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Amy Coney Barrett is not ‘wildly’ out of mainstream: Britt Hume

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With Judge Amy Coney Barrett‘s name on President Trump‘s short list to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it’s going to be a “very intense” process, Fox News senior political analyst Britt Hume argued Monday night.

The intensity of the Supreme Court nomination hearings has only grown since the “legally shaky” right to abortion began in Roe v. Wade and the real fear that it might go away has “animated these Supreme Court battles ever since,” Hume told “Fox News @ Night.”

“I go back to Bork and Clarence Thomas and so on and character assassination has been the order of the day for a number of these nominations, particularly when it was felt that this was a justice that might tip the balance of the court or a potential justice that might tip the balance of the court one way or the other or at least to the right,” he added.

“In this case with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the liberal wing of the court now gone, subject to being replaced by a conservative jurist, I think it’s going to be very intense, indeed,” Hume said.

FAITH AND FAMILY: A LOOK AT JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT

He responded to criticism from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who called Barrett wildly out of the mainstream Monday night after the president reportedly met with her earlier in the day. Trump over the weekend said he wanted to pick a woman.

“What Sen. Schumer said, now that’s just a wild exaggeration,” Hume said. “Judge Barrett isn’t someone who is wildly out of the mainstream.”

SENATE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE ‘SWIFTLY’ ON TRUMP PICK TO REPLACE RBG: CARRIE SEVERINO

Barrett’s confirmation as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017 was contentious, with several Democratic senators questioning her Catholic faith.

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern,” Hume explained, “the complaint that you heard from Dianne Feinstein was basically simply this: You take your religious faith too seriously as if that is now a vice in contemporary America.”

Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia from 1998 to 1999, responded: “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”

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“[The left thinks] people of faith are to be feared,” Hume said, but noted “the distinction between what you would do in your personal life and how you would conduct yourself and the integrity you would display, is one thing, and one hopes that would spill over into your public life but not necessarily into your judicial decisions if you’re a judge.”

Host Shannon Bream added, “But certainly treating people with fairness and with justice and with love and mercy which we all have been given.”

Fox News’ Evie Fordham contributed to this report

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California rabbi’s attorneys weighing legal action over LA County restricting holiday dinners

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Attorneys representing a California rabbi sent Los Angeles County a letter on Wednesday demanding that they abandon a coronavirus policy restricting in-home gatherings for High Holidays like Yom Kippur.

The letter, signed by First Liberty Senior Counsel’s Stephanie Taub, notified the county that Rabbi Yisrael Gelb would meet with another family despite the order.

“In accordance with millennia-old tradition, Rabbi Gelb intends to gather with another family to observe the High Holy Days safely in the host family’s home,” read the letter, which was addressed to county counsel’s office and Department of Public Health.

“Los Angeles County now has the opportunity to demonstrate whether it intends to follow through on its threat to criminalize the observance of the High Holy Days at a family’s dinner table or whether its profoundly disrespectful language was a mere empty threat. The county must immediately remove all language from county policy threatening to police small, religious gatherings at family homes.”

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First Liberty’s letter served as yet another flashpoint in the ongoing battle over the way jurisdictions like LA County balanced religious liberty concerns with those surrounding social distancing during the coronavirus.

LA County, which previously caught criticism on this issue, released guidance on Sept. 2 specifically mentioning Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, according to First Liberty’s letter. An attached document purportedly shows LA county advising that “individual and family gatherings or parties of any size aren’t allowed.”

“For instance, the following in-person gatherings are not permitted, even if they feel safe: celebrating the new arrival of a baby with a baby shower or gender reveal party … having dinner with extended family and friends to honor the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur),” it read.

The guidance described those and other events as “risky” since “they bring together people who do not live together and increase the chances of community transmission.” The guidance was later updated to exclude mention of those two particular holidays but prohibited “having a meal with extended family and friends for a religious or cultural holiday.”

First Liberty is considering legal action over the issue, arguing that the county is violating the faithful’s First Amendment rights — specifically with a bias that’s revealed by its handling of ongoing protests, the letter argued.

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“Restricting all gatherings with others for the High Holidays is not narrowly tailored to be the least restrictive means of fulfilling the government’s interest,” the letter read. “The county’s tolerance of mass gatherings for protest purposes undercuts any argument that it must prohibit Jewish families from hosting guests for a meal before Yom Kippur.”

