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Michigan High School Under Fire for Allowing Prayer for Coach’s Sick Daughter

A Michigan high school has come under fire after a football coach led his players in a prayer for his sick daughter.



A Michigan high school has come under fire after a football coach led his players in a prayer for his sick daughter.

Lake City High School in Lake City, Michigan, has come under fire after the school’s football coach led students in prayer during what the coach called a “family circle.” The gathering occurred on the football field, but on their own time, not during a school function, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported.

The coach told the media that on August 30 he led the students in a prayer for his own sick daughter.

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“We pray for the young girl. We hope that she gets better soon because for anybody to be ill like that is one thing – but for a little child it goes a lot deeper,” local businessman Bruce DeBoer told television station WPBN.

A video of the poignant moment was shared on a school Facebook page and soon after it triggered a severe microaggression among a gang of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers based in Wisconsin.

“It is unlawful for a school district to schedule prayer at school-sponsored events,” Freedom From Religion legal fellow Colin McNamara wrote in a threatening letter to the school district. “The district must not schedule, promote, or endorse prayer of any kind at any school-sponsored events, including football games.”

The FFRF was especially disturbed to learn that coaches had bowed their heads to pray for the sick little girl.

“Public school coaches must refrain not only from leading prayers themselves, but also from participating in students’ prayers,” McNamara wrote.

He said coaches and public school employees are forbidden by federal law from “even minimal involvement in the prayer.”

Once again the Christian haters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have abrogated the Constitution in the false proclamation that it is illegal to expose public school children to Christianity.

Of course, the Constitution says “freedom of religion,” not freedom “from” religion as the anti-Christian group insists.

As Starnes said in the coda to his report:

“I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of unspeakable evil and hate that would justify bullying townsfolk as they prayed for an ailing little girl.”


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U.S. Supreme Court Hands Trump a Pair of Wins on Religious Freedom Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a pair of important big wins on religious freedom.



The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a pair of important big wins on religious freedom issues this week.

In one case, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, the court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Trump administration regulation that allows employers with religious convictions to opt out of providing contraceptives to their employees, Just The News reported.

In the second, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Beru, also by a 7-2 margin, the SCOTUS prohibited employment discrimination suits against religious organizations where the supposedly aggrieved employee had a religion-centric job.

These are victories against the Obama’s administration’s anti-American Obamacare rules that forced religious employers to act against their religious beliefs.

Obamacare maintained that religious employers would be mandated to provide free abortion and contraception services. Trump’s regulations expanded the exemptions for those requirements.

The SCOTUS ruled in agreement with the Trump policies saying that religious employers could opt out of the mandates.

In the Our Lady of Guadalupe School school case, the SCOTUS upheld the school’s right to require employees to follow certain religious policies if they also served in religious capacities.

In other words, the SCOTUS agreed that employees have no right to a job that requires religious practices and yet thumb their noses at the very practices the job requires.

The high court agreed with a lower court that religious institutions have a “ministerial exception” from these types of employment discrimination lawsuits.

These are two great victories against rules put in place by Obama to undermine Christian schools, churches, and other religious institutions.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down New York Coronavirus Bans On Church Services

On Friday, a federal judge struck down the restrictions banning church services imposed on both New York State and the City of New York.



On Friday, a federal judge struck down the restrictions banning church services imposed on both New York State and the City of New York.

The ruling by District Judge Gary Sharpe insisted that the large-scale protests among church goers undermines the claims by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio that the bans on services are “generally applicable.”

Per theWashington Examiner:

“The State argues, in overly-simplistic fashion, that the challenged laws only incidentally impose a burden on religious exercise, and they are neutral and generally applicable, and therefore, only rational basis need be shown, which is self-evident: preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Sharpe wrote. “The State was silent with respect to the mass race protests.”

Sharpe added that de Blasio’s comments with regard to churches, as well as his attitude toward New York Jewish communities, made it difficult for the mayor to make a “legitimate” claim that he is not biased against people of faith while favoring protests.

“Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio could have just as easily discouraged protests, short of condemning their message, in the name of public health and exercised discretion to suspend enforcement for public safety reasons instead of encouraging what they knew was a flagrant disregard of the outdoor limits and social distancing rules,” Sharpe wrote. “They could have also been silent. But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment.”

