San Jose Will Fined a Way to Worship

(FRC) If someone asked you where Christians could be fined $300,000 for worshipping Jesus, most of you would probably say communist China. Try San Jose, California. That’s where liberal local officials have decided to make an example of any congregation willing to stand up to the governor’s ridiculous orders. They’re willing to bankrupt churches and even send Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor Mike McClure to jail for daring to safely gather God’s people.

“I don’t want to break the law,” he said to the congregation on Sunday, “but I’m called to preach gospel.” McClure also made it clear that by showing up, anyone could be in trouble with the law. “…[T]hey could arrest you, give you a fine, or a citation,” he warned. That didn’t seem to deter the 600 or so people in attendance.  (Read More)

Black Education Matters

(Creators.com) Most Americans would probably be shocked and angry if they knew all the dirty tricks used to sabotage charter schools that are successfully educating low-income minority children.

This is not “systemic racism.” It is plain old selfishness on the part of traditional public school officials and teachers unions protecting their own vested interests.

Most of us might see charter schools that succeed where traditional public schools have failed as welcome news, especially in minority communities where there is so much bad news.

But, when there are a million public school students on waiting lists to get into charter schools nationwide, that amounts to many billions of dollars a year that traditional public schools would lose, if all those students could actually transfer.  (Read More)

Election 2020 Exposes Culture War: Overcoming Fear With Truth

(Creators.com) Submitting my weekly column on the morning of the 2020 presidential election was surreal. But not as surreal as walking to work through an apocalyptic cityscape of boarded-up buildings.

No, this isn’t communist Cuba; this is Washington, D.C., the supposed center of the free world.

Even more disquieting than the scenery is the knowledge that my own organization, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (UrbanCURE), has been targeted by ShutDownDC, a left-wing group promising to execute vigilante justice if the election doesn’t play out to its liking.  (Read More)

This Supreme Court Case on Foster Care Could Have Big Implications for 3 ADF Cases

(Alliance Defending Freedom) In 2017, Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia placed 226 children in loving foster homes while overseeing 100 foster families every day.

But in 2018, that all came to an abrupt halt.

Just days after the City of Philadelphia issued an urgent call for 300 more foster parents, it cut ties with Catholic Social Services and the 100 different foster families that it serves.

Why the mixed messages?  (Read More)

We Can’t Let Democrats Keep Using Coronavirus as Excuse to Shut Down Churches

(LifeNews) During the course of the COVID-19 crisis, an ongoing, and very legitimate, national debate has continued about the wisdom of lockdowns.

The decision to shut down social and commercial activity in the name of health is itself arbitrary. Then, the decision to decide what to shut down and what not to shut down, what activities are more essential than others, adds more arbitrariness.

These decisions reflect the values and priorities of those with power who are making them. In our increasingly secular society, this is posing enormous problems and challenges for religious freedom.  (Read More)

How To Stop Schools From Replacing True Virtue With Leftist Virtue Signaling

(The Federalist) I used to believe that the main problem with education in America was that our public schools, community colleges, and four-year universities had surgically removed all traces of virtue from the curriculum. I no longer believe that to be the case. Indeed, I believe that the current situation would be better had they done so!

Had our secular schools really jettisoned virtue altogether, then their students would have noticed the absence and awakened from their moral stupor. We are, after all, creatures made in the image of a holy God who is himself the standard of virtue and who is the author of our desire to reach for that standard. Yes, we are fallen now and depraved, but that desire, that innate yearning to enact the virtuous behavior for which we were created, persists.  (Read More)

U.S. marshals find 45 missing children, survivors of human trafficking, in ‘Operation Autumn Hope’

(Just The News) The United States Marshals Service has recovered 45 missing children in Ohio and West Virginia,” the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said Monday.

Attorney General David Yost said the effort – Operation Autumn Hope – is the largest anti-human trafficking effort in state history.

More than 50 agencies were involved in the operation that resulted in the rescue of more than 100 human trafficking survivors and led to 179 arrests. It was unclear as of Tuesday morning when the effort started.

Most of the arrests were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking task Force and the Marshal Service, in conjunction with the office of the Ohio Attorney General.  (Read More)

BSU shutters pro-police coffee shop; owner engaged to Boise cop shot fives time on duty

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Left-wing cancel culture has claimed a victim on Boise State University’s campus. Now, more than 20 students are out of work because student government officials successfully bullied a small business into shutting its doors.

A few weeks ago, Big City Coffee opened a second location in Boise, housed in Albertsons Library on the Boise State University campus. Just last Thursday, owner Sarah Fendley shuttered the new campus location for good.

More than 20 female students who had been hired to work in the small shop suddenly found themselves unemployed during a pandemic.

Why did Big City Coffee close? Outrage from woke social activists who deeply misunderstood and mischaracterized the owner’s political beliefs.  (Read More)

Nuns For Trump: What They Know That The Press Doesn’t Know

(Faith & Freedom) The press and their polls are working feverishly to convince America that Trump will not—cannot, win the election.

