It seems that Maryland churches are being targeted by Maryland healthcare department crisis tyrants. ACRU President Lori Roman, and a Maryland pastor targeted by the local health department, explain why this is an abrogation of everyone's rights.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the early release of inmates while unleashing health departments to threaten the closure of churches, citing COVID health concerns.
Texas AG Ken Paxton has sent a letter to the liberal Cameron County judge and health officials who are demanding faith-based schools stay closed. Paxton’s letter reminds them (we are paraphrasing) that the Constitution is still the law of the land and that religious freedom still extends to religious schools.
Many people of faith want to get back to church, and some are too worried about COVID to attend in person. Both are Constitutionally protected choices. After California Gov. Newsom decided worshippers couldn’t sing, but rioters could “protest,” Sun Valley Community Church Pastor John MacArthur sued the Governor, State AG and LA Mayor over their anti-indoor service restrictions. A judge familiar with our first freedoms sided with the faithful.
Last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty for the Little Sisters of the Poor and Our Lady of Guadalupe School. One decision upheld the right of religious groups to be exempt from providing contraceptive and the abortion coverage, and the other confirmed that faith based schools can make faith based hiring decisions. Meanwhile, in China, its government blocked three US congressmen and an ambassador from entry because they stand firm on religious liberty.
Chief Justice John Roberts ruled this week that religious gatherings have the same constitutional protections as football games or Who concerts and therefore state governments CAN limit access to worship. The Chief Justice sided with the 4 leftist judges to reach this conclusion. We wish we were making this up. This has left us gasping in surprise, but not giving up - EVER - on defending your first freedom to worship.
The ACRU is please to announce this good news from the White House — President Trump's issues Executive Order aimed at advancing America's First Freedom, religious liberty, as a moral and national security imperative.
The Justice Department is urging Nevada to reconsider its flat ban on religious gatherings of 10 or more people.
10/25: ACRU Senior Fellow Kerri Toloczko explains why the left is trying to tear down our constitutional right to religious freedom with increasingly invasive policies.
9/18: Arizona's Supreme Court ruled that two Christian artists could not be coerced into creating wedding invitations for a same-sex couple.