In a statement to Fox News, the county said residents could continue holding religious gatherings as long as they abided by social distancing guidelines.

“We recognize that religious services are central to many of our residents’ lives, especially in these trying times, and religious services have been allowed to be held online and outdoors with physical distancing and the use of face coverings, and they may continue to be held with those public health safeguards in place,” read an email by the county’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, Joint Information Center.

The county previously came under fire for seeking $20,000 in fines from a church that held in-person services. “I’m so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest,” Pastor John MacArthur said during a service last month.

MacArthur’s quip touched on a common refrain among conservatives who felt that public authorities would treat their gatherings differently if they were anti-racism protests.

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In June, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., urged the Justice Department to investigate whether state officials applied coronavirus restrictions differently to George Floyd protests than to religious gatherings.

“State officials have violated the free speech and free exercise rights of religious Americans by treating religious gatherings and speech differently than the speech and mass gatherings of protests. I urge you to launch a full civil rights investigation,” he said in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.

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California pastor told Trump: ‘Any real, true believer’ will vote for him over Biden

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Grace Community Church pastor John MacArthur said Friday that he told President Trump “any real, true believer” of Christianity will be forced to vote for him in November, due to the conflicting ideologies between the Democratic party’s platform and a belief in Jesus Christ.

MacArthur made headlines three days ago after LA County moved to hold him in contempt, for holding indoor church services.

The California faith leader told the Falkirk Center the president reached out via phone and the two spoke about the pillars of faith and their importance with regard to the upcoming election.

“We love God, we desire to honor him, and upholding righteousness in a society is what a church is supposed to do,” he explained. “So I said, any real, true believer is going to be on your side in this election because it’s not just an individual, it’s an entire set of policies that Christians cannot, in any way, affirm.”

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MacArthur said Trump thanked him for taking a stand against local officials, who are now reportedly seeking $20,000 in fines against him for his defiance of a state order, which would have prevented him from holding such services.

“The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has decided to continue their unconstitutional attack against Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church,” Jenna Ellis, attorney for MacArthur, told Fox News on Wednesday.

“The government attorneys are essentially asking the court to hold the church in contempt for being open for worship last Sunday. Pastor MacArthur is standing firm that church is essential and has no plans to yield to this tyrannical Board, which is clearly defying the Constitution’s mandate to protect religious liberty,” she added.

Macarthur claimed he also spoke to the commander-in-chief about why it was unacceptable for Christians to vote for Joe Biden or other any other Democratic candidates, saying that to do so would conflict with Biblical scripture.

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“We talked a little bit about why — certainly from a Biblical standpoint — Christians could not vote Democratic,” he’d said earlier in the interview. “Because there’s no way that a Christian can affirm the slaughter of babies, homosexual marriage, or any gross immorality. No way we could stand behind a candidate who’s affirming transgender behavior… these things aren’t even political for us… these things are Biblical.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report 

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Cissie Graham Lynch: Trump ‘unashamed’ of faith in God while Biden’s DNC ‘removed God’

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The 2020 election race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is very important for Christian voters, the granddaughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham told “Fox & Friends First” on Friday.

Cissie Graham Lynch, Franklin Graham‘s daughter, who addressed the Republican National Convention (RNC) earlier this week, urged in her address that “the Biden-Harris vision for America leaves no room for people of faith.”

ROBERT JEFFRESS SHARES MOMENTS WITH TRUMP BEFORE RNC SPEECH, MESSAGE TO HURRICANE LAURA VICTIMS

“For Christians under the Biden-Obama administration, the floodgates of persecution were opened up to people of faith in this country,” she said. “I want to encourage Christians, we cannot sit this election out.”

Pointing to the story of Jon Ponder, who came to know Jesus Christ in a prison cell listening to her grandfather, she said the theme of redemption was a large part of the RNC.

“The RNC’s not ashamed of God,” Graham Lynch said, “I am so thankful for President Trump and his boldness and is unashamed of his faith in God.”

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Graham Lynch said she and her father, who opened the RNC’s final night in prayer, would “gladly” speak at the Democratic National Convention, “but the DNC has removed God.”

“There’s no room for God,” she said.

“Joe Biden said that he would bring the light, that he would remove the darkness, but Jesus Christ said, ‘I am the light of the world that those who follow me will be removed out of darkness.'”

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Graham Lynch also highlighted that Samaritan’s Purse, started by Franklin Graham, is on the ground with a mobile unit in Lake Charles, La., hit hard by Hurricane Laura.