Joe Biden is resting comfortably in his basement, while his people are taking on an air of inevitability—much like the Hillary campaign did 4 years ago.

However, there’s a group of Catholic nuns who aren’t convinced. And they showed up at Trump’s rally in Ohio Saturday wearing their habits and their MAGA masks—In the front row.

One held a big Bible, while others had rosaries.

Maybe the nuns know something the radical Left and their press doesn’t know.  (Read More)

Gov. Newsom on Thanksgiving: Count Your Many Restrictions

(FRC) This Thanksgiving, Californians have a variety of onerous government restrictions to be thankful for. Near the top of the list (right under worship bans) come the restrictions on Thanksgiving itself.

Here are some mandatory highlights:

  • “All gatherings must be held outside.”
  • “Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited.”
  • “As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering.”
  • “Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.”
  • “Gatherings should be two hours or less.”
  • “The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.”

What does this mean for your Thanksgiving feast?  (Read More)

EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Suspends U.S. Border Chief For Celebrating Wall’s Protection From Illegal Aliens

(The Federalist) Twitter suspended U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post celebrating the success of the U.S. southern border wall keeping violent criminals from reaching American communities.

According to screenshots shared exclusively with The Federalist, Twitter locked Morgan’s account Wednesday afternoon for apparently violating platform rules governing “hateful conduct” after the commissioner attempted to tweet about the wall’s benefits.

“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” Twitter wrote in an email explaining the suspension. As is clear from the banned post’s text, the commissioner did not threaten anyone based on race, national origin, or anything else.  (Read More)

‘Born This Way’ Is Old Science

(Breakpoint) During the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii expressed outrage and shock that the nominee used the term “sexual preference” instead of “sexual orientation.” “Sexual preference,” announced Senator Hirono, “is an offensive and outdated term…used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice—it is not.”

After the exchange, Merriam-Webster which, like most Americans had not gotten the memo with these new linguistic absolutes, quickly changed the definition of sexual “preference” in its online dictionary to indicate that this wording is now offensive.  (Read More)

What Happened When a High School Offered a PragerU Video

(Townhall) As far as HuffPost and the rest of the American left are concerned, no non-left-wing idea should be allowed to enter an American school. Not even for five minutes.

This past month, Maumee High School, a high school near Toledo, Ohio, offered its students a way to receive some extracurricular credit. In the words of the Maumee City Schools administration office — released before the HuffPost-induced uproar:

“Students were offered an extra credit assignment intended to challenge their critical thinking skills …  (Read More)

Christian Animator’s Business Destroyed by Ideological Blacklisting

(Alliance Defending Freedom) “It is not intended to harm or provoke anyone… Any harassment that follows the release of this document is not supported nor condoned by those writing said document, nor those featured within it.”

So begins a six-page treatise that includes usernames, social media accounts (active and inactive), screenshots of private messages, public comments, and anything else you might need to harass one Emily Arant, also known by her YouTube moniker, LupisVulpes.

Emily has racked up over 200,000 followers and earned enough money to put herself through college, all thanks to her animated animal characters.

That all changed this summer when the mob came for her.  (Read More)

Gov’t Agency Denies Religious Couple Right To Foster-Raise Their Great-Grandaughter Because Of Views On Sexuality. Judge Rules In Great-Grandparents’ Favor.

(Daily Wire) After an Idaho state government agency denied the great-grandparents of a 1-year-old girl the right to apply to be her foster parents and eventually adopt her because of their religious views vis-a-vis sexuality, a United States District Judge reversed the decision, holding that the state regulations likely violated the Free Exercise Clause and thus ruling in the great-grandparents’ favor, allowing them to apply for a foster-care license.

As Professor Eugene Volokh writes in Reason, James and Gail Blais, devout Seventh-Day Adventists, wanted to foster and eventually adopt their great-granddaughter, “H.V.” That was prompted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) removing H.V. from her birth parents’ care, then contacting the Blaises about the possibility of fostering or adopting her.  (Read More)

Yes, this really happened in Idaho!

Judging Amy: The Left’s Proclivity for Believing and Empowering Women Is Limited To Their Own

(FRC Blog) “Believe women.”

The slogan, born out of the #MeToo movement, was a common refrain during the Senate Judiciary hearings in September 2018 leading up to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States. Some even inserted an “all” to make it “Believe all women.” Essentially, the message of “Believe women” was to forsake bias and take women at their word.

During the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett last week, the “Believe women” refrain was absent. Maybe it shouldn’t have been. Not because any women were accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct (there are no such allegations against Barrett) but because time and again, the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary—as well as members of the media—refused to take the judge at her word.  (Read More)

Franklin Graham’s daughter to 40M inactive Christians: Vote!

(OneNewsNow) Franklin Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, is urging more than 40 million inactive Christian voters through the outreach, “Non-Essential,” to make their voices heard in November’s presidential election.