De Blasio insisted that allowing tens of thousands to protest in the streets was “not the same thing” as allowing church services to continue unimpeded.

The judge found de Blasio’s claims to be absurd.

The ruling came after a large group of Christian and Jewish church officials sued the state and city over the restrictions.

The ruling will immediately prevent the state and city from preventing churches from opening.

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1,200 California Pastors Organize to Defy California Gov. Newsom’s Ban on Churches

More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.



More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.

The group has pledged to resume in-person church services starting May 31.

Newsom issued his stay-at-home decree to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 19. Per Newsom’s orders, the state is in stage two of his four phase re-opening plan, but that plan does not include a resumption of church services.

The governor claims that his stage two plan does not allow the re-opening of churches, gyms, libraries, theaters, and other places that might entail large groups on close proximity.

But the pastors are not waiting for Newsom’s approval.

The group’s lawyer said the pastors have signed a “declaration of essentiality,” and will reopen on May 31. They also plan to observe to social distancing guidelines and take other coronavirus precautions.

In a letter to Newsom, attorney Robert Tyler said that the gov’s orders overlook the “essential and critical nature of the services provided by clergy and religious assemblies throughout California.”

“The clergy is convinced that ‘we the people’ are ultimately responsible to protect the individual liberties that may be lost unnecessarily during times of crisis regardless of whether public officials’ actions are well intentioned,” the letter said. “Without the checks and balances of the courts and legislature, the clergy now stand as a counterbalance to unchecked regulatory action.”

But the lawyer warned, “This letter was not sent for the purposes of asking for permission.”

Tyler expects as many as 3,000 churches across California could reopen on May 31 and offer in-person religious services. Sunday, May 31, is the Christian holy day of Pentecost.

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Church that Defied Quarantine Razed by Lockdown Loyalists who Leave Message at Scene of the Crime

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.



During this global pandemic, it’s not only the coronavirus that you need to watch out for, as viral and violent vigilantes continue to target those with whom they disagree politically.

In Mississippi, the suspected arson of a small-town church has appears to be the work of lockdown loyalists, who were enraged that parishioners were gathering during this time of quarantine.

A church in Mississippi burned down this week and the incident is now being investigated as arson, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS News First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs had previously defied stay-at-home orders to open for services, and the church even sued the city of Holly Springs for trying to shut down a Bible study gathering.

And what made residents believe that the arson was the work of extralegal ne’er-do-wells?

Investigators said they found graffiti on the church property reading: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.”

Officials in The Magnolia State were shocked and appalled.

 “I am heartbroken and furious,” Governor Tate Reeves tweeted on Thursday, sharing a photo of the now-destroyed First Pentecostal Church. “In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services.”

“What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country,” his tweet continued.

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.

News of the arson broke just hours before a declaration by President Donald Trump in which all houses of worship were deemed “essential“, allowing them to remain open during this time of trouble.

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California Churches Complain About Governor’s Virus Plan, Get Backing from DOJ

Bill Barr and his crew were unmistakable in their language.



Attorney General Bill Barr had previously warned state and local authorities not to infringe on the rights of the religious in their coronavirus contingency plans, but not all have heeded the warning.

In California, for instance, Governor Gavin Newsom had inexplicably categorized houses of worship as “phase 3” establishments, despite the similarities between weekly congregations and other gatherings that would be allowed in earlier stages of reopening.

Now, the Department of Justice is following up with Newsom, and lambasting California’s apparent discrimination against the Golden State’s faithful.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband pointed out that Newsom’s plan allows a variety of businesses to reopen in “Stage 2,” but does not allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen until “Stage 3,” for no apparent reason.

Citing Attorney General William Barr’s April memorandum warning state and local governments to respect First Amendment rights of religious freedom — “[T]he Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” Barr wrote — Dreiband argued that while California could determine the pace of its reopening, it could not infringe on religion…

The language of Dreiband’s warning was unmistakable.

Laws that do not treat religious activities equally with comparable nonreligious activities are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. … Religious gatherings may not be singled out for unequal treatment compared to other nonreligious gatherings that have the same effect on the government’s public health interest, absent the most compelling reasons.

California has not shown why interactions in offices and studios of the entertainment industry, and in-person operations to facilitate nonessential ecommerce, are included on the [essential workforce] list as being allowed with social distancing where telework is not practical, while gatherings with social distancing for purposes of religious worship are forbidden, regardless of whether remote worship is practical or not.

