Confirmation could focus on faith
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and a committed Catholic. During a hearing for her appointment to the Seventh Circuit, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said of Barrett “the dogma lives loudly in you.” Since then, some have echoed Feinstein’s concerns that Barrett’s faith will unduly influence her judgment, while others point out that applying a religious test for judicial appointments is unconstitutional.
“No serious person actually believes that Judge Barrett would be a theocrat imposing her religious views on a pluralistic republic,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “In fact, her record shows otherwise, as confirmed even by many who disagree with her rulings.”
Baptist church sues D.C. over COVID restrictions
Capitol Hill Baptist Church filed suit against the District of Columbia over restrictions on church gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The church said in the suit that D.C.’s restrictions, which currently limit indoor and outdoor religious gatherings to 100 people, have been applied in a discriminatory manner. Capitol Hill pointed to the D.C. government’s support of recent protests, stating the church “takes no issue with [the district’s] decision to permit these gatherings” but does “take exception to Defendants’ decision to favor certain expressive gatherings over others.”
Hearing delayed: MacArthur’s church continues to meet
Grace Community Church and Pastor John MacArthur are holding worship services despite state restrictions and a preliminary injunction granted in September. A hearing isn’t scheduled until mid-November in Los Angeles County Superior Court, due to COVID-related restrictions. “This ruling prevents Los Angeles County’s attempted rush to judgement in its continued prosecution of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church for courageously exercising their First Amendment rights,” said an attorney for the church.
Baptists prepare almost 500,000 meals after hurricanes
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have readied more than 477,000 meals for survivors of Hurricanes Laura and Sally. The response includes volunteers from Illinois, who traveled to DeRidder, La., to help residents clean up from high winds and torrential rains.
Americans—including Christians—struggle with relational health
Barna Research reports 58% of U.S. adults have at least one relational or emotional health issue that impacts their most important relationships, and 54% of practicing Christians say the same. The recent research also reports on the self-reported emotional well-being of pastors, which has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources: Baptist Press, ERLC, Religion News Service, Illinois Baptist, Barna Research