Blog from the Capital
Written by Don Byrd, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Blog from the Capital informs readers of daily events impacting the debate on church-state separation. If you use an RSS reader, click here to access and connect with the blog’s RSS feed. You can also follow Byrd on Twitter at @BJCblog.
Theology Professor Curtis Freeman tells the story of the First Amendment’s religion clauses and warns against forgetting it promises liberty for all.
The signatures and statements of 4,000 diverse faith leaders from across the country were delivered to Congress today expressing support for the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship.
In “Reflections on Charlottesville,” BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler explains why religious liberty for all means people of faith must speak out against the hate, directed against religious minorities, we saw on chilling display over the weekend.
Almost 80% of the world’s population faces restrictions on their religious freedom, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The State Department’s annual report released today details the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries.
In a brief to the Supreme Court, the White House argues that relying on campaign statements to conclude President Trump’s revised travel ban unlawfully targets Muslims fails to give proper deference to his national security determinations.
In a newly filed brief, 22 states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court not only to revisit its Ten Commandments monument jurisprudence, but also to rewrite its church-state doctrine entirely.
You can still make your voice heard as a leader in your house of worship. Add your name to a letter headed for Congress demanding the Johnson Amendment remain intact.
The financial costs to citizens of defending unlawful religious discrimination can be enormous, but the societal costs can be even greater. Here’s hoping Bernards Township (NJ) can finally being to heal.
A Baptist pastor in Minnesota explains the historic Baptist tradition of soul freedom, and why religious freedom must protect everyone, lest it protect no one.
The BJC’s Holly Hollman explains why Baptists have historically fought for church-state separation, and why a recent church funding case is so troubling.
Recent cases show how the First Amendment requires courts to refrain from inquiring into disputes surrounding religious doctrine, and how religious entities can prepare to limit the potential for judicial involvement.
A new petition asks the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether its legislative prayer decisions apply to student-led prayers at school board meetings, after an appeals court ruled in favor of the practice.