France to Include Religious Views in Police Files of Potential Extremists

France to Include Religious Views in Police Files of Potential Extremists

(Evangelical Focus) — The government of France will include information about faith and political opinions in the police files of people who could be a threat to national security. The Interior Ministry has issued three decrees that now allow to collect information about the “political opinions,” “philosophical or religious convictions” and “labor union membership” of […]

Ontario Church Elders Summoned to Court for Holding Services During Lockdown, Face Up to $10K in Fines

Ontario Church Elders Summoned to Court for Holding Services During Lockdown, Face Up to $10K in Fines

WATERLOO, Ontario — All six of the elders and pastors of a church in Ontario, Canada received a summons to appear in court after they held in-person church services on Dec. 27 with more than 10 people. The elders, who have refused to temporarily stop services altogether yet have put social distancing and other protective […]

Churches, Faith-Based Schools Ask Va. Gov. Not to ‘Force’ Christians to ‘Violate Their Consciences’ or Pay $100K in Fines

Churches, Faith-Based Schools Ask Va. Gov. Not to ‘Force’ Christians to ‘Violate Their Consciences’ or Pay $100K in Fines

RICHMOND, Va. — A number of churches, faith-based schools and businesses have signed an open letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, asking him not to enforce the so-called “Virginia Values Act” in a way that attempts to “force” Christians to violate their deeply-held convictions under penalty of law that includes up to $100,000 in fines […]

Va. Christian Schools, Pregnancy Center Network Sue to Operate in Accordance With Biblical Values

Va. Christian Schools, Pregnancy Center Network Sue to Operate in Accordance With Biblical Values

LEESBURG, Va. — Three Christian schools and two of the churches that operate them, along with a pregnancy care center network, have filed a preemptive lawsuit to challenge the 2020 “Virginia Values Act,” which they say would prohibit them from firing those whose lifestyles are contrary to the ministries’ purpose and mission. “The Virginia Bill […]

UK Police Apologize for Bursting Into Church During Broadcast

UK Police Apologize for Bursting Into Church During Broadcast

(The Christian Institute) — Police in the U.K. have apologised to a pastor after bursting in on his service broadcast and incorrectly telling him that he was breaking coronavirus regulations. On Nov. 20, two officers interrupted Daniel Mateola’s service in Milton Keynes, claiming there were too many people assisting with the broadcast and that they […]

Idaho Residents Arrested at City Hall for Singing Hymns Maskless to Push Back Against Mask Mandate

Idaho Residents Arrested at City Hall for Singing Hymns Maskless to Push Back Against Mask Mandate

MOSCOW, Idaho — A religious gathering at City Hall in Moscow, Idaho resulted in several arrests after some of those gathered were taken into custody for not complying with police directives after defying COVID-related restrictions, including not wearing masks — a mandate that was extended to Jan. 5 by city council. According to the Moscow-Pullman […]

Professors Propose Making COVID Vaccinations Mandatory: ‘Do Not Honor Religious Objections’

Professors Propose Making COVID Vaccinations Mandatory: ‘Do Not Honor Religious Objections’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In an article recently published by USA Today, three professors at Case Western Reserve University — two of whom are doctors — call for COVID vaccinations to be mandatory, with no allowance for religious objections. They also suggest that “disincentives” be imposed to ensure compliance, from the revocation of certain government benefits, to […]

California Bans Singing in Church Over Coronavirus Spread

California Bans Singing in Church Over Coronavirus Spread

(KTLA via CNN Wire) — While you can still attend in-person church services in California, you can’t sing. The state, to curb a rapidly worsening pandemic, has temporarily banned singing and chanting in places of worship. “Practices and performances present an increased likelihood for transmission of COVID-19 through contaminated exhaled droplets and should occur through […]

Minneapolis Burning: Violence, Riots Break out in City Following the Killing of George Floyd by Police

Minneapolis Burning: Violence, Riots Break out in City Following the Killing of George Floyd by Police

MINNEAPOLIS (The Daily Beast) — Flames and black smoke poured into the sky here early Thursday as protests over the death of George Floyd took a violent turn, with multiple local businesses and residential buildings near police headquarters set ablaze and at least one person fatally shot in the area. Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder […]

Breaking: 9th Circuit Upholds Calif. Gov. Newsom’s Ban on In-Person Church Services in 2-1 Decision

Breaking: 9th Circuit Upholds Calif. Gov. Newsom’s Ban on In-Person Church Services in 2-1 Decision

(Newsmax) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that Democratic California Gavin Newsom’s ban on in-person church services during the coronavirus pandemic can stand. In a split ruling, the court said the government’s emergency powers supercede what in typical times would be fundamental constitutional rights, the Washington Times reported. The lawsuit, filed by […]

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