How Amy Coney Barrett’s Religious Group Helped Shape a City
Sep 28, 2020

By Adam Wren In 2002, when Amy Coney Barrett moved here to begin her academic career, she joined the faculty at the law school where she’d been a student, attended Notre Dame football games and eventually joined a Primal Fitness gym where she’s currently known for her fierce pullup workout. She also connected with one …

Pastor Who Downplays COVID in Church Makes Volunteers Sign COVID Risk Waivers
Sep 28, 2020 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta For months now, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California has been telling his congregation not to take the virus seriously. He’s openly celebrated the lack of social distancing and face masks in his congregation, once telling a packed house, “the good news is you’re here, you’re not distancing, and you’re not wearing masks.” …

Why the Media and Democrats Should Reject the Christian Right’s Pearl-Clutching and Address Problematic Religious Views
Sep 25, 2020

By Chrissy Stroop America is trapped in an abusive relationship—not just with the pussy-grabbing President Donald Trump, our abuser-in-chief, but also with the Republican Party, its white Christian base, the police, and the increasingly uninhibited “good guys with guns,” whose vigilante actions are evidently becoming increasingly brazen. And unless liberals, leftists, and all Americans of good conscience are …

A new conservative Supreme Court justice could boost religious rights at the cost of LGBTQ protections
Sep 25, 2020 · 1 

By Samantha Schmidt and Sarah Pulliam Bailey A conservative replacement on the Supreme Court for late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, could provide a major boost to religious rights while threatening years of advancements for the LGBTQ community, legal experts and activists say. In cases spanning same-sex marriage rights to workplace protections, the …

NC pastor yells ‘white power’ from truck during weekend Trump parade, videos show
Sep 25, 2020

By Carli Brosseau Unlike most of the speakers at the Trump rally at Ace Speedway on Saturday, Jesse Hursey wore a suit. His black leather shoes shone. His hair was carefully brushed back. The satiny red tie he wore over a light blue shirt flapped in the breeze. Hursey faced the racetrack stands. A crowd …

Megachurch pastor who held no-mask services misses hearing after refusing to wear mask in court
Sep 24, 2020

By Jaclyn Peiser Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Tony Spell, a pastor of a Pentecostal megachurch in Baton Rouge, has preached to hundreds of parishioners to not wear masks while holding indoor, in-person church services and defying an emergency order from the governor prohibiting large gatherings. “We are God’s anointed,” Spell said in an Aug. …

Cult leader who claims to be reincarnation of Jesus arrested in Russia
Sep 24, 2020

By Shaun Walker Russian authorities mounted a special operation to arrest a former traffic police officer who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus and has run a cult based in the depths of Siberia for the past three decades. Helicopters and armed officers stormed communities run by Sergei Torop, known to his followers as Vissarion, and …

Nuns criticize Catholic group for giving Barr award for ‘Christlike behavior’
Sep 24, 2020 · 2 

By Justine Coleman Two nuns criticized the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB) for its plans to award Attorney General William Barr for “Christlike behavior” on Wednesday morning. Sister Helen Prejean slammed the Catholic organization for announcing the Christifideles Laici Award would be given to Barr, who is Catholic, at the annual breakfast. The award honors the recipient …

Why Amy Coney Barrett’s Religious Beliefs Aren’t Off Limits
Sep 24, 2020

By Massimo Faggioli Amy Coney Barrett has risen to the top of President Donald Trump’s short list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court. A Roman Catholic, she is a life-long adherent of the People of Praise, a charismatic Christian group with a highly authoritarian internal structure. Over the past several …

As U.S. Supreme Court nomination looms, a religious community draws fresh interest
Sep 23, 2020

By Daniel Trotta People of Praise, a self-described charismatic Christian community, has faced renewed interest since U.S. President Donald Trump put one of its purported members, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on his short list of candidates for elevation to the Supreme Court. The group says on its …

Prominent evangelical church is the first to sue D.C. over covid-19 worship limits
Sep 23, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein A large, prominent evangelical Capitol Hill church late Tuesday filed a legal challenge to the District, alleging the city government is violating the First Amendment by facilitating and tolerating massive anti-racism protests but forbidding worship services — indoor or outdoor — of more than 100 because of covid-19. The complaint filed by …

Horsham pastor sentenced to 200 years in federal prison for taping himself abusing two children
Sep 23, 2020 · 1 

By Jeremy Roebuck The retired pastor of a Horsham church was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison Thursday for video-recording himself sexually abusing two children over a period of years. Jerry Zweitzig, who led the nondenominational Horsham Bible Church until his retirement in 2016, apologized for his actions moments before U.S. District Judge Wendy …