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Some Say If Retail Stores Are Open, Churches Should Be Too. Here’s Why It’s Not So Simple.

Conservative Christian activists have largely framed the debate over whether houses of worship should resume in-person worship as a matter of defending religious freedom. But tucked into these arguments about religious liberty, some have also been pushing a claim that doesn’t seem to stand up to scrutiny ― the claim that if businesses like grocery […]

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Evangelical Leaders Seek To Insulate Churches From Some COVID-19 Lawsuits

As some U.S. churches seek to open their doors for in-person services, a group of mostly evangelical Christian religious leaders is urging Congress to grant faith-based organizations legal immunity from coronavirus-related negligence lawsuits. In a letter submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday, nearly 300 religious leaders said they’re concerned about facing […]

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California Says It’s First State To Prioritize Testing For Some Asymptomatic People

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials say local authorities should test people for the coronavirus in “high risk settings” even if they don’t have symptoms, a change aimed at health care workers, prisoners and the homeless. State officials believe the new guidelines are the first in the country to prioritize testing for people […]

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Dr. Deborah Birx Sees ‘Some Flattening’ Of The Curve, But Warns Against Complacency

Some “shoots of success” indicate social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders have begun to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in the U.S., according to White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, but Americans need to remain vigilant. “We are beginning to see some flattening of the number of new cases per day in […]