Religious Gatherings

A federal district court properly denied a Christian church and pastor’s request for a preliminary injunction against a Covid-19-related 10-person limit on religious gatherings in Illinois, the Seventh Circuit ruled. Governor J.B. Pritzker “abandoned” the limit months ago and the plaintiffs may seek another injunction if he issues a new order reimposing a similar limit.

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Cockfighting

A federal court in Louisiana dismissed Holy Fight Ministries’ suit challenging the state’s cockfighting ban. The group claimed cockfighting is an “essential part of their religious faith,” but the court ruled a “religious belief — no matter how sincerely held — does not act as an absolute shield against generally applicable laws.”

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Law Firm Details Sexual Misconduct by Global Ministry Leader

Ravi Zacharias, who died in May after a high-profile career leading a global Christian ministry, engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via text message and email, according to a scathing, in-depth report from a law firm hired by the ministry.

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