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March 7, 2020: Church of Nativity, Colorado abortion ban, fired for praying

March 7, 2020: Church of Nativity, Colorado abortion ban, fired for praying

Saturday, March 7, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Church of the Nativity shuttered in Bethlehem after coronavirus infections

The Palestinian Authority announced Thursday that the Church of the Nativity, a site revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, as well as all other tourism and archaeological sites in the West Bank, have been closed after at least seven hotel workers in Bethlehem were infected with the coronavirus.

Hours after the announcement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also declared a 30-day state of emergency.

— Colorado pro-life group may get 22-week abortion ban on ballot 

A Colorado pro-life group collected over 138,000 signatures in the hopes of getting an initiative on the state ballot to ban late-term abortions in most circumstances.

The Due Date Too Late campaign announced that they turned in the signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday.

If passed by a majority of Colorado voters, the measure would ban abortions performed after 22 weeks’ gestational age, except when the mother is facing a life-threatening medical emergency.

— High school football coach fired for praying after games loses again 

After the U.S. Supreme Court sent his case back to a lower court last year, a federal judge ruled Thursday that a school district in Washington state was within its right to prohibit high school football coach Joe Kennedy from kneeling in prayer on the 50-yard-line after games.

Kennedy was suspended from his role as head coach of the Bremerton High School football team in 2015 after he refused to stop praying on the field after games, something he had done since 2008.

— Florida church says member diagnosed with coronavirus, asks for prayers

A Florida church confirmed this week that a member is one of two people in the Tampa Bay area confirmed by the CDC to have tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus.

The church assured members of the public that the person's contact with other members of the congregation was minimal.

In all, Florida has monitored 795 people for coronavirus, with 184 people still being monitored. Twenty-three people have been tested for the virus.

Alabama Senate passes ban gender-transition for youth

The Alabama Senate passed a bill Thursday banning the experimental use of puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and body-altering surgeries.

The bill is called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act criminalizing prescribing opposite sex hormones and drugs used to stop puberty to youth age 19 and younger.

The bill now moves to the House for a vote where Republicans have a 77-28 majority.

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