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Written by Don Byrd, these updates bring together the latest news impacting the conversation around religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

California church holds worship services, defying court’s restraining order and public health restrictions

California church holds worship services, defying court’s restraining order and public health restrictions

The legal fight over holding worship services during the coronavirus pandemic intensified this week when Godspeak Calvary Chapel held indoor worship services Sunday.
How churches can be advocates, not partisans, during election season

How churches can be advocates, not partisans, during election season

We can engage collectively on political issues while steering our churches clear of partisan politics during election season. A good starting place is educating ourselves on the rules for 501(c)(3) groups and what the Tax Code, which includes the Johnson Amendment, allows.
Continue the conversation: New podcast discussion guides for Christians against Christian nationalism

Continue the conversation: New podcast discussion guides for Christians against Christian nationalism

BJC now has podcast discussion guides to go with each episode of our series on the dangers of Christian nationalism. Take some time to organize a group conversation about this important, timely topic.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to halt Nevada worship service limits

U.S. Supreme Court declines to halt Nevada worship service limits

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear an emergency appeal challenging limits on worship service gatherings from a church in Nevada. The Nevada restrictions do seem to pose a tougher First Amendment argument than the California order.
BJC urges U.S. Senate not to divert public education dollars to private schools in coronavirus relief legislation [UPDATED]

BJC urges U.S. Senate not to divert public education dollars to private schools in coronavirus relief legislation [UPDATED]

In a letter to the U.S. Senate, religious organizations expressed opposition to using taxpayer money to fund private schools through the coronavirus relief bill currently being negotiated.
BJC applauds passage of the NO BAN Act in U.S. House

BJC applauds passage of the NO BAN Act in U.S. House

The NO BAN Act is a powerful and necessary repudiation of President Trump’s latest attempt to promote anti-Muslim discrimination.
Are private, religious schools exempt from school opening restrictions? Texas, California go in different directions

Are private, religious schools exempt from school opening restrictions? Texas, California go in different directions

As school systems and states across the country struggle with reopening plans, the ability of religious schools to claim a religious freedom exemption from restrictions designed to protect public health may lead to a new round of legal disputes every bit as hotly contested as those surrounding worship service restrictions.
Coronavirus updates: NM court upholds worship service limits, CA Gov tightens restrictions, U.S. Navy reverses policy

Coronavirus updates: NM court upholds worship service limits, CA Gov tightens restrictions, U.S. Navy reverses policy

While coronavirus infections expand across the country, lawsuits challenging public health restrictions on in-person worship services continue to wind through courts.
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