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California church wins building battle

Religious Liberty | Judge dismisses lawsuit over the zoning of an old YMCA
by Steve West
Posted 11/17/20, 12:09 pm

Residents of the Dos Vientos neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said yes to the YMCA but no to a church that wanted to rent its building when the health and fitness center shut down. When the city of Thousand Oaks approved the sale and subsequent lease of the old YMCA to Godspeak Calvary Chapel, neighbors formed the Dos Vientos Community Preservation Association to oppose it. After a more than two-year battle, a Ventura County judge dismissed the association’s lawsuit last week.

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Churches, synagogues appeal for worship rights again

Religious Liberty | Shuttered Catholic diocese and synagogues ask Supreme Court to intervene
by Steve West
Posted 11/17/20, 11:52 am

The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in New York City filed emergency appeals in the past week asking the Supreme Court to bar enforcement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most recent restrictions targeting in-person attendance at church services.

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Free to serve children?

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court considers religious liberty rights of faith-based foster-care agencies
by Steve West
Posted 11/06/20, 01:52 pm

Toni Simms-Busch, one of the foster mothers suing in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, recalls the moment she heard the city was attempting to shut down Catholic Social Services. She said she “felt like she had been kicked in the stomach.”

“Catholic Social Services saved the lives of my children,” she said.

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