Religious Liberty
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Trump calls on governors to reopen churches

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/20, 02:21 pm

President Donald Trump on Friday called churches, synagogues, and mosques “essential,” insisting that governors allow them to reopen this weekend. He also said he’d “override” state leaders if they didn’t follow his instructions. During a trip to Michigan on Thursday, the president said he instructed federal health officials to release guidance to help churches reopen. “They’re going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches,” he said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We got to get our churches open.”

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Foster families in the balance

Religious Liberty | Religious child-placing agencies in Michigan await Supreme Court ruling
by Steve West
Posted 5/19/20, 05:19 pm

Chad and Melissa Buck have already adopted five special needs children through St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Michigan. They hope they can adopt one of their adopted children’s siblings as well.

“We’d want to get that call first,” Melissa Buck said. “We believe it’s important to keep siblings together whenever possible.”

But that may not be possible if the adoption and foster agency can no longer place children.

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Judge blocks North Carolina worship limits

by Kent Covington
Posted 5/18/20, 10:52 am

Some North Carolina churches met in their buildings for the first time in weeks on Sunday. A federal judge on Saturday blocked Gov. Roy Cooper’s order limiting indoor religious services to 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor disagrees with the ruling but will not appeal, a spokesman said.

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