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.
In an important ruling exploring the limits of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran church funding decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court invalidated historic preservation grants to churches.
Lawsuits claiming school districts in both Bossier and Webster Parish, Louisiana, engaged in widespread church-state violations may be moving toward compromise as both boards consider new religious expression guidelines.
Like many state constitutions, Michigan’s bars government funding to aid religious schools. A new lawsuit claims the provision is unconstitutional.
A judge’s claims that he was removed from death penalty cases as retaliation for his personal religious views can move forward, a federal court ruled.
A law enacted in Washington State seeks to bar participation in any national religious registry, or otherwise disclosing residents’ religious affiliation
The Springfield, Mass. City Council voted unanimously to protect a local congregation providing sanctuary from deportation to a mother and her two children.
Teaching *about* religion in public schools does not violate the Constitution so long as it does not become a religious exercise. A federal judge in Maryland dismissed claims challenging a high school World Religions class.
Student prayer in school is already well protected by the Constitution. But preserving their religious liberty also means guarding against improper religious promotion by school officials.
Today’s settlement closes a particularly ugly chapter of post-9/11 religious scapegoating. No person in America should be presumed more likely a criminal because of their faith.
Two disputes over religious expression at U.S. military retirement ceremonies demonstrate that the armed services wrestle with the same tension between public service and private religious exercise as the rest of us.
As we reflect on this painful anniversary, it’s worth remembering that Dr. King considered religious freedom and the institutional separation of church and state to be essential forces in his ministry and activism.
An amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by 30+ constitutional scholars argues that President Trump’s “travel ban” Proclamation is impermissibly based on religious animus toward Muslims.