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States declare churches “essential” to exempt them from coronavirus prevention measures
As more states order people to stay home as much as possible and close down commerce to prevent the spread of coronavirus, some states are making sure there’s an exemption for church services.
Countries all over the world have been grappling with temporarily suspending church services, which bring hundreds, even thousands, of people together in small spaces, often touching many of the same objects.
But the desire to slow the spread of the disease is butting up against reticence to ask religious people to make sacrifices in a time of crisis.
In Florida, a stay-at-home order set to go in effect tomorrow will allow people to leave their homes to exercise, take care of pets, and attend “religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, and houses of worship.”
At least 70 people infected with coronavirus linked to a single church in California, health officials say
PRAYER + PEROXIDE FAKE COVID-19 TREATMENTS LEAD TO ARREST OF BRITISH NATIONAL
Hate-spewing teens yell ‘you caused coronavirus bitch!’ at Asian woman
A trio of hate-spewing teens blamed an Asian woman for coronavirus as they attacked her on board a city bus in The Bronx, police said Sunday.
The three girls approached the 51-year-old victim on the bus near Ogden Avenue and West 166th Street, screaming a series of anti-Asian slurs around 3 p.m. Saturday when one of the 15-year-olds hit the Asian woman in the head with an umbrella, cops said.
Utah is considering decriminalizing polygamy. The right wants to blame marriage equality.
Of all the issues facing Utah, the state senate has decided the one that really merits its attention is polygamy. Or, more specifically, the need to legalize polygamy.
This week, the Utah state senate voted unanimously to remove the threat of jail time for ‘anyone’ engaged in polygamy (in this context, polygamy is entirely about men having multiple wives.) The argument for the bill was that it would allow people to report abuses, like underage wives.
Needless to say, the right wing sees it all as a gay plot.
“Gay marriage was always leading to polygamy,” The Federalist, a conservative magazine, declared. “The reason polygamy became inevitable is that once untethered from the concept of man and wife, there is simply no basis for constraining marriage to two people,” the magazine argued.
Montana Boy, 12, Is Found Dead in Home, and Police Say Grandparents and Uncle 'Tortured' Him
A Montana boy is dead and his grandparents and teen uncle face charges after they were allegedly caught on camera torturing him.
On Wednesday, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Sasser Jr., Patricia Batts and a juvenile male following the death of 12-year-old James Alex Hurley, according to a sheriff’s news release obtained by PEOPLE. The juvenile male was identified as James’s uncle.
All three have been charged with deliberate homicide after James was found dead on Feb. 3 of blunt force trauma to the back of his head.
Outrage as Florida six-year-old taken to mental health facility because she was ‘out of control’ at school
12-year-old boy suffers fractured skull after school employee 'body slammed' him
Chick-fil-A's Last U.K. Location Shutters After Months-Long Protest
The last Chick-fil-A in the United Kingdom has flown the coop.
The restaurant, located in a Macdonald Hotels property in the Scottish Highlands, was controversial from its launch in October due to the fast-food chain's history of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Due to this problematic history, Scott Cuthbertson, an LGBTQ activist, had launched a petition calling for its closure, which quickly accrued 1,000 signatures.
Additionally, Patrick Harvie, the first out bisexual member of Scottish Parliament, called on a boycott of the restaurant among his fellow politicians, who often stay at the luxury Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
Kanye West’s new religious fanatic friend joins anti-LGBTQ “freedom march”
Rapper Kanye West announced he will appear at Awaken2020, a stadium-sized prayer rally hosted by some of the nation’s most anti-LGBTQ religious conservatives.
Now one of the organizers of the event has announced he will join an upcoming anti-LGBTQ “freedom march.”
Related: If you’re boycotting Chick-fil-A, why aren’t you protesting Adidas & Kanye West?
Pastor Lou Engle will join “former homosexuals” in Boston to help lead a “rainbow revival.” Engle has said America has become like Nazi Germany because of gay rights. He helped fan the flames of hate in Uganda at a time when this nation was debating whether to enact the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill.
Kanye West’s Dark Turn to the Anti-Gay Christian Right
The world wonders what's happened to America
What happens to a country that is an idea, when that idea turns ugly?
Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the United States has been the leader of the free world economically, militarily, but also -- as communism and fascism fell by the wayside -- as an idea.
