Coronavirus

Gorsuch Blasts States for Closing 'Churches Even as They Allowed Casinos' to Remain Open

Gorsuch Blasts States for Closing 'Churches Even as They Allowed Casinos' to Remain Open

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch used a case on COVID-19 and immigration last week to blast the state and federal government response to the pandemic, calling it an intrusion on civil liberties and reminding his colleagues that churches were closed while casinos were allowed to stay open.

Report: PCUSA Lost 100 Churches, 53,000 Members Last Year

Report: PCUSA Lost 100 Churches, 53,000 Members Last Year

In 2022, Presbyterian Church (USA) lost more than 100 congregations and more than 53,000 members, according to the PCUSA Office of the General Assembly.

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $270K for COVID-19 Restrictions on Large Worship Gatherings

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $270K for COVID-19 Restrictions on Large Worship Gatherings

In May 2020, Obama-appointed Judge David Hale of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and allowed Maryville Baptist Church to hold in-person worship services. 

U.S. Church Attendance Has Declined, Slightly, Since Pandemic Started: Pew

U.S. Church Attendance Has Declined, Slightly, Since Pandemic Started: Pew

The share of Americans who attend religious services at least monthly has declined slightly since the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to a new Pew Research Center report that finds a change in habits among all religious Americans but especially among black Protestants.

Calif. County Tracked Church Members during COVID with Cell Phone Data: Court Documents

Calif. County Tracked Church Members during COVID with Cell Phone Data: Court Documents

A California county government used the location data on church members’ cell phones in 2020 and 2021 in order to determine if a high-profile congregation, Calvary Chapel, was violating pandemic health restrictions, according to court documents.

U.S. Energy Department, FBI Say COVID-19 Pandemic Likely Started with Lab Leak in China

U.S. Energy Department, FBI Say COVID-19 Pandemic Likely Started with Lab Leak in China

A new intelligence report from the U.S. Energy Department suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic began following a leak at a lab in Wuhan, China.

Energy Department Says Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of COVID-19 Pandemic

Energy Department Says Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Energy Department (USED) has concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic origin was most likely a laboratory leak.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this conclusion “is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of US national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.” However, people who have read the classified report add that the USED made its judgment with “low confidence” (which means that it is based on highly incomplete evidence).

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