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California Governor’s Ban On Church Services Upheld By Federal Judge

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Apparently, the First Amendment of the Constitution which guarantees freedom for the expression of religion is something that no longer matters in the state of California as a federal judge has decided to uphold the ban on church services put in place by Gov. Gavin Newsom, due to the interest of public health.

Judge John Mendez ruled on Tuesday that Cross Culture Christian Center near Sacramento needs to cease holding services after the church decided to sue Newsom for violating their First Amendment rights to assemble and practice their religion. One of the church’s arguments was that it was being treated unequally since grocery stores were still open along with other businesses deemed “essential.”

Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:

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Mendez wrote that the comparison to grocery stores was unfair since people go to grocery stores to buy things, whereas people go to church specifically to gather. He added that, in the case of a statewide crisis, Newsom has the ability to temporarily suspend its rights.

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“During public health crises, new considerations come to bear, and government officials must ask whether even fundamental rights must give way to a deeper need to control the spread of infectious disease and protect the lives of society’s most vulnerable,” Mendez wrote.

Cross Culture isn’t the only church that has brought a lawsuit against Newsom and his totalitarian stay-at-home orders. California is one of nine states that actually put an outright ban on church services during the coronavirus outbreak. Most states across the country have opted to make religious exemptions for their orders or insisted that churches not hold services larger than 10 people and abide by social distancing measures.

The bottom line here is that the First Amendment does not stop being the law of the land simply because of a pandemic. There’s absolutely no reason to outright ban services. There are plenty of alternative ways for churches to meet together and still abide safely by social distancing measures. That’s the kind of thing that should be put in place, not an unconstitutional ban.

What kind of America are we living in and can we bounce back from this? It’s looking very scary, folks.

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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