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D.C. Church Wins Religious Liberty Claim For In-Person, Outdoor Worship

When does a government restriction burden congregants’ religious liberty too much, therefore becoming illegal and unenforceable under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? On October 9, 2020, a D.C. federal trial court granted injunctive relief to a church against the D.C. Mayor, in Capitol Hill Baptist Church v. Bowser (Case No. 20-cv-02710). According to this important ruling, government restrictions on in-person gatherings should fail if unevenly enforced against houses of worship acting responsibly and in accordance with their sincerely held doctrinal beliefs.

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Court Order in Hand, Health Officials Seek to Enforce COVID-19 Restrictions at Colorado Religious Conference

The Denver Post Teller County officials are attempting to enforce crowd limits and mask-wearing at an evangelist's religious conference Friday even though it's the last day and attendees repeatedly have ignored orders to comply with Colorado public health orders.

Political Sign Leads to Business Closure in Yoder

The Hutchinson News Though operators of the Et Cetera shop in Yoder are working to find a place to relocate, the existing store will close by the end of the month.

NRA in Crosshairs of Two AGs

The Nonprofit Times Recent board turmoil and financial struggles at the National Rifle Association (NRA) appear to have come to a boil in a lawsuit claiming financial improprieties so vast that the New York Attorney General’s Office is seeking dissolution of the 149-year-old organization.

High court strikes down Whitmer's emergency powers; gov vows to use other means

The Detroit News  In a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications, the Michigan Supreme Court decided Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue orders to combat COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers.

Politics and the Pulpit: Churches Face Slippery Slope When Electioneering

Denton Record-Chronicle Denton Bible Church took some heat in September when it disseminated a flyer urging congregants to vote for certain candidates in upcoming local elections.

Restructuring Governance and Operations May Reduce Risks for Politically Active Exempt Organizations

The National Law Review The Internal Revenue Service released a private letter ruling that startled many advisors of tax-exempt entities as a potentially significant deviation from prior guidance for politically active exempt organizations.

Chicago Reader to Become a Nonprofit in Bid to Stay Afloat Amid Steep Ad Declines

The Chicago Tribune - Leaders of The Chicago Reader, a free alternative newspaper known for its coverage of local culture, have decided to undergo an ownership transfer and become a nonprofit organization.

Hawks Regain Nonprofit Designation

Valley News - A baseball team located in Vermont has successfully regained its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

NJ Sham Charity Shut Down by Attorney General

Shore News Network - Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that a lawsuit filed by New Jersey, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Attorneys General of New York, Minnesota, and Virginia has permanently shut down a sprawling, New Jersey-based charitable fundraising operation that scammed donors out of millions of dollars.

Federal Prosecutors Have Steve Bannon’s Murky Nonprofit in Their Sights

ProPublica Near the end of a lengthy indictment detailing fraud allegations against Stephen Bannon, former Donald Trump campaign CEO and chief strategist and his associates, federal prosecutors reveal that they intend to seize the assets of a murky nonprofit organization Bannon launched in 2017 to promote “economic nationalism.”

Court Order in Hand, Health Officials Seek to Enforce COVID-19 Restrictions at Colorado Religious Conference

The Denver Post Teller County officials are attempting to enforce crowd limits and mask-wearing at an evangelist's religious conference Friday even though it's the last day and attendees repeatedly have ignored orders to comply with Colorado public health orders.

Political Sign Leads to Business Closure in Yoder

The Hutchinson News Though operators of the Et Cetera shop in Yoder are working to find a place to relocate, the existing store will close by the end of the month.