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.
After failing to get the bill out of committee in 2015, Senator Mike Lee is reintroducing the First Amendment Defense Act, with some changes.
Written by Don Byrd State law protecting the separation of church and state likely forbids a historic preservation grant issued for the purpose of preserving the stained glass window of a church sanctuary, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled last week, overturning a...
Does a business owner have a religious liberty right under RFRA to avoid federal employment nondiscrimination laws? The Sixth Circuit says no in a case involving a transgender funeral home employee.
The LATimes rebuts the key arguments of those who would weaken the Johnson Amendment and explains why the protections against politicization do not “silence” clergy as some falsely claim.
Your voice can make a difference. Let your U.S. Senators know that you oppose using the funding bill to weaken protections for houses of worship.
Federal Court: Destruction of Sacred Tribal Ground Not a “Substantial Burden” on Religious Exercise Under RFRA
Tribal elders made the case in a federal court in Oregon that the destruction of a sacred burial site violated their religious freedom rights under RFRA, but a court ruled they failed to make their case.
Thankfully, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 8-6 vote, has agreed that the cross is indeed a Christian symbol. They voted to leave in place a ruling that the Bladensburg Memorial cross is unlawful.
On March 6, join other voices of faith in a day of action, urging your U.S. Senator not to use the budget to weaken the Johnson Amendment.
If government meetings open with prayer, rotated between area clergy, should they deny Satanists the right to offer an invocation? A new lawsuit in Arizona asks.
The BJC’s Holly Hollman explains why religious liberty calls on taxpayers to refrain from building, or rebuilding religious spaces.
The issue of religious discrimination is just one the U.S. Supreme Court may address in oral arguments about President Trump’s “travel ban,” scheduled for April 25.
Faced with a lawsuit alleging broad church-state violations at the expense of students’ religious liberties, Bossier Parish officials have announced new policies and training will be implemented.