Protecting pastors without condemning neighbors

Protecting pastors without condemning neighbors

  By BJC Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks There has been a lot of fear-mongering since last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. One frequent rumor has been that LGBT advocates want to force pastors...
Religion in the statehouse

Religion in the statehouse

  By BJC Blogger Don Byrd The end of spring brought a flurry of activity in state legislatures across the country, raising questions about the proper relationship between religion and government. As BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman explained in the last issue of...
BJC announces new roles for staff members

BJC announces new roles for staff members

  Two members of the Baptist Joint Committee staff have expanded job responsibilities. Taryn Deaton has been named senior director of operations and development. A native of Austin, Texas, Deaton joined the BJC staff in 2012 as the director of development. In her...
BJC joins brief supporting N.J. Muslims’ proposed mosque

BJC joins brief supporting N.J. Muslims’ proposed mosque

  By Jennifer Hawks The Baptist Joint Committee joined a brief in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey asserting that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (known as RLUIPA) prohibits different municipal rules for building a mosque than for a...
Court rules Muslim inmates may wear beards and skullcaps

Court rules Muslim inmates may wear beards and skullcaps

  By Ken Camp, The Baptist Standard and BJC Staff Reports Texas prisons must allow Muslim inmates to wear the beards and knit skullcaps their religion demands, a federal court ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of David Rasheed Ali, who...