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.
A new study indicates the number of countries in which religious groups suffer harassment at the hands of government or social groups continued to rise in 2016 to “the largest number… since the start of these analyses in 2007.”
At the end of their term last week, the Supreme Court issued an order denying a request to hear a pair of legislative prayer cases, despite the seeming conflict between the appeals court decisions in question.
The BJC’s Amanda Tyler expressed “deep disappointment” in the Supreme Court’s ruling issued today upholding the Trump Administration’s “travel ban.”
Today’s decision requires the Washington Supreme Court to analyze again the case of Arlene’s Flowers, this time in light of the reasoning from the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
A judge has ordered ICE to stop coercive tactics designed to pressure Iraqi detainees facing religious persecution at home into agreeing to deportation.
A new detailed report identifies and catalogues state legislation across the country related to religious liberty as part of a 6-month investigative study.
In a new study, one in ten NYC residents reported being the victim of physical attacks while wearing religious garb. An astonishing one in five reported being shoved while standing on subway platforms. Most incidents go unreported.
Those of us who advocate for religious liberty insist on the institutional separation of church and state for a reason. The purpose of “swinging room” is to allow the church to take a swing when the moment demands it. If not now, when?
A powerful legal tool in federal religious liberty protections is getting a profile boost, thanks to a new awareness initiative announced by the Justice Department.
In an address to Southern Baptists, Vice President Mike Pence made clear that the Johnson Amendment is still in the cross-hairs of politicians.
Controversial new Bible literacy classes in Kentucky’s public schools now have more guidance from the state, following new standards recently approved by the Education Board.
A 2018 study of the North Carolina “Opportunity Scholarship” school voucher program reveals that 76% of voucher schools use their curriculum to promote religious doctrine.