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Preventing taxpayer money from funding churches is a key protection for religious liberty, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. The brief makes it clear that the First Amendment does not require state governments to fund houses of worship.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2016 Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-670-5877 | ccrowe@BJConline.org WASHINGTON — In an unexpected move, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a short, unsigned opinion today that sends the contraceptive mandate cases...
Far-reaching arguments made by some religious nonprofits against an accommodation procedure can endanger religious liberty, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) and law professor Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia School of Law.
15 organizations participate in White House event and pledge to work together to reinvigorate American traditions of inclusion, freedom and cooperation among those with different beliefsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 17, 2015Contact: Cherilyn Crowe //...
BJC essay contest: What happens when elected or appointed officials have religious objections to job duties?
High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the 2016 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. Essays must examine conflicts that arise when the personal religious beliefs of elected or government-appointed officials clash with their job duties, and students should propose a solution that addresses the rights of all parties.
Daniel Glaze, a pastor from Ahoskie, N.C., was elected chair of the board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty during the organization’s board meeting Oct. 5-6.
Executive director to leave religious liberty agency at the end of next yearOCTOBER 5, 2015Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-670-5877 | ccrowe@BJConline.orgWASHINGTON —J. Brent Walker will retire at the end of 2016 as executive director of the...
An essay exploring accommodation for religious garb at a popular clothing retailer is the winner of the 2015 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Washington, D.C.-based Baptist Joint Committee.
BJC applauds decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, prohibiting an employer from denying a job to a Muslim applicant because of her headscarf
The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and state RFRAs are important to ensure heightened protection for religious liberty for all. State RFRAs should mirror the delicate balance achieved in the federal law. Both Indiana and Arkansas passed legislation that falls short of that goal in several ways, tilting the balance in favor of religious claimants and against the government’s ability to protect other compelling interests. RFRAs allow us to protect religious liberty with an eye to the well-being of society and rights of third parties, including civil rights of the LGBT community and others.