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.
The Johnson Amendment impacts every congregation. The House Rules Committee is deciding whether amendments to protect it will receive a vote in the full House.
Weekend Reads: A Jury Verdict in Kansas, Church-State Standoff Over a Public University in Oklahoma, and More
A standoff over religious symbols at an Oklahoma University, court ruling that Wisconsin nondiscrimination law doesn’t apply to a freelance photographer, and more links from this week.
A resident in Vernon, Florida has alleged significant religious liberty violations in local public schools through a national church-state advocate.
Religious liberty advocates do their supporters a disservice when they exaggerate and oversimplify in describing the state of the law.
A new school funding bill passed by the Illinois Legislature includes tax credits for private school tuition, including religious education.
Changes at the U.S. State Department will include expansion of the International Religious Freedom Ambassador’s role, but the elimination of several special envoys.
Efforts continue to weaken legal protections for churches against politicization, but Justice Department lawyers maintain the President’s Executive Order targeting the Johnson Amendment is not one of them.
A handful of links to some of the week’s columns and news items of church-state interest, for your weekend reading pleasure…
A settlement agreement in a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by four inmates against the Idaho Department of Corrections shows the “courage…it takes to enforce constitutional rights.”
When a high-school football coach prays on the football field immediately after games, he does so as a public employee, not a private citizen, a 9th Circuit appeals court ruled.
Headed back to school? The law robustly protects religious liberty in public schools. Here’s how…
Theology Professor Curtis Freeman tells the story of the First Amendment’s religion clauses and warns against forgetting it promises liberty for all.