They went too far in Iraq in 2003, got too greedy before 2008, and let Syria down in 2013. But still, the US' obsession with painstakingly transparent self-analysis, allocation of blame and rooting out failure, got it back on top. However much you hate it, the idea seemed to justify its existence.
But this has been a difficult month. Well, a difficult year. Actually, scratch that too: everything since November 2016 has been discombobulating. I recall watching American expats, Europeans, Lebanese aghast in Beirut when Donald Trump won. It seemed to them like the wheels were coming off civilization. But surely, they could not forever, as the idea of the United States was designed to be tamper-proof?
Alleged Capital One hacker went by alias 'erratic'
Federal authorities in Washington state said they caught the person who hacked into Capital One’s computers and made off with the personal information of more than 100 million people.
Paige A. Thompson, 33, aka “erratic” online, is charged with computer fraud and abuse after authorities said she took advantage of a misconfigured firewall to access the bank’s credit card customer data, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse
A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children.
The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The group, a separate entity not part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, says no credibly accused brothers are in active ministry.
Catholic priests kept their jobs despite sexual abuse claims: suit
Gay Indianapolis Teachers Targeted by Catholic Church Are Married
'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury
An Illinois grand jury has indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office.
The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, Robert Foley, a senior advisor in the state attorney's office told ABC News.
The first set is related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
Dog Attack Leaves Olympic Trials Qualifier With Gaping Wounds and 21 Stitches
It was just bad luck that Caitlin Keen happened to be running alone along Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails on Sunday morning, leaving her without an ally to immediately help fend off the dog that attacked her.
Having already logged seven miles earlier that morning, Keen was scheduled to meet up with a friend for a few more. But her friend was running late, so Keen set off to get a few more miles in to fill the time. Halfway through that session, the dog appeared.
Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt for Attending ‘Infamously Anti-LGBTQ’ Church
Ellen Page on Thursday criticized Chris Pratt for attending a “infamously anti-LGBTQ” church after he appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and discussed his religious side.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star sat down with Colbert to promote “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” and Pratt said he just finished a 21-day Daniel Fast that he took part in through his church and that his pastor encouraged. He also said the pastor shared with him words of wisdom about balancing fame and his inner self.
“If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you,” Pratt recounted to Colbert.
Page tweeted about the appearance and the pastor shortly after, writing, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
Ellen Page just thrashed Chris Pratt on Twitter & she has a good point
Chicago teacher accused of enlisting friend to beat 9-year-old student with belts at school
A Chicago public school teacher is accused of enlisting the help of a friend to beat one of her 9-year-old students with belts, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the student's mother Thursday.
Asia Gaines filed the suit against the Chicago Board of Education; her son's homeroom teacher, Kristen Haynes; and Haynes' childhood friend, Juanita Tyler.
The suit alleges that Haynes, 50, invited Tyler, 56, to George W. Tilton Elementary School "for the purpose of corporally punishing" Gaines' son, identified only as JC, on Sept. 20, 2018.
Suspect describes killing childhood friend and dumping her body in alleged confession tape: 'It took me half an hour to kill her'
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson is captured in astonishing video deposition squirming, giggling and quoting Bible verses as he's questioned about molesting boys in unearthed footage
Squirming in his seat, Michael Jackson is asked directly on camera whether he's a pedophile in newly unearthed video footage obtained by DailyMailTV.
The King (Perv) of Pop is quizzed by lawyers about allegations of child sexual abuse in what's understood to be the only time he was ever filmed being questioned on the subject during his life.
The iconic singer, who at the time was 37, appears nervous and laughs, giggles and jokes his way through questions about molesting children in the astonishing footage dated March 1, 1996.
GLORIA ALLRED I Have No Doubt ... MICHAEL JACKSON MOLESTED KIDS
White Officer Demoted After Mocking Black Woman Who Walked Home In Freezing Temperatures
A white Detroit police officer has been demoted from his rank of corporal and reassigned from his precinct after posting Snapchat videos mocking a Black woman who walked home in subzero temperatures after having her car impounded.
Steele thought it was a good idea to pull up his Snapchat and record footage of the woman walking away as he and his colleague start quipping, “Priceless,” “Walk of shame…in the cold,” and “Bye, Felicia.” The videos were first uncovered by news station WXYZ. To make matters worse, he used premade filters on the social media app, including “What Black girl magic looks like,” and “Celebrating Black History Month in the captured footage.