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.
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.
City officials are often caught between the demands of our two religion clauses. In Edisto Beach, SC, a lawsuit challenges a new ban on leasing public space for religious use.
Rastafarian Plaintiff Challenges Iowa Board’s Refusal to Provide Religious Exemption from Cannabis Ban
Iowa law offers a religious exemption from state drug laws for sacramental peyote use. A new petition seeks a similar exemption for cannabis use by adherents of the Rastafari faith.
Muslim children in Wilmington, Delaware were repeatedly refused entry or forced to leave a city pool because of their religious clothing, according to a new lawsuit.
As Brian Kaylor explains, freedoms of belief matter little without expressive freedoms, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom to assemble with those who are like-minded.
Plaintiffs in Maine and Washington are seeking to build on the Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Church ruling to demand state subsidies for religious education despite state funding barring such funding.
Ahead of next month’s Senate confirmation hearings, the BJC’s Holly Hollman writes in helpful detail about the religious liberty record of Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Plaintiffs Argue Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative Violates the Rights of Religious Objectors in New Lawsuit
A medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah is being challenged in court as an unlawful restriction of religious liberty rights of those who object.
A NYTimes editorial praises U.S. efforts to promote religious freedom abroad, but warns that politicization, religious favoritism, and hypocrisy is jeopardizing its message.