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.
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.
The housing allowance tax exemption for clergy may face additional constitutional scrutiny after a federal judge in Wisconsin again held it to be a violation of church-state separation.
In large part, the guidance restates much settled law, though with a decided tilt toward concerns of free exercise, giving short shrift to the government’s duty to avoid “no establishment” concerns.
Controversial Religious Objection Law in Mississippi to Go Into Effect After Appeals Court Declines to Rehear
A controversial Mississippi law (HB 1523) which offers explicit protections for certain religious beliefs is set to go into effect on October 10, though plaintiffs plan to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.