Freedom of Religion  (Page 1)

Trump deems houses of worship “essential” and may order their reopening if governors don’t act soon

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 4:00pm 5/24/2020 at 4:00pm
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As I was making plans with my husband for Memorial Day weekend, my husband asked me how long it had been since I had gone to Mass.

We had just started the season of Lent when the California’s Governor Gavin Newsom mandated a coronavirus-caused lockdown of the state. Little did I realize...

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Federal Appeals Court Bars Kentucky From Banning Drive-Up Church Services

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 5:30pm 5/3/2020 at 5:30pm
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We have followed several court cases involving bans on drive-in church services, including on in Louisville, Kentucky, and another in Greenville, Mississippi. We addressed likely litigation in the age of pandemic at our April 26, 2020, live event, Constitutional Rights in the Age of Government Overreach.

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Greenville (MS) backs down, will permit drive-in church services

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:30pm 4/23/2020 at 1:30pm

The City of Greenville, Mississippi, made news by banning drive-in church services, where parishioners stayed in their cars to listen to services over the radio, but permitting drive-through and drive-in restaurants and alchohol stores.

The Temple Baptist Church sued, after being threatened with $500 fines. We covered the lawsuit,

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U.S. Dept. Justice files court support for Mississippi church barred from holding ‘drive-in’ service

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:30pm 4/14/2020 at 3:30pm

Some local and state governments have tried to ban religious services, including drive-in Easter services, even though conducted in accordance with CDC ‘social distancing’ guidelines.

It’s government power grabs for the sake of power grabs. We highlighted this past weekend how a federal judge barred Kentucky from such anti-religious action, Federal Court...

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Gov’t Gone Wild: Controversy Swirls over Michigan Governor Order on Non-Essential Purchases

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 7:00pm 4/12/2020 at 7:00pm
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Recently I documented numerous examples of government overreach during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Did you think that would end? Nope.

Here are some more examples from Michigan, Kentucky, and Virginia.

 

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Federal Court Prohibits Louisville Mayor from Banning Easter Sunday Drive-in Church Service

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 5:42pm 4/11/2020 at 5:42pm
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The Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, has threatened to fine anyone who attends a drive-in Easter Sunday church service, even though attendees would remain in their cars in the parking lot.

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Attorney General Barr Defends Religious Liberty from Secular Progressives in Remarks at Notre Dame

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 12:00pm 10/15/2019 at 12:00pm
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When you read things like this, it becomes easier to understand why so many on the left revile Barr. He was an excellent choice for Attorney General by Trump.

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Winning: VA Rule Change Allows Bibles, Christmas Decorations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5:00pm 8/29/2019 at 5:00pm
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Under the Obama regime, the VA underwent major restrictive changes in terms of religion and Christmas, with various VA’s around the country instituting a range of bans.  Bibles, high school...

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SCOTUS: 1925 Bladensburg ‘Peace Cross’ can stay on public land

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10:45am 6/20/2019 at 10:45am
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The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has ruled that the 1925 ‘Peace Cross’ Memorial erected to remember World War I dead can stay on public land. The Opinion is here.

Here is an explainer about the case from The Federalist Society:

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Sued A Third Time, Ostensibly Over “Gender Transition” Cake

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 4:00pm 6/15/2019 at 4:00pm
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Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado is once again the target of a lawsuit.  This time, the family-run bakeshop is being sued not by Colorado but by the complainant, Attorney Autumn Scardina, in the dropped suit filed by the state.

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Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Freedom of Religion on Campus

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:00pm 5/16/2019 at 12:00pm

This ties directly into the protection of free speech as well. Kudos to these senators.

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Republican senators introduce Equal Campus Access Act to protect students’ religious freedom

Three Republican senators have proposed legislation in an effort to protect college students’ freedom of religion on campus.

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Mike Pence Tells Liberty University Students to Be Prepared to Defend Their Christian Faith

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 1:30pm 5/12/2019 at 1:30pm
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Pence knows what he’s talking about on this topic. He is right to issue this warning as well.

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Mike Pence tells Liberty University graduates to prepare to be ‘shunned,’ ‘ridiculed’ for being a Christian

Vice President Pence warned the 2019 graduating class at Liberty University in his commencement address that they...

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New Poll Shows Half of Americans Favoring Religion Playing Bigger Role in Society

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00pm 4/23/2019 at 7:00pm
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A new poll conducted by Pew Global Views revealed that at least half of the Americans questioned support religion playing a larger role in society.

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Texas AG Launches Investigation After San Antonio City Council Intentionally Excludes Chick-fil-A From Airport Contract

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:30pm 4/3/2019 at 5:30pm
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A few weeks ago, a viral article by Think Progress accused Chick-fil-A’s foundation of actively supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations. The article was cited and reposted by news networks and individual blogs alike, and for the gazillionth time, calls to boycott the world’s best chicken sandwich bounced around progressive spheres of the web.

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After forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross, Utah teacher now on leave

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4:00pm 3/9/2019 at 4:00pm
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Like millions of Catholics this past Wednesday, I attended Mass and began the season of Lent by having an ash cross marked on my forehead.

One student who also observed Ash Wednesday and went to school with an ash cross was forced to wash it off by a teacher, despite pleas from...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop wins again – CO drops prosecution for refusal to bake ‘gender-transition cake’

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00pm 3/5/2019 at 7:00pm
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The second attempt by the State of Colorado to punish Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop has come to an end, once again, with a victory for the baker.

Round 1 was the baker’s refusal to create a custom cake for a same-sex marriage, on the ground that it violated the baker’s Christian...

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Rider University Dean Resigns Over Ban on Chick-fil-A in Defense of Company’s Christian Values

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1:00pm 3/5/2019 at 1:00pm
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In the fall of 2018, Rider University in New Jersey surveyed students to find out which restaurant they would like to have on campus. Students preferred Chick-fil-A, but that choice was rejected by university leadership, which felt the company’s corporate values were insufficiently inclusive.

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