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Nevada Governor Changes Up Restrictions On Churches After Criticism From DOJ

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak changed up his restriction on church reopenings in the state late Tuesday evening after getting reamed by the Justice Department for treating them “unequally.”

This is a phenomenon that we have seen play out all across the country as governors, some drunk with power, others just simply scared and trying to keep people safe from the coronavirus, crack down on gatherings. Now, when the crackdown is aimed at all gatherings, it’s not a violation of the Constitution. However, when churches are singled out, then that goes against the First Amendment.

Here’s more on this from Washington Examiner:

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Under Sisolak’s news rules, churches will be allowed to reopen at a maximum capacity of 50 people beginning Friday. The previous regulation only allowed for 10 people. Sisolak’s announcement came after he canceled a news conference because a member of his staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The Justice Department’s letter, dated Monday, warned Sisolak that his phased plan for reopening the state, which allows businesses but not churches greater freedom in capacity limits, is a violation of the First Amendment’s free exercise clause.

“We understand these directives were issued in the midst of an uncertain situation, which may have required quick decisions based on changing information,” the letter read. “We are concerned, however, that the flat prohibition against 10 or more persons gathering for in-person worship services — regardless of whether they maintain social distancing guidelines — impermissibly treats religious and nonreligious organizations unequally.”

The letter sent by the DOJ was similar in tone to one that was delivered to the state of California last week for Gov. Gavin Newsom, asking for churches in the state to be allowed to reopen for services.

President Trump stated on Friday of last week that he would “override” any governor who decided against allowing churches to reopen over Memorial Day weekend.

The First Amendment is one of our most important rights and is critical to a Christian’s belief that God commands us to meet together to worship Him. When this is violated, it goes beyond just breaking the law. It forces people to violate their conscience, which is a sacred place for every citizen.

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Free speech is a fickle thing, and precious too.  If we’re not careful, it can be stripped away but those who hide behind the claim that a “private” company can limit your personal freedoms. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are almost always the culprits here, bending the algorithmic reach of those with whom they disagree. Enter Parler:  A free speech app where only the bare legal minimum of content would be moderated. The platform became incredibly popular with an astonishing swiftness, but soon faced trouble from companies who had previously aligned themselves with Facebook and Twitter’s more controlling stance. Apple, who had previously booted Parler from its App Store, has now relented to the Constitution. Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.” On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch. The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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WATCH: NC Man Slings Rabid Bobcat Across His Front Yard

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For many North Carolinians, neighborhood living brings with it the peace of mind that the most invasive animals you might have to deal with are squirrels who are trying to rest in your attic, or raccoons hoping to fatten up from your trash can.  The Tar Heel state has some bears, sure, but they’re not often the pestering or dangerous type like you might see in the Pacific Northwest or parts of California. But one man this week got up close and personal with a seriously frightening creature this week, after it lunged at his wife from underneath their car. A disturbing video captures the moment a rabid bobcat attacks a North Carolina woman—and the moment her husband grabs it off her and throws it through the air. Kristi and Happy Wade of Burgaw were walking to their SUV to take their cat to the vet the morning of April 9 when the growling animal ran across the street and attacked, WIS-TVreports. After throwing it several feet, Happy Wade eventually shot it after it ran into the couple’s garage and then continued to charge, ABC 11 reports. A neighbor who had been jogging by at the time stopped to help and called 911. Video of the incident is simply unbelievable. https://twitter.com/nojumper/status/1383145940807163904?s=20 The bobcat was injured by Wade and later euthanized by local law enforcement.  An autopsy revealed that the animal was indeed rabid, and the family has been undergoing treatment for their numerous bite wounds.

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