Mercer University to Host Baptist Joint Committee’s Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State in Atlanta and Macon
Mercer will host the 2018 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State March 20-21 on the University’s Atlanta and Macon campuses. All three lectures are free and open to the public.
BJC responds to removal of language that would have undermined the protections of the Johnson Amendment
If this tax bill passes, one thing Americans won’t have to worry about is whether their house of worship or local charitable nonprofit will be turned into a PAC. This is a big win for churches, synagogues, mosques, all other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and the people who rely on them as a vital part of our society.
Baptists and others say religious liberty is protected by recognizing diversity of religious beliefs and providing commercial goods and services on equal basis
Baptist leader says tax bill headed to the House floor now even worse for houses of worship and the charitable sector
After a last-minute amendment, now the entire 501(c)(3) sector can be used by partisan campaigns and by donors looking for a tax deduction for their campaign contributions.
The 2018 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is accepting submissions.
“Pastors and people of faith know that there’s nothing free about a pulpit that is bought and paid for by political campaign donations or beholden to partisan interests.”
Brief says diversity of religious beliefs is protected in the commercial context by public accommodations laws
Religious groups say commercial baker at center of high-profile case is not entitled to religious exemption in this case.
“In large part, the guidance restates much settled law, though with a decided tilt toward concerns of free exercise, giving short shrift to the government’s duty to avoid ‘no establishment’ concerns. … “
Announcing the winners of BJC’s 2017 essay contest.
More than 4,000 faith leaders from all 50 states are calling on Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment, the part of the tax code that protects houses of worship and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations from being pressured by politicians for endorsements.