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
A West Virginia City Council opens its meetings with recitations of the Lord’s Prayer in which the public attendees regularly join in. What could go wrong?
An Air Force commander agreed to remove a Bible from a display memorializing POW and MIA personnel. Now her inclusive gesture is under scrutiny.
Public school grounds should be designed to support every child, and should make all feel welcome and included, regardless of their faith, or their lack of faith.
Only through understanding what divides us can we find common ground in our religious liberty tradition like Americans did before us.
During his presentations, Dr. Charles C. Haynes shared his strong conviction that the future of the American experiment in freedom requires getting religion and religious liberty right in the public square.
We need your involvement as we expand our activities and seek out new partnerships. With your help, I know we can achieve remarkable things together for religious liberty in 2018.