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 Statement Department’s first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom ended with the Potomac Declaration and a Plan of Action to guide nations in enforcing religious freedom principles.
Sanctions authorized by the International Religious Freedom Act have been used only twice in the 20 years of the law’s existence, but Politico reports that may be changing.
Because school children are especially vulnerable to coercion, the 9th Circuit ruled a California school district’s practice of opening meetings with prayer unconstitutional.
Opening a 3-day State Department summit, U.S. Religious Freedom Ambassador Sam Brownback told a gathering of leaders from around the world that mere tolerance of religious difference is not enough.
Written by Don Byrd A public school district's fundraising for and promotion of a mission trip to Guatemala violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a federal district court in Colorado ruled this week. Because "[t]he very concept of a mission trip...
A meeting of officials from around the world focused on international religious liberty will take place next week at the State Department amid questions of the U.S. commitment to that same issue.
The BJC does not endorse or oppose Supreme Court nominees, but General Counsel Holly Hollman notes that Judge Kavanaugh’s admiration for Justice Kennedy might be an indication of his approach on the bench.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that neither the First Amendment nor the state’s RFRA requires an accommodation for religious adoption agencies from nondiscrimination rules.
An amendment added on to an appropriations bill seeks to protect child service providers from placing children with same-sex couples if it would conflict with their religious beliefs.
The facts of Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Travel Ban cases are wildly different. But is there inconsistency between the rulings? A new column by Eliot Mincburg argues yes.
Baptist Pastor Andrew Daughtrey takes aim at Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress’ idea that America is a Christian nation in an important new column.
An Indiana judge ruled against a request for a religious accommodation under the state’s RFRA from drug laws outlawing marijuana use.