Weekend News Bytes — May 4, 2020

Weekend News Bytes — May 4, 2020

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Over the weekend, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it sided with a Virginia church suing Gov. Ralph Northam for violating its Constitutional right to freedom of religion. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she believes Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s denial of sexual assault. On Saturday, former President George W. Bush released a video calling for unity to which President Trump responded in kind.

DOJ Gets Involved in Lawsuit

On Palm Sunday, Lighthouse Fellowship Church on Chincoteague Island, VA, held a 16-person church service. The building can fit 293 people and the 16 people who attended participated in social distancing. The church says it did not have the means to conduct online services and many in the congregation didn’t have access to the internet.

Police in protective gear served a summons to Pastor Kevin Wilson for holding the service. State officials said Wilson and the church violated the Virginia Constitution by not following the state-imposed social distancing restrictions designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. The DOJ sees it very differently.

Late last week, the DOJ joined the church in a lawsuit against the state for violating their right to freedom of religion. In a statement of interest joining the lawsuit, the DOJ alleges the state “treats religious organizations less differently than a secular organization.” The DOJ has repeatedly said the pandemic does not end Constitutional rights and that governments should stop overstepping their authority.

Whitmer Believes Joe

Last week, allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden sexually assaulted a young staffer in 1993 intensified. Biden denied the charges. He’s been gaining endorsements from many Democrats who unfairly sought to bring down Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh without any due process during nomination hearings in fall 2018. Democrats coined the term, “I believe her,” even though the allegations were not corroborated.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday morning she “believes Joe,” and the allegation is not consistent with the person she knows. Whitmer said every woman should be heard, and a case should be made based on the facts. It appears Whitmer has joined the chorus of Democrats who want due process for Democrats while not believing it’s necessary for Republicans.

Bush vs. Trump

On Saturday, former President George W. Bush released a video calling for Americans to unite and set aside partisanship during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said our differences were small and that “we are not partisan combatants.”

On Sunday, President Trump asked on Twitter where Bush was during the impeachment and said he was nowhere to be found.

While Bush’s message of unity is welcome now, Trump seems to wish that message was there in the president’s time of need. The impeachment trial did ultimately fail, but Bush’s commentary might have helped to smooth out the process.

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