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.
Under questioning from reporters on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-AL) acknowledged the constitutional ban on religious test for office, but refused to explain his statement that Congress should have refused to seat a Muslim representative because of his faith.
The BJC joined a brief with other religious groups examining religious marriage, civil marriage and public accommodation laws for a U.S. Supreme Court case.
An Arizona judge this week ruled that owners of a wedding invitation design business are not entitled to an exception from a Phoenix ordinance barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
An Alabama school district’s practice of opening high school football games with a prayer over the loudspeaker is being questioned. What has the U.S. Supreme Court said on this subject?
A new editorial from the Christian Century suggests more and more corporations may begin claiming religious liberty rights following recent Trump Administration actions.
Questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee members about recently issued Justice Department guidelines on religious liberty law, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not have many answers.
The 4th Circuit has rejected arguments that a large memorial cross in Prince George’s County, Maryland is a secular commemorative symbol, finding the cross an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
In a new column, the BJC’s Holly Hollman dives into Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a highly charged case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in December.
President Trump last week discussed what he sees as his major religious liberty accomplishments and goals – from removing the Johnson Amendment to winning the War on Christmas.
Melissa Rogers argues that new Trump Administration rules on exemptions from the contraception coverage requirements in the ACA fail to adequately “protect rights and interests on all sides.”
In a House committee hearing, international religious freedom experts and advocates discussed the importance to U.S. foreign policy of promoting religious freedom around the world.
The Supreme Court ended a high-profile controversy over the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s travel ban by dismissing the case after the ban expired.