Calif. Allows 25 Percent Capacity for Indoor Church Services or 100 People, Whichever Is Smaller

Calif. Allows 25 Percent Capacity for Indoor Church Services or 100 People, Whichever Is Smaller

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Health (DOH) released new guidelines on Monday pertaining to the reopening of places of worship, allowing attendance of up to 25 percent building capacity or 100 congregants, whichever is smaller. County health departments must still give the green light for the resumption of services and the DOH will […]

‘It Is Not Time’: NYC Mayor de Blasio Says it Would Be ‘Dangerous’ for Large Church Services to Resume Right Now

‘It Is Not Time’: NYC Mayor de Blasio Says it Would Be ‘Dangerous’ for Large Church Services to Resume Right Now

NEW YORK — Speaking during his coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he believes it is too soon for large indoor church services to resume as meetings of that magnitude would be “dangerous” right now. He expressed disagreement with President Trump’s call to immediately reopen churches — if […]

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 […]

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 […]

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