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Robert Jeffress shares moments with Trump before RNC speech, message to Hurricane Laura victims

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Pastor Robert Jeffress shared a message of hope with victims hit hard by Hurricane Laura, now a tropical depression, after responding to the “historic speech” delivered by President Trump at the close of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night.

“It was a great evening. This was really a historic speech, delivered by a historic president, as America finds itself at a historic crossroads,” Jeffress, the pastor of 14,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, told “Fox & Friends First.”

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“Never before have we had two political parties paint such differing views for what they envision for America, but I believe for those Americans who want a country that’s founded on faith and freedom and on law and order, they were excited by what they heard the president say tonight,” he added.

“I was in the West Wing earlier yesterday, and I can tell you that the president was polishing, editing, working on this speech up until the last moment,” Jeffress said. “These were strong words that he delivered but they were his words.”

PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS ADDRESSES ‘ONLY CURE’ TO RACISM AND LAWLESSNESS IN AMERICA

Reacting to Laura hitting Jeffress’ state and Louisiana especially hard, the Baptist pastor shared a message of hope.

“You may feel alone but you’re not alone,” Jeffress said. “There are millions of people who are praying for you right now, but more importantly God is with you.”

Quoting from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, the pastor explained: “God never promised to spare us from problems, hurricanes, or anything else, but he said, ‘I will walk with you through them.’

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“The good news is someday God’s going to create a new heaven and a new earth that’s free of hurricanes, suffering, and every other thing that ruins our lives,” he added. “This is only temporary.”

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LA County files contempt order, requests $8G in fines after church opened amid COVID-19 restrictions

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Los Angeles County is moving to hold a prominent megachurch pastor in contempt of court after he hosted three indoor services Sunday — effectively defying a late-night court order that his church must comply with California’s coronavirus restrictions.

The county is claiming that Grace Community Church, led by pastor John MacArthur, should face $8,000 in fines — or $1,000 each for eight acts of contempt they’re alleging. Lodged on Wednesday, the county’s contempt request underscored ongoing tension between churches and civil authorities imposing restrictions on worship.

“Grace Church cannot thumb its nose at the court when decisions don’t go its way,” the order reads. But MacArthur’s attorney contends that the county is engaging in an “unconstitutional attack” on the church.

“The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has decided to continue their unconstitutional attack against Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church,” Jenna Ellis, attorney for MacArthur, told Fox News on Wednesday.

The government attorneys are essentially asking the court to hold the church in contempt for being open for worship last Sunday, Ellis said.

Pastor MacArthur is standing firm that church is essential and has no plans to yield to this tyrannical Board, which is clearly defying the Constitution’s mandate to protect religious liberty.”

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A county press release portrayed turning to the courts as a last-ditch attempt after working with the church to ensure compliance with coronavirus regulations.

“Many faith organizations have willingly moved their services outdoors, which is permitted as long as public health guidelines are followed,” the release read.

“Unfortunately, Grace Community Church has continued to hold large, indoor services that dramatically increase the potential for COVID-19 transmission. Los Angeles County reluctantly, and as a last resort, has turned to the courts to obtain compliance because, unfortunately, indoor services at the church have continued.”

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The county claims that MacArthur’s church held three indoor services and refused to allow county health officials to access the church premises as they sought to verify compliance with its restraining order.

On Friday, a judge said MacArthur could hold church services, although an appeals court later issued a stay on the lower court’s order, effectively blocking those services.

“I never thought I would see the day when government officials in the United States of America would try to hold a church in contempt for peacefully exercising their religion,” First Liberty Special Counsel Jeremy Dys told Fox News on Tuesday.

He said Los Angeles officials would rather fine or imprison an American pastor instead of reaching an agreement that supports religious freedom.

“The law has always required the government to prove — not speculate — that a church is causing actual harm before depriving it of its civil and constitutional rights,” Dys said.

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Dys’ organization, First Liberty, represents religious organizations throughout the country that have been affected byd coronavirus regulations. In May, First Liberty joined with Franklin Graham and other faith leaders in calling for Congress to grant religious organizations legal immunity from potential negligence lawsuits.

L.A. county seemed most concerned about MacArthur holding service in-doors, which they said “dramatically increase[s] the potential for COVID-19 transmission.”

It added that the county “continues to extend its hand to Grace Community Church with a standing offer to share educational awareness and practical guidance for conducting services outdoors, in ways that prioritize the health of their congregation as well as the broader community.”

