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Newsom ordered to pay $1.35M to LA church over coronavirus shutdown

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is $1.35 million in the hole after a judge ordered the state pay Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena back for attorney costs and fees in a lawsuit the church brought against the state last summer.

The settlement also prevents Newsom’s administration from implementing any further restrictions against houses of worship in the state, as reported by Fox News and Pasadena Now.

Mat Staver is the founder of the group that defended the church, the Liberty Counsel, and said in terms of religious freedom, Newsom is “the worst governor in America.”

“The church stayed open [during the lockdown], and the pastor and parishioners were threatened with daily criminal charges that were up to a year in prison,” he said, as reported by Fox News.

The settlement is forcing the state to pay for the church’s fees pertaining to the lawsuit.

“After nearly a yearlong battle defending our religious freedoms, our lawsuit has reached a permanent settlement in our favor,” the founder of the church Rev. Ché Ahn said. “I am thrilled to see the complete reversal of the last discriminatory restrictions against churches in California.”

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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