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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.

Some COVID-related worship restrictions upheld, others halted as disputes continue to move through court system

Some COVID-related worship restrictions upheld, others halted as disputes continue to move through court system

Courts across the country continue to hear cases at the intersection of public health restrictions and religious gatherings. Here are updates from Colorado, New York, California, and Washington, D.C.
Religious Liberty discussions on day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing

Religious Liberty discussions on day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing

The third day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett yielded few religious liberty discussions, and none that made any significant advances over the first day of questioning. Watch two exchanges here.
In Day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, some religious liberty discussions, though little depth or insight

In Day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, some religious liberty discussions, though little depth or insight

The first round of questioning from many of the senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee included religious liberty topics.
BJC reviews Amy Coney Barrett’s church-state record, warns against questioning her religious views

BJC reviews Amy Coney Barrett’s church-state record, warns against questioning her religious views

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, BJC urged senators to question Judge Amy Coney Barrett's judicial philosophy when it comes to religious freedom because “her record as a judge in church-state matters is slim.”
U.S. Supreme Court hears argument: Does RFRA allow monetary damages for religious liberty violations?

U.S. Supreme Court hears argument: Does RFRA allow monetary damages for religious liberty violations?

In Tanzin v. Tanvir, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) categorically bars successful plaintiffs from receiving a monetary award.
BJC’s Tyler: Statement from Justices Thomas and Alito on religious liberty and same-sex marriage makes tensions worse

BJC’s Tyler: Statement from Justices Thomas and Alito on religious liberty and same-sex marriage makes tensions worse

A statement on Obergefell issued by Justice Clarence Thomas and joined by Justice Samuel Alito accompanying the rejection is making headlines. As BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler explained in response: exaggerated, dire warnings only increase the tensions between religious liberty and other important civil rights.
BJC on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

BJC on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is worth a breath and a moment of pause for some thoughtful reflection on the religious liberty legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
'No religious test:' Upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing offers reminder of key constitutional principle

‘No religious test:’ Upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing offers reminder of key constitutional principle

The confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an opportunity for committee members to demonstrate their understanding of, and commitment to, the constitutional admonition that there is no religious test for office in the United States.
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