Faith (page 5)

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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
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    What accounts for the decline of religion in American life?

    Lyman Stone attempts to answer that question in a new paper published by the American Enterprize Institute. The title is “Promise and peril: The history of American religiosity and its recent decline,” and the key findings are: American religiosity is in rapid decline according to numerous measures. However, Americans…
    Jon Guze, May 4, 2020
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    Martin Center column highlights disturbing trend in religious studies

    Mark Pulliam writes for the Martin Center about the disappearance of religion from campus religious studies. Many academic disciplines have gotten “woke” in recent years, especially in the humanities and social sciences. For the most part, this transformation has occurred in plain view as colleges created departments for (and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 29, 2020
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    Martin Center column notes uncertain future for liberal Baptist seminaries

    Chris West writes for the Martin Center about questions surrounding the future of one form of higher education. Between recent seminary closings and a general decline in admissions, the future may not bode well for some Baptists schools in higher education. The difficulty moderate and liberal schools face, however,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2020
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    Churches’ role in reopening America

    Ira Stoll argues in the New York Sun that churches could play a major role in helping America recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not the politicians who have the power to re-open America, or at least the parts that are now closed. It’s individuals, families, businesses, and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2020
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    Four ways Wake County’s order against church drive-thru service is unconstitutional

    First, it's a clear violation of people's religious freedoms. Those are the very first rights secured from government usurpation in the Bill of Rights.
    Jon Sanders, April 8, 2020