Washington Post: White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance

Washington Post: White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance. “Two White House officials said the first version posted by the CDC was not approved by the White House. Once West Wing officials saw it, they asked the CDC to post a different cleared document without the choir references and other parts. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk about policy discussions, said there have long been concerns within the White House that there were too many restrictions on choirs. A CDC official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the guideline change also said the updated Saturday guidance was approved by the White House.”

Slate: Roberts Upholds COVID-19 Restrictions on Churches, Scolds Kavanaugh

Slate: Roberts Upholds COVID-19 Restrictions on Churches, Scolds Kavanaugh. “Friday at midnight, the Supreme Court rejected a church’s challenge to California’s COVID-19 restrictions by a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals. In a pointed opinion, Roberts indicated that he will not join conservative judges’ escalating efforts to override public health measures in the name of religious freedom. Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s dissent, by contrast, falsely accused the state of religious discrimination in an extremely misleading opinion that omits the most important facts of the case. Roberts went out of his way to scold Kavanaugh’s dishonest vilification of the state.”

The Daily Beast: Trump Goes to Golf Club, Not Church, After Demanding Houses of Worship Open

The Daily Beast: Trump Goes to Golf Club, Not Church, After Demanding Houses of Worship Open. “President Donald Trump headed to his Virginia golf club once again Sunday morning, according to a Wall Street Journal reporter, just days after he made a brief press statement demanding that houses of worship be opened ‘right now for this weekend’ during the coronavirus pandemic.”

‘Sorrowful’: Black clergy members and churches reeling from COVID-19 losses (ABC News)

ABC News: ‘Sorrowful’: Black clergy members and churches reeling from COVID-19 losses. “ABC News identified at least 33 African American bishops, reverends and pastors who led various denominations around the country who have died from the coronavirus, according to an analysis of news reports. There were seven in Michigan (including two from the same church), seven in Louisiana, six in New York, three in Illinois, two in Mississippi, two in Georgia, two in New Jersey, one in Virginia, one in Tennessee, one in Alabama and one in Missouri.”

Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree. “Guidance for reopening houses of worship amid the coronavirus pandemic has been put on hold after a battle between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House, which was resistant to putting limits on religious institutions, according to administration officials.”

Christian Post: Ga. church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus

Christian Post: Ga. church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus. “Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle, an independent Baptist church led by Pastor Justin Gazaway in Ringgold, Georgia, restarted in-person services on April 26. Church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday, however, that they decided to suspend ‘in-person worship services for the foreseeable future’ on May 11 after learning several families had contracted the virus.”