BJC Awards

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty recognizes individuals who advocate for religious freedom and the separation of church and state through three major awards: the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award, the Barbara Jordan/Mark Hatfield Political Courage Award, and the James Dunn Truth with the Bark on It Award. To nominate someone for one of these honors, please contact us at bjc@BJConline.org.

J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award

The J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award was established on the 50th anniversary of the Baptist Joint Committee in 1986. This award recognizes the contributions of individuals in the area of the free exercise of religion and church-state separation such as:

  • Advancement of the free exercise of religion in the U.S.
  • Defense of the principle of church-state separation
  • Application of personal Christian commitment to the life of the nation
  • Supporting the enactment of good law, embodying high ethical standards and equal justice for all
  • Consistent commitment to the Biblical witness to freedom of conscience under God and the dignity of the individual
  • Defense of the rights of all citizens with no prejudice of belief or non-belief
  • Emulating character and spirituality consistent with the Christian truth evidenced in Jesus Christ

Recipients of the Dawson Award are:

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              Porter Routh
  • 1991 Bill Moyers
  • 1993 Hugh Wamble
              Wes Forsline
  • 1996 Jimmy Carter
  • 2001 Grady Cothen
  • 2003 Tony Campolo
  • 2006 Walter B. Shurden
  • 2007 The John F. Baugh Family
  • 2008 Aidsand Wright-Riggins
               Patsy Ayres
  • 2009 Phil Strickland
  • 2010 William D. Underwood
              The Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor
  • 2011 James M. Dunn
             Richard Ice
  • 2012 Bill J. Leonard
  • 2013 Suzii Paynter
  • 2014 Melissa Rogers
  • 2016 Stan Hastey
  • 2017 Rabbi David Saperstein

The Barbara Jordan/Mark Hatfield Political Courage Award

polcouragecombinedThis award is intended to recognize a member of Congress who exhibits the political courage demonstrated by Barbara Jordan and Mark Hatfield relating to religious liberty and the separation of church and state. The recipient of this award need not be a Baptist.

Recipients of this award are:

  • 1999 Chet Edwards
  • 2001 John Lewis

 

The James Dunn Truth With the Bark On It Award

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This award is intended to recognize and honor young people who exhibit an interest in and are dedicated to educating others about religious liberty and separation of church and state. One need not be a Baptist to receive this award. It has been given only twice.

  • 2002 Joseph Cullar
  • 2008 Madison McClendon

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