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“Letting God fight this battle”

Religious Liberty | One California church moves its worship services outside while others soldier on indoors
by Steve West
Posted 9/22/20, 04:01 pm

After holding indoor services since late August, members of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., gathered in the parking lot to worship from their cars the past two Sundays. Pastor Jack Trieber told congregants that after prayer, fasting, and counsel, he decided not to resist the county’s lawsuit over the Bay Area church’s violations of COVID-19 restrictions. The church had racked up fines of more than $100,000 by the time it and Santa Clara County agreed to drop their lawsuits late Friday.

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Rainbow ruckus at Kroger

Religious Liberty | A lawsuit over standard-issue aprons raises questions of religious accommodation
by Steve West
Posted 9/21/20, 06:03 pm

A nationwide supermarket chain is headed to court after firing two clerks who objected to wearing rainbows, according to a federal complaint filed on Sept. 14.

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Hacking Hong Kong’s religious liberties

Religious Liberty | Mysterious hackers disrupt a church talk on politics, raising concerns about internet surveillance
by Erica Kwong
Posted 9/18/20, 02:17 pm

On Aug. 30, Hong Kong’s Church of Christ in China (CCC) Tuen Mun Church hosted the third in a series of talks on the history of church-state relations in mainland China over the videoconferencing platform Google Meet. About 50 church members joined the call, which included a lecture by a seminary professor and a Q&A session. 

Early in the call, organizers received requests from users named “Chinese National Security Bureau Hong Kong Branch,” “Chinese National Security,” and “Shenzhengovernment.”

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