President Trump Says He’s ‘Correcting Injustice’ by Making ‘Houses of Worship’ ‘Essential’ and Will ‘Override the Governors’

President Trump Says He’s ‘Correcting Injustice’ by Making ‘Houses of Worship’ ‘Essential’ and Will ‘Override the Governors’

(Fox News) – President Trump on Friday announced that new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now” after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns. Trump announced the policy for churches, synagogues and mosques, during a short briefing at the […]

‘Bet You Stay Home Now’: Arsonist Burns Pentecostal Building to Ground, Spray-Paints Message in Parking Lot

‘Bet You Stay Home Now’: Arsonist Burns Pentecostal Building to Ground, Spray-Paints Message in Parking Lot

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (Newsweek) — A church in Mississippi that burned down in what authorities say was an arson attack had previously defied the city’s stay-at-home order and was suing officials over lockdown measures. The First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs on Highway 178 was destroyed in a fire in the early hours on Wednesday, […]

US Dept. of Justice Tells Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom to ‘Do More to Accommodate Religious Worship’

US Dept. of Justice Tells Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom to ‘Do More to Accommodate Religious Worship’

WASHINGTON (Christian News Network) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, urging him to “do more to accommodate religious worship” as “there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights.” It noted a discrepancy in treatment by the State — that while […]

NY Pastors Urged to Sign Letter Asking Gov. Cuomo to ‘Prioritize the Reopening of Churches’

NY Pastors Urged to Sign Letter Asking Gov. Cuomo to ‘Prioritize the Reopening of Churches’

ALBANY, N.Y. (Christian News Network) — A letter campaign for pastors in New York state has been launched to collectively ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “prioritize the reopening of churches” amid his “New York Forward” plan. According to reports, while the State is considering allowing small in-person religious gatherings, larger churches will be permitted to […]

Planned Parenthood Affiliates Wrongly Applied for and Received $80 Million in Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

Planned Parenthood Affiliates Wrongly Applied for and Received $80 Million in Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

(Fox News) — Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has learned — and now the federal government wants the money back, saying the affiliates should have known they weren’t eligible for the coronavirus stimulus payouts. […]

Judge Rules in Favor of NC Churches Seeking to Hold Indoor Services: ‘There Is No Pandemic Exception to Constitution’

Judge Rules in Favor of NC Churches Seeking to Hold Indoor Services: ‘There Is No Pandemic Exception to Constitution’

RALEIGH, N.C. (Christian News Network)— A U.S. district judge in North Carolina has ruled in favor of two churches and a ministry that want to hold indoor services but feel prevented from doing so as executive orders from Gov. Roy Cooper have limited “mass gatherings” to 10 people and a later directive said that larger […]

Federal Authorities Announce Forfeiture of Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet From Museum of the Bible

Federal Authorities Announce Forfeiture of Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet From Museum of the Bible

(NBC News) — Federal authorities announced the forfeiture Monday of an ancient tablet inscribed with part of the Epic of Gilgamesh from a museum backed by the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby. The piece, known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, bearing a version of what’s considered perhaps the world’s oldest work of literature, was […]

Oregon Judge Rules Gov. Brown’s Church Restrictions ‘Null and Void,’ but State Supreme Court Reinstates Them

Oregon Judge Rules Gov. Brown’s Church Restrictions ‘Null and Void,’ but State Supreme Court Reinstates Them

PORTLAND, Ore. (The Oregonian) — In a late Monday ruling, the Oregon Supreme Court stepped in to put a hold on a dramatic decision by an eastern Oregon judge that declared not only Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on church gatherings “null and void” but all her “Stay Home Save Lives’’ coronavirus emergency orders. State Supreme Court Presiding […]

NY Gov. Cuomo: Churches Will Be Among the Last Places Permitted to Reopen, Says ‘Nothing to Do With Religion’

NY Gov. Cuomo: Churches Will Be Among the Last Places Permitted to Reopen, Says ‘Nothing to Do With Religion’

Syracuse, N.Y. (Syracuse.com) — Churches and other houses of worship will be among the last things to reopen in New York state, along with concert halls and stadiums. Religious institutions will be part of phase four of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s four-phase reopening plan. That’s because they invite large gatherings, which are a big concern as […]

Nearly 200 Pastors, Ministry Leaders Call on Nev. Gov. Steve Sisolak to Lift 10-Person Limit on Church Services

Nearly 200 Pastors, Ministry Leaders Call on Nev. Gov. Steve Sisolak to Lift 10-Person Limit on Church Services

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Christian News Network) — Nearly 200 pastors and other ministry leaders have signed on to a letter to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to ask that he lift his current 10-person limit on in-person church services — “so long as each church develops, implements, and maintains a safety plan that adheres to applicable social […]

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