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 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.
Refusing to dismiss his new claims against Colorado officials for “unconstitutional bullying,” a judge has ruled that cakemaker Jack Phillips has provided sufficient proof of religious hostility.
I posted earlier my top ten religious liberty stories of 2018. But the new year is about looking forward, so here are some of the stories I am watching and waiting for in 2019.
Muslim organizations in both Virginia and New Jersey continue to fight for permits using the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Last week federal appeals courts in two church-state cases declined to revisit panel decisions, leaving those rulings intact and setting up potential appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.
UPS has agreed to payments and new training procedures to settle claims brought by the EEOC that the company discriminated against employees by failing to accommodate hair length required by their religious beliefs.
The headlines of 2018 signaled the precipice of a marked shift away from the careful balance of concerns at the heart of America’s religious liberty heritage.
The fight to keep the Johnson Amendment intact is not over. Proposed tax legislation includes a section that would cripple that key protection for houses of worship.
Bible classes offered in West Virginia’s Mercer County schools may face constitutional scrutiny after all following an appeals court ruling reversing the dismissal of lawsuit challenging the program.