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...
Meet the Winner of the BJC’s Religious Liberty Essay Contest

Meet the Winner of the BJC’s Religious Liberty Essay Contest

Written by Don Byrd Every year, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Religious Liberty Council sponsors an essay contest for high school juniors and seniors on a religious liberty topic. This year’s topic was “whether or not religious messages, such as...

Lawsuit Challenges Maryland County Commission’s Prayer Policy

Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, a lawsuit has been filed in Carroll County, Maryland, over the County Commission’s practice of opening meetings with sectarian prayer. Commissioners lead the prayer on a rotating basis. The Complaint alleges the prayers...