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Biden Inauguration Priest under Investigation in California

(Associated Press) The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden is under investigation for unspecified allegations and is on leave from his position as president of Santa Clara University in Northern California, according to a statement from the college's board of trustees. Rev. Kevin O'Brien allegedly...

Son of Fla. Couple Arrested over Capitol Protest Pleas for Help

The 22-year-old son of a Florida couple arrested and indefinitely detained by the FBI for participating in the Jan. 6 US Capitol uprising has gone public with a plea for help while struggling to maintain the family farm. In a crowd-funding appeal via Give Send Go, Zack Meggs said the...

Chief Justice Roberts is Sole Dissenter in Campus Free Speech Case

(Associated Press) The Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus. The high court sided 8-1 with the student, Chike Uzuegbunam, and against Georgia Gwinnett College. Uzuegbunam has since graduated, and the public school in...

SCOTUS: California Can’t Enforce Indoor Church Service Ban

(Associated Press) The Supreme Court is telling California that it can't bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can keep for now a ban on singing and chanting indoors. The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions in...

Sitting on $BillionS, Catholic Dioceses Amassed Taxpayer Aid

(Associated Press) Scores of Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S. had more than $10 billion in cash and other readily available funds when they received at least $1.5 billion from the nation’s emergency relief program for small businesses slammed by the coronavirus, an Associated Press investigation has found. The financial resources...

Thousands Sign Petition to Fire Franklin Graham For Support of Trump

More than 17,000 people have signed petition calling for evangelical pastor Franklin Graham to be fired for supporting former President Donald Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 demonstration at the US Capitol. The petition, drawn up by Christian organization Faith America, demands that Graham be dropped from the Samaritan’s...

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...

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