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The January edition of Report from the Capital features information on the Know Your Neighbor Initiative and a corresponding event at the White House, whose goals are to combat religious discrimination and celebrate the United States’ tradition of religious pluralism. Also included are General Counsel Holly Hollman’s thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding religious tests for Muslims coming into the United States.
February’s Report from the Capital features coverage of President Obama’s first visit to a U.S. mosque and the importance of tolerance. This issue also features an interview with 2016 Shurden Lecturer Molly T. Marshall about her career in education, and Executive Director Brent Walker writes on the dangers of government-funded religion.
The March edition of Report from the Capital features a reflection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s life in law and faith. Also included is a guide for readers on the consolidated contraceptive mandate cases, known as Zubik v. Burwell. In addition, this issue previews the 2016 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon, which will celebrate Brent Walker’s career fighting for religious liberty.
The April Report from the Capital covers the annual Shurden Lectures, which were delivered by Dr. Molly T. Marshall at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The issue also features Brent Walker’s breakdown of the BJC’s friend-of-the-court brief in Zubik v. Burwell, coverage of the White House’s final rules regarding partnerships with faith-based social service providers and Holly Hollman’s thoughts on the nation’s struggle to define “religious liberty.”
The May edition of Report from the Capital includes a new BJC handout that explains the principles of religious liberty from constitutional and theological perspectives. The issue also includes an update of religious liberty legislation across the country, details about a brief signed by the BJC in support of a New Jersey mosque and a breakdown of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s annual report.
The June Report from the Capital cover story details the Supreme Court’s unsigned opinion in Zubik v. Burwell, which sent the contraceptive mandate cases back to the lower courts. The issue also includes Holly Hollman’s breakdown of religious liberty legislation in Congress, a story on the New Baptist Covenant’s push for more cooperation between churches and Brent Walker’s thoughts on why it’s so important not to have a religious test to run for public office.
The July/August Report from the Capital covers the annual Religious Liberty council Luncheon, and this year’s honoree, our very own J. Brent Walker. The issue also features the BJC fellows program and how it’s training the next generation of leaders in religious liberty. Holly Hollman discusses the legal status of churches and Jennifer Hawks gives advice about pastors, pulpits and politicking.
The September/October Report from the Capital cover story details the retirement celebration of J. Brent Walker and our annual board meeting, where BJC’s next executive director, Amanda Tyler, was named. The issue also includes General Counsel Holly Hollman’s observations on religious liberty and the Supreme Court in the wake of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and Executive Director Brent Walker’s explanations of the unique protections of our church-state separation.
The November/December edition of Report from the Capital features a special section with tributes to Brent Walker, including recollections by his successor, Amanda Tyler, and former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards. The issue also includes BJC Blogger Don Byrd’s top 10 religious liberty stories of the year as well as coverage of Religious Liberty and the Black Church, a BJC symposium featuring the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock.