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District of Columbia, Georgia | July 20, 2021

Twitter Suspends Rep. Greene for 12 Hours, Citing COVID-19 Policy

District of Columbia, Georgia | July 20, 2021

Twitter on Monday suspended Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) for 12 hours, saying that two posts she made related to COVID-19 had violated its misinformation policy.

A Twitter spokesperson said in a media statement that Greene had made two Twitter posts on the day, and that the company was taking action on Greene’s account because her posts had violated Twitter’s “COVID-19 misleading information policy.”

The account was downgraded to “read only mode” for 12 hours.

Both Twitter posts are still available to view on Greene’s account, however, they have been labelled by the tech giant as “misleading.”…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 16, 2021

Biden admin ‘flagging problematic posts’, putting pressure on big tech to increase ‘fact-checking’ efforts

District of Columbia | July 16, 2021

After Biden administration, Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issued an advisory urging big tech companies to “impose clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate platform policies,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used it to call for big tech companies to crack down harder on social media users with “fact-checks” on “misinformation.”A reporter requested that Psaki expand a bit more on “the request for tech companies to be more aggressive” as regards “misinformation. Has the administration been in touch with any of these companies and are there any actions that the federal government can take to ensure their cooperation, because we’ve seen from the start there’s not a lot of action on some of these platforms.”…

(Excerpts from The PostMillenial.com)

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District of Columbia | July 14, 2021

Biden, Trump officials headline bipartisan religious freedom summit 2021: ‘Fundamental human right’

District of Columbia | July 14, 2021

A bipartisan three-day summit of persecuted religious minorities, advocates and politicians kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C., seeking to continue the momentum established by the U.S. State Department’s two ministerials promoting religious freedom worldwide.

Co-chaired by former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the gathering will bring together individuals from over 30 faith traditions and increase the “public awareness and political strength for the international religious freedom movement.”

Featuring dozens of plenary speakers, the conference will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel and has a “virtual option for participation.” ….

(Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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District of Columbia | July 14, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee: Religious freedom thrives in US because America is ‘a nation of heretics’

District of Columbia | July 14, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said the United States has a strong history of religious freedom because it’s “a nation of heretics.”

Lee was one of multiple guest speakers at an event on Tuesday sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies about religious freedom in the Americas.

During his comments, the senator said that “in a country like ours, in the United States of America, basically everyone falls into” the category of being a religious minority “in one way or another, at one time or another.”

“One of the reasons why religious liberty has been able to flourish here is because we are a nation of heretics,” said Lee. “We were founded by heretics, and we breeded more heretics.”…

(Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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District of Columbia | July 13, 2021

Tucker Carlson: Your private conversations will be controlled by the DNC

District of Columbia | July 13, 2021

The Biden administration considers censorship is applicable to private speech as well. What you say in private, when you’re alone with your phone, you won’t be able to say or read what you want because the DNC plans to control—and apparently have the ability to control—the flow the information you receive on your phone. Nothing that questions official regime policy will reach you. “Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively, and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.” What does “misinformation” mean? It’s not the same as false information, as factually inaccurate information. Misinformation can be factually true. In fact, it very often is factually true. That’s why they’re angry about it… (Excerpts from Fox News)

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District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

IRS Reverses Decision, Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Nonprofit

District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

The Internal Revenue Services has reversed an earlier decision and has decided to grant a Christian group tax exempt status, according to the Washington Examiner.

The action came after numerous Republican members of Congress rebuked the IRS for overt political bias last month after it had first denied tax-exempt status to Christians Engaged, a Texas-based nonprofit.

“The IRS has granted tax exempt status to Christians Engaged, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Christians to pray for our nation and elected officials, vote, and be civically engaged,” the conservative legal group First Liberty Institute announced in a statement. The reversal comes after a national backlash against the IRS’s initial rejection of Christians Engaged’s nonprofit status because, the IRS claimed, “[B]ible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.”..

(Excerpts from Newsmax)

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