Iowa Churches and Faith-Based Orgs Among Those Receiving PPP Loans

In Iowa, 69 churches, nine denominational offices, and seven faith-based organizations received a Payroll Protection Program loan of more than $150,000.

Supreme Court Supports Religious Liberty in Two Decisions

The Supreme Court in two 7 to 2 decisions sided with two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Little Sisters of the Poor.

Ernst Supports Banning TikTok, Chinese Social Media Apps

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said that she would support a Trump administration ban on TikTok and other Chinese social media apps.

Reynolds Allocates $50 Million of CARES Act Funding to Mental Health

Gov. Kim Reynolds during a press conference announced she was directing $50 million in CARES Act funding to Iowa’s mental health systems.

Two Events Puts Focus on Iowa State Capitol Monuments on Independence Day

One rally is planned to call for the removal of three monuments at the Iowa State Capitol on July 4 while another event is planned to appreciate them.

Video: Pornhub Exposed As #TraffickingHub

The #TraffickingHub campaign and Exodus Cry released a video this week that exposes Pornhub as complicit in the sexual exploitation of women and minors.

Friday Five Items of Good News (Vol. 9)

Every Friday, Shane Vander Hart shares five items of good news or inspiring stories from the week to end the work week on a positive note.

Grassley, Whitver Support Law Enforcement Action, Condemn Violence at State Capitol

Speaker Pat Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said they support law enforcement action that led to 17 arrests at the State Capitol after a protest turned violent.

Listen: USCIRF Commissioner Confirms China’s Forced Sterilization of Uyghurs

Nury Turkel, USCIRF commissioner and chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, says he’s not surprised by the AP report outlining forced abortions and sterilizations.

Heading Into July, COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Iowa Tick-Up Slightly

On the first day of July, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports a slight increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19.

Feds Send $2 Million to Planned Parenthood in Iowa for Sex Education

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will receive a three-year sex education grant totaling $2,053,383 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Iowa’s 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion Temporarily Blocked

District Court Judge Mitchell Turner granted a temporary injunction blocking Iowa’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions from taking effect on July 1.

Vander Hart: The Iowa Civil Rights Commission Seeks to Restrict Free Speech

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission says using the wrong name and pronouns for transgender persons could be considered “illegal harassment.”

Supreme Court Rules Religious Schools Can’t Be Excluded From School Choice Programs

The Supreme Court ruled that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools in their school choice program was a violation of its residents free exercise rights.

Reynolds Signs 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions Into Law

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed HF 594, a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, into law that already faces a legal challenge by abortion advocates.

Vander Hart: Roberts Places Institutional Loyalty Before Sound Judgment

Shane Vander Hart: Chief Justice John Roberts had the opportunity to correct the wrong decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, but failed to do it.