The granddaughter of the late Billy Graham and outspoken Trump supporter will be one of the seven evangelical speakers to discuss faith, voting and major 2020 issues at the Non-Essential event, which will be hosted by the creators of Hope Rising, Revive Us, national faith leaders and panelists – including Dinesh D’Souza, Kirk Cameron and Charlie Cameron.  (Read More)

Research Shows Critical Race Theory Is Actually Making People More Racist

(The Federalist) President Donald Trump announced on Sept. 5 an end to critical race theory training in federal agencies. As explained by Russ Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the policy change targets “training or propaganda” pertaining to “white privilege” and efforts to advance the claim that “the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or … that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” On Sept. 22, the president extended this ban to companies doing business with the federal government. He was right on both counts.

Critical race theory and similar academic left perspectives over the last decade stormed the political mainstream through a surge in news and popular media attention.  (Read More)

GFA: Millions of child brides exploited globally

(OneNewsNow) Girls face more danger of exploitation today than ever before, as a newly released report revealed that there are currently more than 650 million “child brides” in the world.

This disturbing reality was divulged in a special report by Gospel for Asia titled, “Rewriting the Tragedies of Girlhood” – awakening the world of this grim and silent tragedy when the U.N. International Day of the Girl was observed on October 11.

Across the world, millions ofyoung girls are being robbed of their childhood and forced into sex trafficking on a daily basis.  (Read More)

A Big Tech Suppress Story

(FRC) Rule #1 of Crisis PR: If you want to discredit a story, don’t try to cover it up. Obviously, that advice never made it to Facebook and Twitter, because when the bombshell broke about Hunter Biden’s emails Wednesday, both companies panicked. Instead of letting the news cycle play out, they made a desperate move — blocking the New York Post’s articles and locking down the accounts of anyone trying to share them. But unfortunately for them, rather than stopping the story, Big Tech became the story.

At best, the American people suspected Twitter was in the tank for the Biden campaign. By Wednesday evening, the company had removed all doubt. In one of the worst miscalculations of this election cycle, Jack Dorsey’s platform didn’t succeed in smothering the doubts about Hunter Biden’s corruption, they managed to confirm them. As Dana Loesch pointed out when her own account was shut down, all Twitter has done is make the accusations about his dirty dealings more credible. “I wasn’t even sure whether or not I believed how the laptop came to light, but the way that Big Tech is reacting only makes it look more [believable].”  (Read More)

Pope Francis calls for homosexual civil unions, bashes Trump in new film

(LifeSiteNews) In perfect time to affect the U.S. presidential election, a new film will premier in North America on Sunday that represents in dramatic fashion Pope Francis’s attack on President Trump as “not a Christian” for the President’s building of the border wall. In the documentary, which premiered in Rome today, Pope Francis has made his most clear statements contradicting Catholic Church teaching by calling for homosexual civil unions to be legalized. Speaking of homosexual civil unions, he said “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

The film Francesco is a fawning and dramatic treatment of Pope Francis, painting the pontiff as a liberator of humanity pushing on many of the hot-button issues dear to the Democrat left.  (Read More)

Idaho parents fight to ensure the teachers union won’t shut down schools again

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) As the West Ada School District announced it would reopen on Wednesday, a group of parents filed a lawsuit arguing this week’s “sick out” was an illegal union strike, and that the teachers union cannot use the threat of another work stoppage to force the district to meet its demands.

“After weeks and months of preparing to return to school, the teachers union held kids’ education hostage because it was not happy with the reopening plans agreed upon by school officials and the community. Not only is this type of behavior morally reprehensible and harmful to our kids, it’s illegal,” said Dustin Hurst, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, which is supporting the parents in this lawsuit. “The teachers union must know that it cannot threaten to withhold education from our kids in order to pressure the community to meet its demands.”  (Read More)

Oregon Closes Small Christian Schools But Allows Small Public Schools to Open

(Alliance Defending Freedom) COVID-19 continues to test the durability of Americans. This year has tested our ability to work, maintain friendships, and enjoy life in the midst of hard times.

But it has also tested whether the United States Constitution can hold up in times of duress. Some government officials seem to believe that they can suspend the Constitution during a pandemic—testing the limits of religious freedom.

In Oregon, government officials are doing just that. And private religious schools are paying the price.

For months, government officials told Hermiston Christian School that it could reopen if it abided by health guidelines. And in good faith, the school spent money to prepare for its fall reopening in compliance with those guidelines. It reassured parents that the school would reopen, and it retained its teachers and staff. Then, the state moved the metaphorical goalposts for reopening…  (Read More)

The biblical truth about gender, sexuality

(OneNewsNow) A new documentary from American Family Studios, releasing today, is designed to equip the Church to answer controversial questions about gender and sexuality from a biblical perspective.

“Every church in America is filled with hurting people asking tough questions like: Can you be gay and be a Christian? What if someone genuinely fills trapped in the wrong body – did God make me this way and is change even possible?” explains Austin Brooks of American Family Studios (AFS).  (Read More)

Socialist Left Panics Over Great Barrington Declaration

(Redoubt News) On October 4, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was authored and signed by professors from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford University Medical School.

In the declaration, these scientists state that Covid-19 lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.

“The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.”  (Read More)