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 5th Circuit’s ruling dismissing a challenge to Mississippi’s HB 1523 for lack of standing will remain in place after the Supreme Court declined to take up the plaintiffs’ appeal. But that will not likely be the final word on the constitutionality of the law.
In an article recently published in the Journal of Interfaith Arkansas, I try to explain why it is that true Baptist care about both religious liberty AND the separation of church and state.
Houses of worship impacted by natural disasters will have access to taxpayer relief funds, after a longstanding policy protecting church-state separation was revised by FEMA.
The Supreme Court could make significant news on church-state topics in 2018. Between that and upcoming congressional elections, it promises to be a busy year in religious liberty topics this year. Here’s a brief preview.
In a dispute similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected bakery owners’ request for exemption from state nondiscrimination law.
The top ten religious liberty stories of 2017 include headlines that should be alarming to all who support religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
A lawsuit filed in Louisiana paints a picture of public education in Webster Parish that is filled with religious rituals and promotion, leaving the plaintiff student feeling alienated and coerced.
Language severely undermining the Johnson Amendment was dropped from the final tax bill, but opponents are vowing to continue the repeal effort, even seeking to have it slipped into unrelated legislation.
The Trump Administration failed to follow proper procedure and contradicted the text of the ACA in issuing guidelines that greatly expanded religious and moral objections to women’s health coverage, a judge ruled.
The BJC’s Amanda Tyler responds to news that the final tax bill removes troubling language from the House version that would have politicized houses of worship.
A federal judge in South Carolina ruled unconstitutional the use of a particular religious space for graduation ceremonies in Greeneville County.
A bill passed by the U.S. House extends criminal penalties for damage to religious property, and clarifies the definition of religious property to include religiously affiliated institutions.