But religious liberty advocates argue that they face a double standard compared to protesters who turned out in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May.

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“I’m so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest,” MacArthur said during a service earlier this month.

In June, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., urged the Justice Department to investigate whether state officials applied coronavirus restrictions differently to George Floyd protests than to religious gatherings.

“Under the First Amendment, state officials must not treat religious persons and groups worse than others, and they must not favor one kind of speech over another,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.

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L.A. pastor sues California over coronavirus lockdown: ‘Enough is enough’

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A prominent pastor in Los Angeles filed a lawsuit Wednesday against California over Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s second coronavirus lockdown order, including banning singing in houses of worship.

Pastor John MacArthur told “Fox News @ Night” earlier this month that he began holding indoor services in the form of “peaceful protest” at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, despite being warned he could face fines or arrest.

“We feel like we are the most essential reality in the world,” MacArthur told host Shannon Bream. “Look, Jesus is Lord … He is the head of our church. Gov. Newsom is not the head of the church. [Los Angeles] Mayor [Eric] Garcetti is not the head of the church.”

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At the end of July, the County of Los Angeles sent a demand letter to MacArthur, in which attorney Jason Tokoro called for the church to “immediately cease holding indoor worship services” or face “criminal and civil liability.”

Thomas More Society special counsel Jenna Ellis and Charles LiMandri, representing the pastor and the church, called the restrictions “onerous” in the complaint and called on the state to recognize that Christians are not second-class citizens.

“After Grace Community Church voluntarily complied with state orders for nearly six months, California’s edicts demanding an indefinite shut down have gone now far past rational or reasonable and are firmly in the territory of tyranny and discrimination. This isn’t about health,” Ellis said. “It’s about blatantly targeting churches.”

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The lawsuit claims the state is acting unconstitutionally and inconsistently.

“When many went to the streets to engage in ‘political protests’ against ‘racism’ and ‘police brutality,’ these protesters refused to comply with the pandemic restrictions. Instead of enforcing the public health orders, public officials were all too eager to grant a de facto exception for these favored protesters,” the suit reads in part.

“We are simply continuing to do today what we have done for the past 63 years that Grace Community Church has been open to welcome the Los Angeles community and serve their spiritual needs,” MacArthur said in a statement. “We will remain open and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who decide they want to come worship with us.”

The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressed his support for MacArthur’s stand for “religious freedom.”

In addition to MacArthur, a network of churches, led by Pastor Che Ahn of Harvest Rock Church, filed a lawsuit in July challenging the Democrat governor’s orders.

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California worship leader Sean Feucht has been holding “Let Us Worship” events across the state and nation, taking the church outside the building.

“It is a double standard,” the founder of “Hold the Line” told “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth about California leadership, “and I would say at best it’s hypocrisy and at worst, it’s bigotry. You know there’s a target on churches.”

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NY church saved from closure by Vatican: ‘Nothing short of a miracle’

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Parishioners at a small Westchester County church just got a miracle — straight from the Vatican.

The community had appealed to the Holy See to save their local Holy Trinity Church in Mamaroneck after Timothy Cardinal Dolan two years ago ordered that it be closed because of financial reasons.

Going over the cardinal’s head succeeded, as the Vatican came down on their side and Dolan last month rescinded his decree shuttering the house of worship, it was revealed Wednesday.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle,” James Maver, a parishioner and police officer involved in the squabble, told The Post on Wednesday.

The lifelong Mamaroneck resident fought for more than two years against the decision to close the church, along with and two other Holy Trinity parishioners, Terry O’Neill and Irene Dolan.

The decision to shutter the 135-year-old church was made “because of the immense financial burden to repair and to maintain the building,” as well as a “lack of parochial resources,” according to a pastoral letter issued by Dolan in February 2018.

The closure was “devastating” for many of the 300 families in the former Holy Trinity Church parish, said Maver.

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Some went to other neighboring churches instead or stopped going at all, he said.

Worshipers believed the intent was to sell the building to the highest bidder. They argued that, though the church was more than a century old, it was structurally sound, and said it’s finances were in the black.

“We knew that the reasons cited in the decree were faulty so we appealed to the Vatican,” said Maver.

“It was such a long shot.”

They also believed the building should be preserved because it is historically significant. Their cause drew support from others in the village, with former mayor Norman Rosenblum telling LoHud in 2018 that “This building is an icon of the Village of Mamaroneck landscape.”

