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DOJ Takes Action In Mississippi Drive-In Church Discrimination Case

By Chrissy Clark - Posted at The Federalist: The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it will take action in a religious liberty case involving churches in Greenville, Mississippi, where police officers issued $500 tickets to church members who refused to leave the parking lot for a drive-in Easter church service. The DOJ told Fox News they believe the court filing “strongly suggests that the city’s actions target religious conduct.” The DOJ said the United States files in cases that have “important issues of religious liberty in courts at every level, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.” Attorney General William Barr issued a statement giving guidance on how the DOJ should work with religious-liberty cases. “Religious liberty is a fundamental principle of enduring importance in America, enshrined in our Constitution and other sources of federal law,” Barr said. Read more... 

Police Raid Church’s Drive-In Service, Issue $500 Tickets to Entire Congregation

By Todd Starnes   Police in Greenville, Mississippi raided the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church during a drive-in prayer service and issued $500 fines to everyone in attendance – including many elderly congregants. Pastor Arthur Scott told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that he was astonished by the actions of the police department and the mayor’s office. “One of the police officers said the mayor wanted to make an example of our church,” the pastor said. “I told them to get some more tickets ready because we will be preaching Sunday morning and Sunday night.” Read more here...  Watch video: See also: WATCH: Entire Police Force Storms Second Church in Greenville, Mississippi   (Todd Starnes) Louisville Mayor Forbids Churches From Holding Easter Sunday Drive-In Services  (Todd Starnes) Mississippi church to sue city government for crackdown on 'drive-in' church service  (Washington Times)

Mississippi Gov. Signs Religious Freedom Law Protecting Right to Decline Part in Same-Sex Ceremonies

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : JACKSON, Miss. — The governor of Mississippi has signed into law a bill that provides protections to pastors, faith-based organizations and business owners who object to being complicit in another’s same-sex ceremony. “I am signing HB 1523 into law to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations, and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions, which would include counties, cities and institutions of higher learning,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement on Tuesday. “This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” he said. Read more...