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.
Media coverage and analysis of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop agreed: the cakemaker’s narrow victory left more questions unanswered than it resolved.
Ultimately, the Court’s ruling in favor of Mr. Phillips turned on the majority’s conclusion that the state Civil Rights Commission adjudicated his claim from a perspective based in animus toward the cakemaker’s religious views.
Is it a substantial burden on religious exercise to have to use currency inscribed with the motto “In God We Trust”? Both the 6th and 7th federal appeals circuits took on this question in opinions issued this week.
The U.S. State Dept. will host the first ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” in July to reflect its emphasis on global religious freedom.
There are good, devout, people of faith all along the spectrum of political views. Someone needs to tell Franklin Graham.
A 2015 Arkansas law requiring the state to arrange for the placement of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument has been challenged as unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.
Senate Democrats have introduced a measure to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Is it necessary to protect civil rights?
The Ohio Department of Correction violated the religious liberty rights of a Rastafarian prisoner by denying him the right to wear dreadlocks, according to a federal district court.
Bills requiring or at least authorizing school districts to post “In God We Trust” in schools have become commonplace, and it’s probably not a coincidence.
The Education Dept. is advancing a broad reading of a recent SCOTUS decision to justify regulatory changes to allow more faith-based funding.
Secretary Devos’ interest in expanding school voucher programs nationwide is well known. She should not undermine key state laws, or impugn them as bigoted, to further her goal.
A settlement agreement permanently bars public school officials in Louisiana’s Webster Parish from promoting prayer or religious services in schools. That is a good rule benefiting both the church and the state.