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 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.
Legislation proposed in Georgia purports to protect the religious freedom of public school students and school district employees, but is aimed at a football prayer controversy.
Religious indoctrination and promotion is appropriately the province of our homes and houses of worship, not our public schools. Where the religious liberty rights of children and parents are involved, the stakes are too high.
A profile of Bahá’ís who have resettled in the United States from Iran over many years reminds of the importance of our refugee program, and the power of religious liberty for all.
A bill that would remove the state’s role in certifying or solemnizing marriage ceremonies is moving fast through the Alabama legislature.
Sam Brownback was narrowly confirmed by the Senate to be the international religious freedom ambassador.
During this “school choice” week, remind your social media friends and followers that school vouchers are no ally of religious liberty.
Proposed legislation in Florida would require the state’s public schools to post “In God We Trust” in a conspicuous place. Is the purpose of the bill to promote the state’s heritage and motto? Or to promote religion?
A federal appeals court revived a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by seventh day adventist former employees of Kellogg, claiming they were fired for refusing to work on Saturdays.
In upholding an injunction against President Trump’s latest travel ban, the 9th Circuit did not address church-state issues, but SCOTUS has asked the parties to brief the question.
It remains to be seen precisely how these additional investigative and enforcement resources will be used in practice.
West Virginia’s Senate Bill 252 would require public schools to offer elective Bible courses. But recent allegations in Kentucky should give lawmakers pause.