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.
A handful of petitions that will be waiting for the Supreme Court when their new term begins this week involve religious liberty questions. Here is a quick run-down of those cases.
A new WaPo op-ed argues that the rhetoric of government officials about religious liberty is less about principle and more about political and religious bias.
After a video surfaced showing a volunteer coach leading a high school football team in prayer, Dawson County officials halted the practice, citing First Amendment concerns.
Two years away from an election, hosting a guest speaker may not imply endorsement in a way that it will two weeks from the start of voting, when all attention on that individual revolves around their candidacy.
This week, a U.S. House Subcommittee will hold a hearing on recent charges of increased religious persecution in China.
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.