For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017
Contact: Cherilyn Crowe / [email protected] / 202-544-4226 / Cell: 202-670-5877

After reviewing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record on religious liberty issues, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty issued a statement in advance of his confirmation hearings.

The following is from Holly Hollman, general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty:

“Gorsuch is an experienced judge with impressive academic credentials. In religious liberty cases, he has given thoughtful attention to religious claims and the elements of the federal statutes designed to protect free exercise. We are concerned, however, that in the contraceptive mandate cases he has been deferential beyond what the law requires. That approach puts religious freedom at risk, as does his lack of concern about government promotion of religion.

We hope members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will ask questions probing his views and approach to religious liberty.”


Based in Washington, D.C., the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is an 81-year-old organization working to defend religious freedom for all people and protect the institutional separation of church and state in the historic Baptist tradition. Learn more at

Click here to read about Judge Gorsuch’s record on RLUIPA cases.