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 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.
Should the government provide monetary assistance directly to houses of worship? In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a federal judge in Texas has upheld FEMA’s policy barring grants for facilities with a religious purpose.
In a new column for VOX, law professor Andrew Koppelman laments the rhetoric that has come to surround the idea of religious liberty. A return to “equilibrium,” he says, is within reach.
The fight for Johnson Amendment protections is not over. The BJC has provided a helpful guide to assist you in contacting your Senators and Representative today to let your voice be heard!
In the Masterpiece Cakeshop oral argument, the Court focused on the Free Speech issues, but also questioned the religious liberty implications of the case, both for shop owners and for customers.
Got questions about the religious liberty implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, set to be heard December 5? Check out the BJC’s helpful case resource page.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the BJC and other religious liberty advocates argue that a 34-foot cross on government land in Pensacola, Florida, is unconstitutional.
People of all faiths should decry any effort to widen cultural divisions along religious lines, whether it’s promoted by fringe activists or the President of the United States.
A cert denial by the U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place a 5th Circuit ruling upholding a Texas school district’s practice of opening board meetings with student-led prayer.
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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the earliest Baptists including Roger Williams, who fought not to protect the rights of Baptists, but to protect the rights of all to freely practice their faith.