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Churches ‘are among the safest’ public places in the pandemic, says bishop

(Photo: Unsplash/Thays Orrico)The extent of hygiene measures in place across churches has made them "among the safest places for people to attend" in the ongoing pandemic, a senior Catholic leader has said.  Bishop John Keenan, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, praised the "tireless" work of priests, parishioners and volunteers in keeping churches... Read more

Phrase ‘Separation of Church and State’ Is Misused to Exclude Religion from the Public Square, AG Barr Says

Phrase 'Separation of Church and State' Is Misused to Exclude Religion from the Public Square, AG Barr Says On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr delivered a speech addressing the common misrepresentation of the phrase separation of church and state at the 16th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. The event was held virtually due to the... Read more

‘Put Faith in the Public Square,’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Encourages Christians

'Put Faith in the Public Square,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Encourages Christians On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks at Jack Graham's Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. As a Christian himself, Pompeo encouraged believers not to shy away from expressing their faith in the public square despite opposition from critics.Pastor Jack... Read more

Pro-Life Democrats in NYT Ad: Party Is ‘Radically Out of Line with Public Opinion’ on Abortion

Pro-Life Democrats in NYT Ad: Party Is 'Radically Out of Line with Public Opinion' on Abortion More than 100 current and former Democratic leaders signed a letter printed in the New York Times Sunday saying the partys extreme position on abortion is alienating voters and that many Democratic leaders are radically out of line with... Read more

Public life needs a return to ‘humility’

(Photo: Pexels/Markus Spiske)Philosopher Michael Sandel called for a restoration of humility to civil discourse at the Theos annual lecture on Tuesday night. Sandel, the author of The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good, delivered the lecture online via Zoom, with hundreds in attendance. He said political discourse had become "polarised" and "rancorous",... Read more

Evangelical Leaders Ask Ohio’s Board of Health to Deem Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Evangelical Leaders Ask Ohio's Board of Health to Deem Pornography a Public Health Crisis Evangelical leaders in Ohio presented the states Board of Health with a resolution this week that calls for pornography to be deemed a public health crisis.According to CBN News, 74 evangelical leaders in Ohio agreed to sign their name to the... Read more

Does the Bible Trump COVID-19 Public Health Orders? Legal Scholars Say No

Does the Bible Trump COVID-19 Public Health Orders? Legal Scholars Say No (RNS) For the past two Sundays, Grace Community Church pastor John MacArthur has defied Californias COVID-19 regulations by opening the doors of his church, allowing un-masked congregants to sing in close proximity to each other.Lawyers for the church say that Grace... Read more

In Los Angeles, Catholic Schools Plan to Resume In-Person Classes, While Public Schools Go Online

In Los Angeles, Catholic Schools Plan to Resume In-Person Classes, While Public Schools Go Online LOS ANGELES (RNS) While Los Angeles public schools will remain online this fall, Catholic schools in the county still plan to reopen their doors for in-person classes.The Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Wednesday (July 15) told Religion News... Read more

Scottish Government’s block on public worship is ‘simply wrong’

(Photo: Unsplash/Liam Macleod)The Christian Institute is backing calls from an MSP for places of worship in Scotland to open for collective worship sooner than 23 July.  Churches in Scotland are only permitted at present to open for private prayer and funerals. Murdo Fraser, Tory MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said it was "extraordinary" that pubs were... Read more

A call to public leadership

(Photo: Unsplash/Edward Howell)The first words that came to mind were 'Lemmings' and 'cliff' even though that was very unfair to the rodents in question. The radio descriptions of a 'mass movement of people' to the beaches of Dorset were disturbing enough, but the subsequent TV footage was simply mind-blowing. People arrived in droves, apparently oblivious... Read more

Churches to re-open for public worship on 4 July

(Photo: Pexels/Brett Sayles)The Government has confirmed that churches in England can resume public worship from 4 July. The long-awaited announcement came from Boris Johnson in the Commons on Tuesday. The re-opening of churches covers services as well as weddings up to a maximum of 30 people, subject to social distancing measures. Churches in England have already been able... Read more

New Study Shows Significant Increase in Teaching of Evolution over Creationism in Public Schools

New Study Shows Significant Increase in Teaching of Evolution over Creationism in Public Schools Over the last 12 years, the teaching of creationism in public high schools across the U.S. has declined while the time devoted to teaching the theory of evolution has sharply increased, a new study finds.The study, titled "Teaching evolution... Read more

COVID-19 restrictions: public health or persecution? – Mission Network News

India (MNN) — COVID-19 cases surge in South Asia with no slowdown in sight. On Friday, India recorded its highest death toll since the pandemic began. Its coronavirus caseload soared past 200,000 heading into the weekend. More COVID-19 coverage here. Health check during lockdown in April 2020.(Wikimedia Commons) Even so, Indias government began easing restrictions... Read more

Public back re-opening of churches – poll

St Aidan's Bamburgh(Photo: National Churches Trust)A new poll has revealed public support for churches opening sooner than the Government's timeline of July 4. Half of UK adults (49%) agreed that churches and chapels should be allowed to open their doors to the public sooner than July if they can ensure adequate social distancing, compared to only... Read more

Jeff Sessions Says God Called Him to Public Service

Jeff Sessions Says God Called Him to Public Service From his first hello, Jeff Sessions begins to explain why he wants to get his old job as Senator for Alabama back. Sessions had been Alabamas Senator for more than 20 years, before leaving to become the U.S. Attorney General for the Trump Administration.In... Read more

The FAQs: Trump Administration Points Clarification on Spiritual Freedom in Public Colleges and Faculties

[ad_1] What simply occurred? Final week, throughout the observance of Nationwide Spiritual Freedom Day, the Trump administration issued new steering on non secular freedom in public colleges. In a separate motion, the administration additionally proposed a brand new rule to guard the rights of spiritual scholar teams at public universities. What's the new steering on... Read more

Pastor Wang Yi sentenced to jail with out public trial

[ad_1] China (MNN) — Pastor Wang Yi of Chinas well-known Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to 9 years in jail final week. The Chinese language authorities by no means held a public trial for Pastor Wang, however charged him behind closed doorways with inciting subversion of state energy and unlawful enterprise actions. Pastor Wang... Read more

Florida Invoice Would Require Bible Courses in Public Colleges | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] A brand new Florida invoice has discovered simply the factor for these unusual occasions and wayward youths: required Bible lessons in public college. Sound somewhat unusual? Prefer it may run afoul, say, the Structure? By no means thoughts all that. It’s Florida, child. The Hill experiences that the invoice would require each... Read more