Is Communion an “Essential” Service?

Last Supper stained glass in Basel Cathedral

Last weekend was Palm Sunday, which for Christians around the world marks the beginning of Holy Week. Controversy erupted when Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California provided communion to its members at their church despite the State of California “stay at home” order. This government order came with an extensive list of exceptions for individuals, services and industries engaged in activities deemed to be “essential” to public well-being.  Despite following CDC guidelines for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Godspeak was technically violating those orders since there…

Who Needs Parents? The SB 673 Decision

By Janet Stephenson A bill that supported parent rights in sexual education was proposed, but shot down in committee, on January 15, 2020 in a 5-2 decision. This bill, SB 673, would have allowed parents greater access to the new sexual education curriculum that is being introduced and change the procedure for parental control from an opt out to an opt in, requiring that parents actively give consent through a signed consent form. The parents that were for SB 673 weren’t opposed to sexual education. Current health classes already have sexual education,…