Reflections on Charlottesville

Reflections on Charlottesville

By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler Shock, disgust, deep sadness and grief, disorientation, anger, despair, resolve. I have experienced this full range of emotions since the horrific events of hate and violence that unfolded this weekend in Charlottesville,...
What I learned this summer

What I learned this summer

By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler In his address to the Religious Liberty Council in June, Rabbi David Saperstein provided a quick review of events during the first month of my tenure as executive director. The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump; the...
‘No’ to all religious tests

‘No’ to all religious tests

By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler Questioning in a Capitol Hill hearing this week took a troubling turn. No, not “the” hearing with Former FBI Director James Comey that interrupted regular broadcasting and had the attention of millions of Americans in the middle...
Reflections: Reality over rhetoric

Reflections: Reality over rhetoric

By Executive Director Amanda Tyler In a recent White House ceremony, President Donald J. Trump spoke in grandiose terms about religious liberty, harkening back to our founding era and mentioning Thomas Jefferson by name. As he read “religious liberty” in the title of...
A two-kingdom view of religious freedom

A two-kingdom view of religious freedom

  By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler Difference is not always discriminatory. Tendencies to conflate those words – “difference” and “discrimination” – have troubling implications for religious liberty and religion itself. And the threat goes to the very heart...