2022 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest now open!

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Mon, 3/14/22
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The 2022 Religious Liberty Essay scholarship contest is now open.

The annual Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors.

How to Apply

To enter, you must write an essay (between 800-1,200 words) responding to the following writing prompt and submit your essay online by March 14, 2022.

2022 Writing Prompt:

Religious freedom for prisoners in the United States is protected through the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).  Subject to safety and security concerns, prisoners may engage in various religious practices during their incarceration. Sometimes prisoners on death row ask for a spiritual adviser to be present in the execution chamber before the government puts them to death.

In an essay using the First Amendment and RLUIPA, discuss whether prisoners should have the right to have a religious adviser present in the execution chamber and what, if any, final religious practices a prisoner should be able to request.

Read additional details on the requirements and access the submission forms at https://bjconline.org/contest/.

The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. The grand prize is a $2000 scholarship.Prizes of $1000 and $500 are also available.

For questions, contact BJC at [email protected]