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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’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.
State Department issues 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom, president makes appointment to USCIRF

State Department issues 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom, president makes appointment to USCIRF

The U.S. Department of State released its annual Report on International Religious Freedom, as required by federal law
BJC condemns congresswoman’s embrace of Christian nationalism

BJC condemns congresswoman’s embrace of Christian nationalism

Greene’s troubling statements represent a stunningly explicit embrace of Christian nationalism -- a movement that is becoming more and more brazen.
Vaccine case roundup: Mandates across country largely upheld in recent court decisions

Vaccine case roundup: Mandates across country largely upheld in recent court decisions

A variety of religious liberty challenges related to vaccine mandates continue to work through courts across the country, and new challenges to COVID-19 vaccine requirements are still being filed.
New study: Government favoritism of religion ‘may harm institutions it is meant to support and protect’

New study: Government favoritism of religion ‘may harm institutions it is meant to support and protect’

The results of a new study suggest that religious adherents should think twice before accepting state establishment or favoritism, if strengthening the faith is their goal.
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