Florida Follows Others in Allowing Church Amid Stay-Home Order
Apr 2, 2020

By Jonathan Levin and Keith Naughton Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a stay-at-home order after weeks of rejecting calls for such a measure. But like other mandates ranging from New York to New Mexico, it ensures that Floridians can still attend religious services. The carve-out for houses of worship comes as authorities across the U.S. …

Tony Spell Hires AL Judge Roy Moore to Defend Him, Holds Another Church Service
Apr 2, 2020

By Terry Firma Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell is not relinquishing the spotlight, but he’s decided to share it with alleged child molester Roy Moore, the Alabama judge — no doubt for the greater glory of both. Spell said he hired Moore to defend him against charges related to the embattled pastor continuing to keep his Life Tabernacle Church open. Its closure, and that of …

Union-Busting in the Name of God
Apr 2, 2020

By Amy Littlefield Betsy Pingree has been living with friends for free because she can’t afford an apartment while finishing her dissertation on the precarious conditions of migrant laborers in the 20th century. Standing with fellow graduate-student workers at Boston College who are demanding recognition of their union, she acknowledged the irony. Like many in …

Prince George’s County pastor holds service in defiance of Governor’s order
Apr 1, 2020 · 2 

By Ike Ejiochi A defiant pastor in Prince George’s County appears to have disregarded Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s social distancing rules. State Police interrupted a church service of about 50 people over the weekend, and the entire encounter was captured on cell phone video, and posted on the pastor’s Facebook page. A group of about 50 people gathered …

Texas pastors demand a “religious liberty” exemption to coronavirus stay-at-home orders
Apr 1, 2020 · 5 

By Ian Millhiser Last week, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who oversees the area of Texas that includes Houston, issued an order requiring “all individuals currently living within Harris County … to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities” (in Texas, the title “county judge” refers to the chief executive of a county government). …

‘My Pillow’ Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans To Focus On Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing
Mar 31, 2020

By Jeffery Martin After MyPillow founder Mike Lindell appeared Monday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing to announce his company’s intention to produce face masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the term “My Pillow” became the number one trending topic on Twitter. Lindell told reporters he had diverted 75 percent of …

Viciously anti-LGBTQ group runs Central Park tent hospital & forces volunteers to reject gay rights
Mar 31, 2020

By Bil Browning Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian group that regularly takes advantage of humanitarian crises to spread their far-right agenda, has been revealed as the charity behind a tent hospital that has been erected in New York City’s Central Park. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, leads the group. Graham’s history …

The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague
Mar 31, 2020 · 4 

By Jared Yates Sexton President Donald Trump answered questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. …

There’s No Legal Reason For Churches To Receive Quarantine Exceptions
Mar 27, 2020

By Chrissy Stroop If you’d asked me even two months ago what the next issue or event to spark acrimonious church-state conflict was likely to be, I doubt global pandemic would have even crossed my mind. And yet, in retrospect, it seems all too predictable. America is a country, after all, in which megachurch leaders …

Tony Perkins Called Coronavirus Precautions ‘Irrational.’ Now He’s Changed His Tune
Mar 27, 2020 · 4 

By Jared Holt Tony Perkins, president of the anti-LGBTQ religious-right group Family Research Council, has completely changed his tune on the ​COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Less than two weeks ago, Right Wing Watch reported that Perkins had told his radio listeners across the country that the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus ​outbreak had been “irrational” and that U.S. media …

How the Pandemic Will End
Mar 26, 2020 · 5 

By Ed Young Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people …

Roy Moore Says Closing Churches Is ‘Tyranny,’ Tells Pastors They Have Duty to Assemble
Mar 26, 2020 · 2 

By Peter Montgomery Roy Moore, the failed Senate candidate and twice-removed former Alabama chief justice, is telling pastors that it is their “duty” to continue church assemblies in spite of public health officials’ social-distancing guideline, the Alabama Political Reporter noted Wednesday. “I am writing a letter to pastors on the duty to continue church assemblies, even in the midst …