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.
“In God We Trust” legislation aims to be a harmless way to reference the importance of religion in society. But Bill Leonard warns: people of faith should not mistake the motto for an act of faith.
An agreement this week likely brings an end to a year-long church-state dispute over religious proselytizing in a Louisiana school district.
BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler responded quickly today to denounce an HHS decision issuing a waiver to a federally funded foster care service from requirements not to discriminate on the basis of religion.
The U.S. Supreme Court today left in place a 9th Circuit ruling in a Free Speech case involving a high school football coach’s insistence on praying on the field with his team.
With all of the culturally, historically, and scientifically significant places to take school children for field trips, we can surely leave religious theme parks off the list.
More than 120 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of the Freedom of Religion Act, which is supported by several nonprofit organizations including the BJC.
Study *about* various religions can be an appropriate part of the public school curriculum, but a class that focuses exclusively on one religious text would seem fraught with constitutional peril in practice.
A federal jury awarded a whopping $21.5 million to a former Park Hotels employee who was fired for refusing to work on Sundays.
A bill proposed in the Indiana Senate would require “In God We Trust” to be posted in every school classroom. From a church-state perspective, that may be the least controversial provision.
The Constitution stands for no principle more strongly than this: one’s religious beliefs and religious association have no bearing on qualifications for public service.
In an editorial, the LATimes argues that the practice of opening government meetings with prayer “marginalizes religious minorities and blurs the distinction between church and state.
A Jewish congregation in Clifton, New Jersey reached a $2.5 million settlement with the city for damages caused by ten years of needless and discriminatory delays in their bid to build a new synagogue.