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.
Legislation proposed in Georgia seeking to shield adoption and foster care agencies that refuse to provide services because of sincere religious beliefs has advanced out of committee.
Could the U.S. Supreme Court hear a church property dispute? The Diocese of South Carolina is requesting review after the state’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the national Episcopal Church in a suit over church ownership.
Read extended quotes from the 4th Circuit opinion ruling that President Trump’s third “travel ban,” like the ones that came before it, violates the religious freedom guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
Legislation proposed in Massachusetts would prevent corporations from making claims for religious accommodation from nondiscrimination laws.
Taxpayers should not foot the bill for religious education, but a budget proposal from the White House would send unprecedented federal dollars to pay for religious school tuition.
FEMA’s policy allowing taxpayer funds to restore and rebuild houses of worship is now codified into law, but the controversy over disaster funding for religion may just be heating up.
Bossier Parish became the second school district in 3 months facing a lawsuit alleging sweeping church-state violations.
BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and Rabbi David Saperstein explain why they are thankful that President Trump has so far been unsuccessful in his promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment.
In a letter to Congress, the BJC and more than 100 other organizations urged lawmakers not to use funding legislation to weaken Johnson Amendment protections.
State “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” proposals have slowed in recent years but a recently introduced bill could make Iowa the 22nd to enact a RFRA standard.
New Jersey’s City of Bayonne settled a lawsuit challenging its denial of a Muslim group’s zoning permit application, after attorneys warned the litigation would likely cost millions.
The Justice Department issued an updated manual for US Attorneys’ offices, raising the profile of religious liberty cases following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ October 2017 memo.