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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.

More courts are being asked to consider whether abortion restrictions violate religious freedom

More courts are being asked to consider whether abortion restrictions violate religious freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, holding there is no right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution, has led abortion-rights activists in multiple states to make religious freedom arguments for abortion.
Impact of Kennedy v. Bremerton already apparent as courts are forced to reconsider Establishment Clause cases

Impact of Kennedy v. Bremerton already apparent as courts are forced to reconsider Establishment Clause cases

Will government-sponsored prayer meetings become the norm after Kennedy? Or will courts determine that there is no long-standing historical practice of government-initiated tent revivals?
Baptist scholars urge more education on Baptist history to combat allure of Christian nationalism

Baptist scholars urge more education on Baptist history to combat allure of Christian nationalism

True Baptist heritage, scholars explain, rejects everything the ideology of Christian nationalism stands for.
Appeals Court rejects Apache’s religious freedom argument, likely leaving fate of Oak Flat in Congress’ hands

Appeals Court rejects Apache’s religious freedom argument, likely leaving fate of Oak Flat in Congress’ hands

The court’s ruling is not the last word on this matter. Congress can fix this problem.
BJC’s Tyler, others, discuss ‘structural aspects of bigotry’ – including religious intolerance – in new report

BJC’s Tyler, others, discuss ‘structural aspects of bigotry’ – including religious intolerance – in new report

In the essay entitled “Religious Intolerance,” Tyler and co-author Dr. John Corrigan, Professor of History and Religion at Florida State University, explained that “religious bigotry, like all structural bigotry, is exercised in order to hold power.”
Supreme Court upends long-standing religious liberty protection for students, sides with football coach

Supreme Court upends long-standing religious liberty protection for students, sides with football coach

The dissent highlighted the many facts that the majority ignored or misstated in characterizing Kennedy’s prayers as private and quiet. No student on the field or parent in the stands should have to weigh their participation against the isolating and offending threat of it turning into a religious spectacle.
BJC’s Tyler to CBS News: Christian nationalism continues to fuel former President Trump’s Big Lie

BJC’s Tyler to CBS News: Christian nationalism continues to fuel former President Trump’s Big Lie

BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler spoke to CBS News about the ways Christian nationalism “absolutely was on display” during President Trump's remarks at an event last week and the insurrection itself.
In blow to religious freedom, SCOTUS rules for the first time that a state’s tuition assistance program must fund religious education

In blow to religious freedom, SCOTUS rules for the first time that a state’s tuition assistance program must fund religious education

In its Carson v. Makin ruling, the Supreme Court sidestepped concerns raised by Maine officials and religious liberty advocates – including BJC – that supporting religious education with taxpayer dollars undermines historic principles of church-state separation that states should have the leeway to protect.
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