Blog from the Capital
Written by Don Byrd, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Blog from the Capital informs readers of daily events impacting the debate on church-state separation. If you use an RSS reader, click here to access and connect with the blog’s RSS feed. You can also follow Byrd on Twitter at @BJCblog.
The D.C. Circuit upheld U.S. House chaplain Patrick Conroy’s determination that House rules require invocations opening the legislative day to be religious in nature.
The horrific church bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday are reflective of the increasing threat of violence faced by religious minorities across Asia, according to the NYTimes.
A Juvenile Court judge in Nashville urged Tennessee’s legislature and Governor to reject a bill permitting state-funded, faith-based foster care providers to discriminate on the basis of religion.
The largest outbreak of measles in the United States in more than 25 years has led lawmakers in multiple states to rethink religious exemptions from vaccination mandates.
An Oregon case could lead the Supreme Court as early as this week to return to religious liberty questions surrounding a baker’s objection to same-sex marriage.
RFRA is increasingly being used as a tool of defendants on both sides of the political aisle when their conduct is motivated by their religious beliefs.
Legislation submitted by a Missouri lawmaker could have a stifling effect on lawsuits claiming a violation of religious liberty.
The New York State Senate today by a 60-0 vote passed a bill protecting the right of workers to wear religious attire, including head coverings, to the workplace.
Written opinions in two recent and seemingly conflicting U.S. Supreme Court rulings in execution chamber cases may signal more to come in that area, according to the BJC’s Amanda Tyler.
Last week, the Missouri House passed legislation authorizing the creation of public school courses in the Old and New Testaments, rejecting an amendment to broaden the sacred texts covered.
In Kentucky, a judge allowed a school district to continue enforcing its ban on unvaccinated students attending school functions during a chicken pox outbreak.
Refusing a condemned inmate’s request to receive spiritual comfort at the moment of death is no way to advance the cause of religious liberty.