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.
Today’s decision requires the Washington Supreme Court to analyze again the case of Arlene’s Flowers, this time in light of the reasoning from the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
A judge has ordered ICE to stop coercive tactics designed to pressure Iraqi detainees facing religious persecution at home into agreeing to deportation.
A new detailed report identifies and catalogues state legislation across the country related to religious liberty as part of a 6-month investigative study.
In a new study, one in ten NYC residents reported being the victim of physical attacks while wearing religious garb. An astonishing one in five reported being shoved while standing on subway platforms. Most incidents go unreported.
Those of us who advocate for religious liberty insist on the institutional separation of church and state for a reason. The purpose of “swinging room” is to allow the church to take a swing when the moment demands it. If not now, when?
A powerful legal tool in federal religious liberty protections is getting a profile boost, thanks to a new awareness initiative announced by the Justice Department.
In an address to Southern Baptists, Vice President Mike Pence made clear that the Johnson Amendment is still in the cross-hairs of politicians.
Controversial new Bible literacy classes in Kentucky’s public schools now have more guidance from the state, following new standards recently approved by the Education Board.
A 2018 study of the North Carolina “Opportunity Scholarship” school voucher program reveals that 76% of voucher schools use their curriculum to promote religious doctrine.
Media coverage and analysis of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop agreed: the cakemaker’s narrow victory left more questions unanswered than it resolved.
Ultimately, the Court’s ruling in favor of Mr. Phillips turned on the majority’s conclusion that the state Civil Rights Commission adjudicated his claim from a perspective based in animus toward the cakemaker’s religious views.
Is it a substantial burden on religious exercise to have to use currency inscribed with the motto “In God We Trust”? Both the 6th and 7th federal appeals circuits took on this question in opinions issued this week.