Blog from the Capital
Written by Don Byrd, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Blog from the Capital informs readers of daily events impacting the debate on church-state separation. If you use an RSS reader, click here to access and connect with the blog’s RSS feed. You can also follow Byrd on Twitter at @BJCblog.
After the jury deadlocked, prosecutors must decide by July 2 whether to re-try Scott Warren, who is accused of helping undocumented immigrants with humanitarian aid, which he claims his religious beliefs require.
Read Harpreet Singh Bajwa’s response to becoming the first ever airman allowed a religious accommodation to serve in the U.S. Air Force while wearing a turban, beard, and unshorn hair, in accordance with his Sikh religious beliefs.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a case challenging the use of “In God We Trust” on national currency, leaving in place the 8th Circuit’s dismissal of the suit.
The Washington Supreme Court found no evidence that Arlene’s Flowers received discriminatory treatment by the government and reaffirmed its ruling that the First Amendment does not require a religious exemption from the state’s nondiscrimination law.
BJC’s Hollman Talks Common Ground in Discussion on Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights Seeks Areas of Common Ground
In a fabulous panel discussion last week, the BJC’s Holly Hollman made a full-throated appeal: when it comes to government funded programs, we as Americans must draw a line.
The Alabama legislature last week passed a bill authorizing school districts to offer elective classes based on the Bible. The measure now heads to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.
Church-State News Roundup: Judicial Prayer Challenged, Sikh Bus Driver Spurs Diversity Training, More
A roundup of recent local stories from around the country related to religious liberty: New lawsuits in Texas and South Carolina; a discrimination ordinance gets a controversial change in a Kentucky town; and a Sikh bus driver gets justice after ten years of harassment on the job.
Do local governments have a responsibility to contract with businesses whose policies run do not align with government interests when those policies are motivated by the owner’s religious beliefs?
Americans lack a clear consensus on how to incorporate religion into the public school curriculum, but they are united against the troubling Bible class proposals that are advancing in many states.
Emma Green reports on the radical and violent decline of the Christian population in the Middle East, and what it means for the possibility of religious co-existence in the region.
The BJC’s Holly Hollman was featured in an NPR story on the growing fracture in consensus over religious freedom in America today.
A Texas county commission voted to keep in place four crosses displayed at the courthouse after an church-state separation advocates urged their removal.