Press Releases

BJC releases statements, commentary and analysis of pressing religious liberty issues to members of the media. Contact Cherilyn Crowe if you are a member of the media who would like to be added to our distribution list.

BJC reacts to SCOTUS foster care ruling

"The Court's decision does not require religious exemptions in all future cases involving government contracts and nondiscrimination policies. That is a good thing because nondiscrimination provisions often protect religious liberty in government services," said Amanda Tyler.

Religious liberty has been white too long: Voices of Black scholars

On April 14, learn from four experts as they examine ways that white supremacy has impeded our understanding of faith freedom for all.

BJC: Muslim and African travel ban repeal is a ‘victory for faith freedom’

"Repealing the ban is an important step, but it does not undo the damage this policy has done to religious freedom," said BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler after President Joe Biden repealed the Muslim and African travel ban.

BJC: Religious freedom is protected by city’s enforcement of nondiscrimination provisions in contracts for foster family certification

In Fulton v. Philadelphia, faith-based providers do not have a First Amendment right to demand exemption from government contracting requirement that serves the public interest.

BJC: People may be entitled to damages if religious freedom has been denied

In Tanzin v. Tanvir, a landmark religious freedom law (RFRA) should allow the same remedies as other important civil rights laws.

BJC: Government foster care programs should serve all qualified parents

"By requiring that government-funded foster care agencies consider all qualified individuals, the city is ensuring that all communities – including religious communities – are treated with equality and dignity," said BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman about the Fulton v. Philadelphia case.

Supreme Court’s Espinoza decision disregards distinctiveness of religion

"The decision’s high concern for equal treatment of religious schools disregards the distinctiveness of religion in our constitutional order and contradicts the special treatment that religion rightfully receives to keep government from influencing and interfering with it," said Holly Hollman.

BJC: States should not have to fund religious schools

BJC's friend-of-the-court brief in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue explains that avoiding government funding of religion is a key protection for religious liberty. "This special treatment of religion stems from our country’s deep and abiding commitment to religious liberty for all," said BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman.