Open House at the new Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty

Written by Don Byrd

The Baptist Joint Committee’s brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the contraceptive mandate cases consolidated in Zubik v. Burwell figured prominently in Wednesday’s oral arguments. Much of the subsequent news coverage also featured the BJC.

Here is a run-down of coverage:

NPR’s story from Nina Totenberg includes clips of BJC executive director Brent Walker explaining why the plaintiffs’ claims in this case do not amount to a “substantial burden” under RFRA.

Baptist News Global’s Bob Allen reported on the role of the BJC brief in the Court’s argument in “Little Sisters Get Day in Court.”

Christianity Today referred to the BJC as an “unexpected voice in favor of the government” in this story.

The Baptist Standard reported that “Baptists are represented on both sides of the argument.”

An NBC news story included statements from Walker. See below: