New FEMA funding policy problematic

New FEMA funding policy problematic

By Jennifer Hawks, BJC Associate General Counsel Overturning decades of precedent, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended its internal guidelines to permit houses of worship to apply for disaster relief grants that could to go to repair — and even...
Hollman receives Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award

Hollman receives Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award

BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman was recognized for her work defending religious freedom with the 2018 Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award from the Baylor Line Foundation. The award honors alumni and friends of Baylor University who, by their lives and actions,...
Tax proposal targets the Johnson Amendment

Tax proposal targets the Johnson Amendment

By Jennifer Hawks, BJC Associate General Counsel UPDATE: The final bill does not include language undermining the Johnson Amendment. Original story: As Congress works on passing a tax bill this year, the protections of the “Johnson Amendment” for houses of worship...
BJC joins brief in religious display case

BJC joins brief in religious display case

By Jennifer Hawks, BJC Associate General Counsel A 34-foot Latin cross on government property is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, as a federal court in Florida held earlier this year. The Baptist Joint Committee is one of several religious organizations...