The Baptist Joint Committee is the only faith-based agency devoted solely to religious liberty and the institutional separation of church and state. Since 1936, the BJC has continuously provided reliable leadership on church-state issues as it leads coalitions of groups striving to protect both the free exercise of religion and to defend against its establishment by government. Read more.
Baptists value religious freedom and separation of church and state because we suffered the hard lessons of history. The Baptist commitment to religious liberty is centered on our freedom to worship without efforts by the government to advance or restrain religion. God has made us all free – free to say yes, free to say no, and free to make up our own minds about our spiritual destiny. The BJC believes that a threat to anyone’s religious liberty is a threat to everyone‘s liberty. Read more
The separation of church and state is a shorthand metaphor for expressing a deeper truth: religious liberty is best protected when church and state are institutionally separated and neither tries to perform or interfere with the mission and work of the other. It does not require a “segregation” of religion from public life, but it serves both religion clauses in the First Amendment, insisting upon no establishment of religion and ensuring the free exercise of religion. Read more
In committee debate, Rep. David Price, D-NC, warns that politicizing our churches will jeopardize their moral force.
The 4th Circuit explained why the Rowan County Commission’s invocation practice differed from a recent Supreme Court case and must be struck down as unconstitutional.
Despite opposition by the BJC and other religious nonprofits, a House Committee tonight voted to keep intact a bill provision that would gut the Johnson Amendment.
By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler
A diverse group of 99 faith groups are urging Congress to maintain current law …
By BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman