The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the governor Friday for penalizing "New Yorkers who wish to engage in protest activity but are barred from doing so."
California must "mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature" when deciding which public gatherings to allow.
"I don't feel like the decision we made was irresponsible," Paster Jacobsen said during a Sunday sermon.
Pastor Tony Spell had been under house arrest since late April after he allegedly backed a bus into a man protesting his decision to hold large church services in defiance of public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the poll, "born-again Protestants" were most likely to feel that the coronavirus was a sign from God, with 43 percent feeling strongly, while 28 percent of both "mainline Protestants," and Catholics felt the same.
Over 1,000 pastors in California have reportedly vowed to reopen their churches for in-person services on May 31, regardless of whether preventative restrictions meant to contain the spread of COVID-19 remain in place.
"We respectfully submit that the restrictions on in-person church services are more burdensome than they need to be in order to accomplish our shared goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19," the letter read.
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A group of church leaders in Michigan filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, alleging her recent executive orders violated their First Amendment rights.
Jay Nixon, a lawyer and former two-term Democratic governor of Missouri, is defending Jim Bakker's "religious freedom" after the televangelist was sued by the state for allegedly promoting a fake coronavirus cure.
President Trump saw a double-digit drop in support among white Christians since coronavirus pandemic measures began in mid-March.
The presence of a rival food giveaway may have caused a Florida pastor to lose his cool and allegedly knock out a Rotary club president who was arranging to give food to the needy.
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"I am not guilty of defying any orders," Spell said Tuesday. "The only thing I am guilty of is practicing my faith which was given to me by Jesus Christ himself."
"He shoots people obscene finger gestures and shouts vulgarities," Pastor Spell said of the protester on Monday.
Rev. Tony Spell, who has continued to hold large church services in defiance of public health restrictions due to COVID-19, claimed that a coroner's finding that an elderly church member died from the virus is "a lie."
For decades, churches have been trying, seemingly in vain, to reach America's youngest generations. A global pandemic might end up changing that.
What I am wondering is, both in the particular Kentucky case and around the country in general, where is the protest and opposition to this government lockdown of Christian places of worship?
The states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.—New York, New Jersey and Michigan—are among those including exemptions for religious services in their stay-at-home orders.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced 242 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the state's largest single-day increase since the pandemic began.
Rev. Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church has insisted that his parishioners are not in danger because COVID-19 is "politically motivated."
Basing their decision in Jewish law, the Chief Rabbinate wrote, "The loneliness is painful, and we must respond to it... but not by desecrating the holiday."