“It should be preserved. This structure and architecture could never be replaced,” Rosenblum added.

The trio of parishioners hired lawyers in Rome to plead their case to the Holy See.

They started a GoFundMe to fund their appeal, raising more than $5,000, though Maver said they need more funds for legal and other expenses.

A Vatican-appointed priest assigned to oversee the case recently ruled that the arguments put forth by the parishioners had merit, Maver said.

Then, last month, Dolan wrote in a decree that, “after prayerful consideration, having weighed all the reasons and causes” he had decided to rescind the 2018 ruling closing the church.

The new decree cited the coronavirus as one of the reasons for reopening the house of worship, saying the pandemic “continues to have severe consequences for the pastoral life in this Archdiocese of New York.”

The outcome was “one in a million,” Maver said.

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“The Vatican usually gives [archdioceses] carte blanche to do whatever they want,” but, Maver said, “we proved our case.”

The church will now be overseen by the pastor of St. Vito-Most Holy Trinity Parish and a parish administrator, Maver said.

In a news release announcing their victory, the faithful said they are now working to create a nonprofit that would raise funds to pay for all of the church’s future expenses, so as not to burden the archdiocese or the parish.

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“It is hoped that this effort will inspire others to take financial responsibility for other historic Catholic churches,” the statement said, “in order that the sacred spaces our ancestors built may continue to spiritually enrich the lives of future generations of Catholics.”

Neither the archdiocese nor the parish immediately returned a request for comment.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence

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RICHMOND, Va.  — Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday.

The private university issued a one-sentence statement making the announcement.

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The statement said the Executive Committee of Liberty’s board of trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met Friday and request that Falwell take leave, “to which he has agreed, effective immediately.” The statement did not indicate what prompted the request by the trustees.

Falwell has served since 2007 as president of the Lynchburg university his father founded.

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Initiative seeks to increase evangelical vote in November: ‘Churches alone can make all the difference’

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President Trump may have carried White evangelical voters handily in 2016, but a new initiative aims to urge as many Christians to vote as possible, especially amid worries about voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our Church Votes, an outgrowth of My Faith Votes, is a bipartisan nationwide campaign that seeks “to encourage church attendees to register to vote in upcoming national and local elections and to educate themselves on the issues most important to people of faith.”

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We don’t tell people who to vote for, but we do tell them they have a moral obligation to vote,” Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, told Fox News. “For many Christians, 2016 was about the Supreme Court. Well, 2020 is also about the Supreme Court. As we have seen with the court’s recent decisions, the bench has not been settled.”

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“Additionally, many Christians are concerned about renewed threats against religious freedoms, revealed by the pandemic,” Yates added.

The group is trying to inspire more believers to put their faith in action, claiming that one out of every four Christians does not vote in presidential elections and even more skip state and local elections.

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“Voting is non-negotiable for Christians because that’s how we keep faith and freedom in the heart of America. The minimum thing any church must do is to facilitate voter registration even if they don’t speak of any issues. In many states important elections are decided by fewer than 10,000 votes,” Yates said. “Churches alone can make all the difference.”

The Rev. Johnnie Moore, chairman of Our Church Votes, told Fox News that evangelicals will decide the election “either by turning out in record numbers or by taking their vote for granted.”

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“There isn’t a state in America where a community of churches alone cannot make all the difference. When evangelicals vote they don’t just vote to preserve their freedoms they vote for First Amendment freedoms for all Americans,” Moore said. “Freedom itself is on the ballot in November, as the allure of socialism increasingly threatens our country’s future.”

Well-known Christian author, David Jeremiah, said he’s not sure if he can find someone to vote for that’s like him or for him, “but I’m pretty sure I can get someone who’s not against me,” he said in a PSA for the group.

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The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, urged in another PSA to “change America, in Jesus’ name.”

“When I enter that voting booth, I’m going to vote as a Christian. A Bible-believing, Christ-following Christian first and foremost,” he said.

At the end of June, 72 percent of White evangelical Protestants approved of Trump’s handling of his job — a slip from 78 percent in April, according to a poll released by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, isn’t aiming to win the evangelical vote, but his campaign sees it as an opportunity.

Michael Wear, who directed faith outreach for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection, told CNN: “If Joe Biden gets 23 percent or higher of the White evangelical vote, he wins this election.”

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