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California to pay $1.35M to settle Harvest Rock Church lawsuit against gathering restrictions

"The order also prohibited unfair treatment of houses of worship in emergency orders, explaining that the state government could 'impose capacity or numerical restrictions on religious worship services and gatherings at places of worship that are either identical to, or at least as favorable as, the restrictions imposed on other similar gatherings of similar risk.'" - C.Post

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Supreme Court vacates ruling against church suing California over worship limits

"...the high court vacated a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that denied South Bay United Pentecostal Church injunctive relief from the pandemic restrictions on in-person worship instituted by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which have since been rescinded." - C.Post

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Supreme Court Lifts California Restrictions on Private Religious Gatherings

"'California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor restaurants,' the majority wrote in an unsigned opinion." - National Review

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San Francisco School Board Rescinds Controversial School Renaming Plan

"The board had moved to forge ahead with a controversial plan to change the names of 44 schools that honor figures [allegedly] linked to historical racism or oppression. But on Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to suspend the effort when it approved a resolution saying it 'wishes to avoid the distraction and wasteful expenditure of public funds in frivolous litigation.'" - NPR

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Hope for CA Churches: Justices Order Review of Virus Rules

"The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices’ recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York." - CLeaders

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