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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.

BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders

BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders

A diverse coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations, including BJC, issued a significant statement in response to legislation being considered in a number of states that would expand religious exemptions from emergency orders designed to protect public health.
BJC conversation to feature four Black scholars on white supremacy and religious liberty

BJC conversation to feature four Black scholars on white supremacy and religious liberty

“Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long” will feature four Black scholars presenting individually and then in conversation on Wednesday, April 14.
Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.

Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.

A federal court has barred the District of Columbia from enforcing restrictions that would limit worship capacity at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the lesser of 250 or 25%.
Texas health care provider ordered to pay former employees for mandating prayer and religious discussions

Texas health care provider ordered to pay former employees for mandating prayer and religious discussions

Employees shouldn’t have to choose between remaining true to their faith and keeping their job.
State legislatures advance RFRA, other religious freedom legislation

State legislatures advance RFRA, other religious freedom legislation

Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma and South Carolina are the latest states looking at various religious freedom legislation.
Federal Court upholds California’s COVID-related restrictions on singing, chanting in religious worship

Federal Court upholds California’s COVID-related restrictions on singing, chanting in religious worship

A federal court in California declined to issue an injunction that would halt the state’s prohibition on singing and chanting during worship services, concluding that the regulations did not treat religion differently than secular activities.
Massachusetts Supreme Court rules not all professors at Christian college are ministers, allows employment discrimination case to proceed

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules not all professors at Christian college are ministers, allows employment discrimination case to proceed

In a potentially significant church-state decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that the “ministerial exception” does not extend to a social work professor.
Agriculture Department issues temporary reprieve for sacred Apache land after federal court rejected tribe’s religious freedom claim

Agriculture Department issues temporary reprieve for sacred Apache land after federal court rejected tribe’s religious freedom claim

Leaders of the Apache and other Native American tribes have urged against a transfer of land in Arizona to mining companies, in part because the conveyance includes land (“Oak Flat”) they consider sacred.
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