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
Controversial Religious Objection Law in Mississippi to Go Into Effect After Appeals Court Declines to Rehear
A controversial Mississippi law (HB 1523) which offers explicit protections for certain religious beliefs is set to go into effect on October 10, though plaintiffs plan to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
During his confirmation hearing to be the next Religious Freedom Ambassador, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vowed to “stay in the lane” of religious freedom and not veer into other contentious topics.
Written by Don Byrd Brevard County (FL) officials were ordered to stop their practice of restricting invocation speakers at County board meetings only to those who profess a belief in God. A federal judge ruled late last week that the denial of requests by...
Some continue to blur the lines between being generally “political” – which is permitted – and taking a partisan position for or against a candidate’s campaign for office – which is not.
To understand what is truly at stake and to avoid the trap of hysteria in the Trinity Lutheran Church case, it helps to know a little history.
By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler