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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.
Alan Brownstein to deliver 2015 Shurden Lectures in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia March 24, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-670-5877| ccrowe@BJConline.org Nationally-recognized constitutional law scholar Alan...
Baptist Joint Committee, diverse coalition support workplace religious accommodation in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch February 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-603-1663 | ccrowe@BJConline.org WASHINGTON — In a...
Baptist group lauds High Court’s affirmation of Muslim prisoner’s right to religious grooming practice
Unanimous Court is right to protect religious exercise, confirm the importance of RLUIPA in Holt v. Hobbs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2015 Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-603-1663 | ccrowe@BJConline.org WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme...