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.
RFRA remains an important protection for free exercise. But that doesn’t mean that those claiming their religion is burdened are automatically allowed an accommodation to circumvent the law.
The City of Pensacola, Florida is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and allow a large memorial cross to remain on public land.
Federal Court Allows Lawsuit to Proceed Alleging Religious Discrimination by Michigan’s Child Placement Agencies
A federal judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging on Establishment Clause grounds a practice that allows state-funded child placement agencies in Michigan to refuse to serve same-sex couples.
Following a unanimous vote of the board, Louisiana’s Bossier Parish schools will take on the expense of defending substantial church-state claims rather than reach an agreement.
A new poll confirms that Americans by a wide margin do not want their religious leaders to be able to endorse candidates from the pulpit.
A 3-judge panel ruled that precedent demands they affirm an order to remove the Pensacola cross, but they criticized in strong terms the law requiring that outcome.
Hearing Day 3: Kavanaugh Discusses Priests for Life, RFRA, School Prayer, and the Role of Faith in Judging
Watch clips from Day 2 of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in which he discusses issues related to religious liberty.
During questioning from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh discussed his views on both the Free Exercise and Establishment Clause guarantees of the First Amendment.
Judge Kavanaugh has said that the idea of a “wall of separation” between church and state “is wrong as a matter of law and history.”
Even if courts rule that public high school cheerleaders have the right to display religious messages on the field at football games, that doesn’t mean it is the best way to promote the spirit of religious liberty.
Written by Don Byrd A policy of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives excluding nontheists from delivering the opening invocation violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, a federal court ruled yesterday. Denying nontheists the opportunity to act as...
The Johnson Amendment is, and remains, an important protection against the unnecessary division and misuse for political purposes of our congregations.