Counsel sued Gov. Gavin Newsom on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, the state of California paid a settlement of $1.35 million on July 15. As a result of Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit, a federal district court in May approved...

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