Religious Liberty
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Churches ask for equal treatment

Religious Liberty | If a drive-thru restaurant can stay open, why not a drive-in church?
by Steve West
Posted 4/21/20, 05:04 pm

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Wednesday he was “not thinking of the Bill of Rights” when he implemented strict social distancing measures to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and the Democrat likely wasn’t alone. State and local officials across the country, facing a spiraling public health crisis by mid-March, quickly issued highly restrictive public gathering bans and stay-at-home orders—sometimes without considering the constitutional ramifications.

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Barr to local leaders: Don’t target churches

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/15/20, 11:26 am

Local governments have the right to restrict people’s movements to slow the spread of COVID-19, but they cannot place churches under harsher rules than other groups, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday. “Religious institutions must not be singled out for special burdens,” he said in a statement warning the U.S. Department of Justice would protect Americans’ freedom of worship from unfair restrictions.

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Voting from home

Religious Liberty | The coronavirus lockdown may prompt changes in election procedures
by Steve West
Posted 4/14/20, 05:49 pm

Petitions, ballot initiatives, and referendums have often served as tools for voters who feel unheard by legislators to take democracy into their own hands. A voter-driven ballot initiative in 2018 enshrined unborn children’s right to life in the Alabama Constitution, for example.

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