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‘Total And Complete Victory:’ Illinois Governor Withdraws Worship Restrictions

The governor of Illinois has withdrawn restrictions on religious services amid the coronavirus pandemic following lawsuits from the Thomas More Society. The nonprofit law firm hailed Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s Thursday announcement as a victory after the governor said he would remove mandates on Illinois churches requiring no more than 10 or more people to be present at services. ...

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‘Don’t Lie To Me’: Barbra Streisand, Who Said Men Don’t Want To Believe Women, To Attend Biden Event

American singer and actress Barbra Streisand once condemned Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over allegations of sexual assault leveled against him, but Streisand is attending an event for 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, despite his own involvement with sexual assault claims. The pop legend is scheduled to appear at a virtual event with the former vice president on June 11, ...

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Maryland County Backtracks Order Banning Communion, Discouraging Singing At Religious Services

A Maryland county has reversed on an executive order that would have banned communion at religious services had it gone into effect. County Executive Calvin Bell of Howard County, Maryland signed an executive order May 26, scheduled to go into effect Friday, that banned communion at religious services and related how religious institutions, barber shops and other retail establishments could ...

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Pro-Life Activist, Planned Parenthood Trade Blows As Deposition Videos Reignite Fetal Organs Debate

Pro-life activist David Daleiden and Planned Parenthood sparred Wednesday over videos showing Planned Parenthood employees testifying in depositions about the sale of fetal organs. “Daleiden is once again launching baseless claims about Planned Parenthood,” Planned Parenthood tweeted Wednesday.  Daleiden said he will “make sure that law enforcement and the public” see the newly released videos.  Pro-life activist David Daleiden and ...

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Here’s How The DOJ Fought For Religious Freedom During The Pandemic

Governors across the United States have issued orders during the coronavirus pandemic that restrict or prohibit religious services. The Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr have fought back against such restrictions on multiple occasions. “Even in times of emergency,” Barr warned in April, federal law prohibits religious discrimination. Governors and mayors across the United States have issued orders ...

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Chicago Pastor Accuses Mayor Of Lying About Police Presence At Services Violating Lockdown Order

Pastor Courtney Lewis of Cornerstone Baptist Church says police and an official from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office disrupted his Sunday services held in defiance of the city’s stay-at-home order.  Lightfoot denies that police accompanied or escorted this official, though she confirmed that she sent the official to the church.  “The Mayor’s statement is simply untrue and they know it,” Lewis ...

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California DA Launches Investigation Into Whether Tara Reade Lied While Testifying As Expert

A California district attorney’s office is investigating whether 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s accuser Tara Read lied while acting as a witness. Reade testified for many years in domestic violence cases as an expert for the Monterey County District Attorney’s office, Politico reports. Media coverage of Reade’s academic credentials has thrown her years testifying as an expert under the spotlight, ...

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Washington DC To Begin Reopening A Week Early

The mayor of the nation’s capital announced Wednesday that the city will begin reopening from coronavirus pandemic lockdowns Friday. Democratic Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said that since the city has met key thresholds needed to contain new COVID-19 infections, D.C. will begin lifting restrictions starting 12:01 a.m. May 29, according to the Washington Post. The phase one reopening plan ...

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California Church Asks Supreme Court To Block Newsom’s Coronavirus Restrictions

A California church has asked the Supreme Court to block Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on religious services. South Bay United Pentecostal Church of Chula Vista, California, filed a petition over Memorial Day weekend saying that Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions “arbitrarily discriminate against places of worship in violation of their right to the Free Exercise of Religion under the First ...

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Whitmer Says She Censors Herself So Trump Won’t Cancel Aid To Michigan

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she censors her criticisms of President Donald Trump to ensure that Michigan continues to receive aid from the federal government. Asked in an Axios interview if she censors her comments about POTUS “for the sake of continuing to receive federal assistance,” Whitmer said, “Yes.” Whitmer also said she was worried about the criticism she received ...

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Minnesota Governor Backs Down, Allows Religious Services To Resume

Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will allow religious services to resume with restrictions, the governor announced Saturday. The Minnesota governor’s new order allows for worship to resume at 25% capacity and with social distancing, “to proceed as safely as possible during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency,” according to local outlet Kare11. “I have had many meaningful conversations with faith leaders over ...

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McEnany Suggests Reporters ‘Desperately’ Want Churches To Stay Closed

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany jabbed at White House reporters Friday, saying that she found it interesting to be in a room “that desperately wants” churches to stay closed. “Boy, it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed,” McEnany said. McEnany had been discussing President ...

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Trump Threatens To Override Governors If They Do Not Open Churches

President Donald Trump called on governors Friday to open houses of worship “right now,” warning he will override governors’ orders if they do not allow Americans to attend religious services. Trump spoke Friday at the White House where he said governors should allow churches and places of worship to open, saying that if governors have any questions on this, “they’re going to have ...

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Tara Reade’s Legal Representation Leaves Her Amid Doubts Over Her Story

2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s accuser Tara Reade is no longer represented by Douglas Wigdor, Wigdor LLP announced Friday. The firm made the decision May 20 but emphasized in a press release that it still strongly believes that Reade has been “subjected to a double standard in terms of the media coverage she has received.” News that Wigdor had dropped ...

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Media Coverage Of Tara Reade’s Credentials Prompts Review Of Cases Where She Testified As An Expert

Defense lawyers have begun reviewing cases in which 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s accuser Tara Reade testified as an expert following reports that she misrepresented her credentials. Reade said she obtained an undergraduate degree at Antioch University through a protected program for domestic abuse survivors, but a university spokeswoman denied that Reade obtained a degree there.  The Biden accuser went on ...

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