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.
Tonight, the Supreme Court did an about-face: issuing a reprieve to a Texas man because no religious advisor of his faith was allowed in the execution chamber.
A Texas Senate committee has advanced Senate Bill 17, which allows state-licensed professionals to refuse service that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Michigan’s newly elected Attorney General has determined that taxpayer-funded adoption agencies may not discriminate, “no matter the rationale,” ending a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.
Last week, South Dakota became the latest state to enact legislation requiring public schools to post prominently the motto “In God We Trust” on school grounds.
A high school senior in Kentucky has filed a lawsuit after being barred from school and extracurricular activities during a chicken pox outbreak because he has not been vaccinated.
A letter sent by a leading civil rights organization calls for an investigation into allegations made by immigrant detainees of widespread religious liberty violations while in custody.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s ruling that struck down the religious housing tax exemption as unconstitutional on church-state grounds.
A decision by the Montana Supreme Court, striking down a tuition tax credit program as unconstitutional because it allowed funding for religious schools, may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Education Secretary Refuses to Enforce Church-State Funding Protection After Trinity Lutheran Decision
Betsy Devos announced that the Education Department will no longer enforce provisions of federal law barring religious orgs from taxpayer funds for providing private school student services.
Vouchers undermine a key principle behind the separation of church and state. Legislators should stay out of the business of religious education, directly or indirectly.
The U.S. House passed a resolution condemning hatred, bigotry, and discrimination directed at Jews and Muslims and specifically addressed “imputations of dual loyalty.”
The New York General Assembly has passed a workplace religious attire bill several years in a row, including again last week. But this year it is expected go further.