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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.

Christian nationalism on display as mob storms Capitol

Christian nationalism on display as mob storms Capitol

The mob that overtook the Capitol building during a day of unprecedented violence on American democracy entered our halls of government while plainly adorned with signs of Christian nationalism.
COVID updates: NY congregation limits halted, MI’s school mask requirements remain in place, new COVID funding

COVID updates: NY congregation limits halted, MI’s school mask requirements remain in place, new COVID funding

Before we mercifully close the book on 2020, here are some developments in religious liberty stories related to COVID-19 that took place in the last part of December.
Top 10 religious liberty stories of 2020

Top 10 religious liberty stories of 2020

Like every other area of human life, the coronavirus pandemic dominated religious liberty discussions this year. Here's my list of the top 10 religious liberty developments this year, with the caveat that – being that this is 2020 – the year is not over yet.
Final joint rule from nine federal agencies removes critical religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of government services

Final joint rule from nine federal agencies removes critical religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of government services

Although they purported to expand and protect First Amendment freedoms, the rules harm religious liberty by – among other things – removing safeguards for the beneficiaries of government services.
U.S. Supreme Court rules Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows monetary damages against federal officials

U.S. Supreme Court rules Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows monetary damages against federal officials

In Tanzin v. Tanvir, the Supreme Court unanimously held (8-0) that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) allows for monetary damages against officials who are sued in their official capacities.
UDPATE: U.S. Senate joins House in passing resolution calling for end to blasphemy and apostasy laws

UDPATE: U.S. Senate joins House in passing resolution calling for end to blasphemy and apostasy laws

This week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Resolution 512, which calls for the repeal of global blasphemy and apostasy laws.
BJC warns against politicizing religious beliefs, sermons of candidates: ‘No religious test means no religious test’

BJC warns against politicizing religious beliefs, sermons of candidates: ‘No religious test means no religious test’

BJC hosted a conversation on the unique religious liberty concerns that can arise when a minister is a candidate for public office. Charles Watson Jr. and Amanda Tyler highlighted recent attack ads aimed at the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is a Baptist minister and a candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia.
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