The Baptist Joint Committee is the only faith-based agency devoted solely to religious liberty and the institutional separation of church and state. Since 1936, the BJC has continuously provided reliable leadership on church-state issues as it leads key coalitions of religious and civil liberties groups striving to protect both the free exercise of religion and to defend against its establishment by government. A proven bridge-builder, the BJC works with a wide range of organizations. Read more
Baptists value religious freedom and separation of church and state because we suffered the hard lessons of history. The Baptist commitment to religious liberty is centered on our freedom to worship without efforts by the government to advance or restrain religion. God has made us all free – free to say yes, free to say no, and free to make up our own minds about our spiritual destiny. The BJC believes that a threat to anyone’s religious liberty is a threat to everyone‘s liberty. Read more
The separation of church and state is a shorthand metaphor for expressing a deeper truth: religious liberty is best protected when church and state are institutionally separated and neither tries to perform or interfere with the mission and work of the other. It does not require a “segregation” of religion from public life, but it serves both religion clauses in the First Amendment, insisting upon no establishment of religion and ensuring the free exercise of religion. Read more
Written by Don Byrd // Now that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell has resolved the legal issue of whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry, advocates are shifting their focus to questions of religious liberty for those who seek to exercise a religious objection to same-sex marriage.
Written by Don Byrd
U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry; Justices Spar Over Religious Liberty Impact
Written by Don Byrd
Churches will continue to make their own decisions about what kind of marriage ceremonies they conduct. Ministers will not be forced to perform same-sex weddings.
By BJC Staff Reports
By Executive Director J. Brent Walker