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    Rioters are likely to turn on Christianity

    Nathan Stone writes for the Federalist about a likely turn in the disturbing nationwide campaign to topple monuments and statues. The idea that Christianity is or has been infected with white supremacy is not new. Susan Abrahams, the dean of faculty at Pacific School of Religion, blamed “White…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2020
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    Christians and Black Lives Matter

    Joshua Lawson of the Federalist ponders churches’ responses to recent protests that have sparked riots and looting across the country. As churches across America restart in-person services, Christians and their pastors are feeling the heat. The “heat,” however, is not from the lack of air conditioning in the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 25, 2020
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    Josh Hawley requests investigation of religious liberty violations by state officials

    In a letter delivered to Attorney General William Barr this morning, Sen. Hawley claims: In the past few weeks, state officials across the country have blatantly violated the free exercise and free speech rights of religious Americans. Under the First Amendment, state officials must not treat religious persons…
    Jon Guze, June 9, 2020
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    Attorney general boosts Trump on religious liberty

    Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner highlights U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr’s role in protecting religious liberty. Over Memorial Day weekend, California, Minnesota, and Vermont, three of the five states still upholding complete bans on church services, relaxed their restrictions. These results were a needed win for Trump,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2020
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    Adding religious services to the nation’s political divide

    Andrew Malcolm writes for McClatchy about increasing divisions among Americans over religious services. In the interest of fighting over just about any conceivable thing, even during a national pandemic, Americans are now arguing about the right to assemble together for religious services. You need not be a religious…
    Mitch Kokai, May 28, 2020
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    Churches Sue Gov. Roy Cooper Over Social Distancing Restrictions on Worship

    On Thursday, May 14, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order establishing social distancing guidelines aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Carolina Journal’s Lyndsay Marchello writes: A collection of churches filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, May 14, challenging Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order banning mass…
    Brenee Goforth, May 15, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that COVID-19 restrictions are extending tensions involving religious liberty. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why state policymakers should treat federal COVID-19 relief as a shock absorber.
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2020
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    Samaritan’s Purse booted from NYC despite its work to help with COVID-19

    John Hirschauer writes at National Review Online about the Big Apple’s rejection of a North Carolina-based group that was offering New Yorkers coronavirus relief. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volunteers for Samaritan’s Purse, an Evangelical relief organization run by the televangelist Franklin Graham, have been the most…
    Mitch Kokai, May 8, 2020