Report from the Capital – 2017 archive

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January/February 2017

The Baptist Joint Committee’s stand against the politicization of churches leads this edition of Report from the Capital. Plus, BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman reviews the legacy of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Executive Director Amanda Tyler shares her gratitude for what we’re fighting for, and Walter B. “Buddy” Shurden talks about the lecture series that bears his name. The print edition also has an updated version of Hollman’s column on the potential religious liberty impact of the Trump administration

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March/April 2017

Learn more about the letter delivered to Congress by a diverse coalition of 99 faith groups asking to keep current law that protects houses of worship from dangers that come with endorsing and opposing candidates. BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler also gives a two-kingdom view of religious freedom and explains how arguments both in the Trinity Lutheran Church case and for encouraging churches to electioneer “mix the kingdoms in troubling ways.” Also, BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman examines now-Justice Neil Gorsuch’s church-state record, Michael Lieberman from the Anti-Defamation League explores what the recent rise in anti-Semitism means for religious liberty, and we give an overview of Hollman’s recent Shurden Lectures on religious liberty in real life.

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May/June 2017

Learn how people of faith can respond to those looking to politicize pulpits. BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler reviews President Trump’s Executive Order regarding the “Johnson Amendment,” and you can join people of faith asking to keep the current law that protects houses of worship from candidates seeking endorsements. Plus, BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman reviews the oral argument in the Trinity Lutheran Church case, BJC Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks takes a look at what it means to be a church that offers sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, and more.

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July/August 2017

Learn how a government funding bill could undercut protections of the Johnson Amendment and Executive Director Amanda Tyler shares lessons that she learned while traveling the country in this Report from the Capital. Plus, BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman analyzes the Trinity Lutheran Church decision and Rabbi David Saperstein calls for a robust defense of religious liberty.

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September/October 2017

Learn how 4,000+ faith leaders are asking lawmakers to keep the Johnson Amendment and how BJC Fellows trained for religious liberty advocacy in Colonial Williamsburg in this Report from the Capital. Plus, BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman analyzes the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Executive Director Amanda Tyler discusses how people are raising their voices for religious liberty, and 2017 essay contest winner Yusra Ahmed shares her personal experiences facing religious intolerance.

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