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California | April 16, 2021

Rock Church to reopen for first time since COVID-19

California | April 16, 2021

While churches across California sparred with local governments over restrictions on gathering for worship, Rock Church took another approach, focusing their efforts on ministries outside the building’s four walls.

“Rock Church has always been very dynamic in that we are multifaceted,” Pastor Travis Gibson, who leads the church’s Point Loma campus, told The Christian Post.

“We don’t just do Sundays, but we also did blood drives, we repaired over 300,095 expired N95 masks and delivered them to responders, we have a prison ministry, and we already had people meeting in parks. We delivered clothing to families in need and had a military festival drive-thru style.”…

(Excerpts from The Christian Post)

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District of Columbia | April 16, 2021

Law Professor Explains the Dangers of Packing the Supreme Court

District of Columbia | April 16, 2021

Democrats are working to follow through on their 2020 campaign promise to expand the Supreme Court, something liberal law professor Jonathan Turley believes is a dangerous precedent, especially in our “age of rage.”

Although Turley called to expand the Court to as many as 17 or 19 members over the last 20 years, he says there’s a stark difference between “reforming” and “packing” the Court — The biggest being how quickly the change occurs.

“Over 20 years ago, I recommended the expansion of the Court to 17 or 19 members. However, that recommendation would occur over many years and would not give advocates the short-term majority that they are seeking. That is the difference between reforming and packing the Court,” the professor wrote on his website. “Even a gradual increase would also face considerable opposition in the Senate, particularly out of a lack of trust that a later majority would add a couple of justices and then renege on continued additions to continue to control the majority of the Court.”..

(Excerpts from the Daily Wire)

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District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Democrats to propose plan to expand Supreme Court

District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Several House Democrats are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

Supporters of the proposal plan to hold a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building. They include U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, and Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Given Democrats’ control of the White House and  Senate, the legislation could allow the party to supersede the court’s current conservative majority by “packing” the Court with liberal justices…

(Excerpts From Fox News)

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California | April 12, 2021

City Authorities Surrounds Business With Chain-Link Fence for Defying CCP Virus Health Orders

California | April 12, 2021

Authorities in a California city have erected a fence around a restaurant after the owners repeatedly defied COVID-19 safety protocols, prompting protests near the eatery, according to multiple reports.

The business, Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill on Magnolia Boulevard in the Southern Californian city of Burbank, was surrounded by a chain-link fence on Saturday to prevent the owners from reopening the restaurant, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A judge ruled on April 9 the owners cannot reopen the restaurant without new permits.

According to photos circulating on social media, crowds of demonstrators both in opposition to and in support of city officials closing down the business gathered near the fenced-in eatery….

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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Arizona, California, Oregon | April 12, 2021

Christian Colleges Fight Lawsuit Designed to Strip their Students of Financial Aid

Arizona, California, Oregon | April 12, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing three Christian post-secondary schools asked a federal district court Friday to allow them to intervene against a lawsuit that seeks to strip all students at private religious colleges of federal financial aid unless their schools renounce core religious beliefs. The suit, filed by a recently formed LGBT activist group on behalf of some current and former students, intends to prevent any students from using tuition grants, student loans, and any other federal financial assistance at schools that operate according to Christian beliefs on sexuality.

The three schools—Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary—are asking the court to allow them to defend the relevant provisions of Title IX, the federal law that is under attack. Among other things, Title IX allows students to use federal financial aid at private religious schools that operate according to their beliefs.

“This lawsuit wants the federal government to tell Christian schools, ‘To continue accepting students who have federal financial aid, all you have to do is to start acting contrary to your own beliefs.’ That’s neither reasonable nor constitutional,” said ADF Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman. “No court should grant a radical request to rewrite federal law and strong-arm religious colleges by stripping their students of much-needed financial aid. For that reason, we are asking the court to let our clients intervene in this lawsuit so that they and their students can defend their freedoms under federal law and the Constitution.”…

(Excerpts from Alliance Defending Freedom)

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District of Columbia | April 9, 2021

Biden to Create Commission on Changes to Supreme Court

District of Columbia | April 9, 2021

President Joe Biden on Friday will order the creation of a commission to study possible reforms to the Supreme Court, including whether to expand the number of justices, which is a key goal of leftist members of the Democratic Party, or setting term limits for justices.

The order will form “the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate,” according to the statement from the White House on Friday.

The panel will consist of former federal judges and lawyers who have argued in front of the Supreme Court, as well as “advocates for the reform of democratic institutions and of the administration of justice,” the White House said. “The expertise represented on the Commission includes constitutional law, history, and political science.”…

(Excerpt from The Epoch Times)

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