Places of worship are not permitted to hold religious worship services until Stage 3. However, in Stage 2, schools, restaurants, factories, offices, shopping malls, swap meets, and others are permitted to operate with social distancing.

According to Dreiband, these sort of written warnings have been successful in other locales where similar oversights had been made.

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Illinois Governor: No Church Until ‘Widely Available’ Vaccine or Treatment

The move prompted several lawsuits from the Illinois faithful.



While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines worldwide, one of the most pressing issues in the United States is when and how to begin reopening our economy.

We are currently weighing the health risks against the economic risks, and hoping to find a sweet spot right in the middle where we can safely restart the American machine without putting an inordinate amount of “at-risk” citizens in harm’s way.

Some elected officials have chosen to err on the side of optimism, while other, like the Governor of Illinois, are acting so cautiously that their citizens are growing enraged.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to reopen his state calls for bans of gatherings of more than 50 people, including worship services, until a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus is “widely available.”

The Democrat governor released his five-phase plan, titled “Restoring Illinois,” Tuesday, which says even at Phase 4, called “Revitalization,” “50 or fewer” would be permitted at any gatherings as long as testing and tracing are widely conducted.

The state is currently in Phase 2, or “Flattening” the curve, as the rate of infection is slowing.

According to the most recent data, Illinois is the fourth most affected state in the nation, with 73,760 total cases of COVID-19 and 3,241 deaths.

As of May 1, nursing home deaths accounted for 44 percent of Illinois fatalities due to the coronavirus.

The details of the governor’s plan had faithful Illinoisans furious.

According to the plan, it is not until Phase 5, or “Illinois Restored,” when “testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state,” and “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” will gatherings, including religious services, of more than 50 people, be permitted.

On Friday, Romanian churches in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against Pritzker, claiming his executive orders discriminate against churches by restricting worship services to ten people while other commercial entities, such as liquor and “big box” stores are permitted to accommodate larger groups.

The plan drew a number of lawsuits against the State of Illinois, with churches far and wide lining up to blast what they saw as an egregious overreach.


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Facebook Removes Coronavirus Prayers by Army Chaplains After Complaints from Christian-Haters

Facebook removed prayers posted by U.S. Army chaplains after Christian-hating groups complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.



Facebook has removed several prayers posted by several chaplains in the U.S. Army after a Christian-hating group complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

Facebook removed four videos recorded by chaplains Capt. Amy Smith and Maj. Scott Ingram which had been posted to the Facebook page of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, New York.

Facebook moved to delete the “offensive” prayers after the anti-Christian group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRRF) demanded that the social media giant remove them.

The group falsely claimed that the videos were a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“These videos belong only on a chapel page, not on a base’s or unit’s main page,” said Chris Rodda, the hate group’s senior research director, according to Fox News. Rodda added that the group “has been seeing an uptick in a particular type of complaint — overt proselyting videos on official military Facebook pages.”

Per Fox News:

The alleged violations include Smith discussing the Fort Drum Spiritual Fitness Trail in a video that was posted April 17, saying, “You are invited to pray, to pray for the family, to pray for the sick, and to pray for our leaders.” In another video, Smith encouraged people to visit the Fort Drum Labyrinth as a great place to hear God’s voice.

Addressing the coronavirus pandemic on April 2, Ingram said, “God encourages us not to be dismayed by what we see around us, things we cannot control. We can, however, with the best intel in this moment, place our trust in him, walk forward in his strength, and treat others with kindness.”

Not everyone agreed with Fascistbook’s removal of the videos.

Mike Berry, a lawyer for the First Liberty Institute, said he was shocked to find out the news and questioned why MRFF is focused on this issue.

“At a time when our nation is hurting and many feel hopeless, why on earth would Mikey Weinstein attack prayer?” Berry told Fox News. “America has the strongest military in history, but our brave service members are not immune to the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked.”

He added, “I cannot believe the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division raised the white flag of surrender to an anti-religious freedom zealot. Every president, from Washington to Trump, has publicly prayed for our military. If the commander in chief can pray, then our soldiers can, too.”

Exactly right.

The Constitution gives us all freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.

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