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.
There are good, devout, people of faith all along the spectrum of political views. Someone needs to tell Franklin Graham.
A 2015 Arkansas law requiring the state to arrange for the placement of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument has been challenged as unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.
Senate Democrats have introduced a measure to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Is it necessary to protect civil rights?
The Ohio Department of Correction violated the religious liberty rights of a Rastafarian prisoner by denying him the right to wear dreadlocks, according to a federal district court.
Bills requiring or at least authorizing school districts to post “In God We Trust” in schools have become commonplace, and it’s probably not a coincidence.
The Education Dept. is advancing a broad reading of a recent SCOTUS decision to justify regulatory changes to allow more faith-based funding.
Secretary Devos’ interest in expanding school voucher programs nationwide is well known. She should not undermine key state laws, or impugn them as bigoted, to further her goal.
A settlement agreement permanently bars public school officials in Louisiana’s Webster Parish from promoting prayer or religious services in schools. That is a good rule benefiting both the church and the state.
Former Obama administration official and BJC veteran Melissa Rogers describes the careful balancing act that went into faith-based partnership regulations recently tossed by the Trump administration.
How Does the Current U.S. Supreme Court Approach Religious Discrimination Claims? We Might Soon Find Out
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering two wildly different cases in Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Travel Ban suits. But both involve claims of religious discrimination.
Should “In God We Trust” be displayed in public school buildings? A Senate debate in Minnesota explored that issue while considering an education policy bill.
U.S. Army officials are investigating the dismissal of a Jewish volunteer who led Shabbat services at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky following claims of religious discrimination.