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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 hosting Fierce Freedom, a free, online conversation on June 18

BJC hosting Fierce Freedom, a free, online conversation on June 18

Religious freedom and racial justice are inextricably bound together.
Ohio Senate passes bill to protect right of student athletes to wear religious clothing after student disqualified for racing with hijab

Ohio Senate passes bill to protect right of student athletes to wear religious clothing after student disqualified for racing with hijab

The Ohio state senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 181, banning individual schools and the state Athletic Association from restricting an athlete’s right to wear religious clothing during competition.
Federal appeals court rules Vermont cannot exclude religious education from private school tuition program

Federal appeals court rules Vermont cannot exclude religious education from private school tuition program

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted the exclusion of religious schools from the state’s tuition program, despite Vermont’s constitution's guarantee that “no person shall be compelled to support a place of worship.”
New BJC resources help facilitate conversations on race and religious liberty

New BJC resources help facilitate conversations on race and religious liberty

To facilitate conversation at the intersection of Black freedom and religious liberty, BJC has companion study guides for group discussions on Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long: Voices of Black Scholars.
Navy sailors sue for right to wear religiously mandated beards

Navy sailors sue for right to wear religiously mandated beards

Four servicemembers are asking the U.S. Navy for a religious exemption from requirements that they shave their beards in violation of their religious beliefs.
California ends litigation with agreement to lift all COVID restrictions on houses of worship

California ends litigation with agreement to lift all COVID restrictions on houses of worship

As a result of a permanent injunction, all churches in California can hold worship services without limitation.
U.S. State Department releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. State Department releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. Department of State issued its latest report summarizing the status of religious freedom around the world, country by country.
In recent land cases applying RLUIPA, Baltimore County to pay $1.1 million for discrimination, Supreme Court asked to intervene in Minnesota

In recent land cases applying RLUIPA, Baltimore County to pay $1.1 million for discrimination, Supreme Court asked to intervene in Minnesota

A church in Maryland and an Amish community in Minnesota are both involved in separate claims about RLIUPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act).
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