March Madness: Religious Liberty Edition

March Madness: Religious Liberty Edition

Written by Don Byrd In case you have not noticed, basketball tourney season is upon us. High school and college players (and back-yard wannabes, I can attest) dream about competing at the end of the season with everything on the line. This year, the girls’...
Judge Rules 40-Foot Memorial Cross in Maryland Constitutional

Judge Rules 40-Foot Memorial Cross in Maryland Constitutional

Written by Don Byrd A federal judge in Maryland ruled that a large memorial cross on public land in Bladensburg is constitutional, even though it is a religious symbol, because it has a secular purpose – namely to memorialize fallen soldiers. The American...
Advocates Seek to Remove Antiquated Religious Test Laws

Advocates Seek to Remove Antiquated Religious Test Laws

Written by Don Byrd Article VI of the U.S. Constitution clearly states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” It is one of the few direct references to religion in our founding...
BJC’s Walker Addresses Religious Holidays in Schools Controversy

BJC’s Walker Addresses Religious Holidays in Schools Controversy

Written by Don Byrd In Montgomery County, Maryland, the Board of Education voted to remove references to religious holidays from the school calendar. While students still receive the days off, the calendar no longer refers to the breaks as Christmas, or Easter, for...