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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.

Splintered decision in cross case relies on memorial’s history

Holly Hollman provides analysis of the Supreme Court's decision in the Bladensburg cross case, a splintered decision that ultimately allowed the cross to continue on government land.

BJC: Cross display heard by SCOTUS is unconstitutional 

"The cross matters to us as Christians. It has a powerful, specific meaning that is central to our faith. Non-Christians also recognize the specific meaning of the cross, which is why we stand with them in saying no, the cross is not a universal symbol of sacrifice."

The cross is not secular, and the government has no business sponsoring its display

"The cross is a symbol that is specific to Christianity, and the government’s efforts to claim otherwise are hollow and offensive."

BJC: Government-funded programs shouldn’t exclude qualified foster parents based on religion

"While the government often partners with private religious entities in ways that meet pressing social needs, it must do so with respect for boundaries that separate church and state and protect religious liberty for everyone."

Baptist group ‘deeply disappointed’ by travel ban ruling

In giving such broad deference to President Trump, the Court neglects its duty to uphold our First Amendment principles of religious liberty. Safeguarding religious liberty requires the government to remain neutral with regard to religion, neither favoring one religion over another nor preferring religion or irreligion.

BJC: Supreme Court avoids addressing core question in Masterpiece decision

"Rather than determining whether the business owner's refusal to provide a service violated the law, the Court decided today's case based on the actions of the administrative body charged with enforcing the law."

BJC: Standing up for religious freedom requires more than ceremony

Standing up for religious freedom requires both protecting the free exercise rights of all Americans and ensuring that government neither promotes any one faith tradition or favors religion over irreligion.

Travel ban is unconstitutionally based in religious animus

“This case implicates an essential aspect of religious freedom in our country: The government cannot enact laws designed to harm a religious group."
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