The Baptist Joint Committee is the only faith-based agency devoted solely to religious liberty and the institutional separation of church and state. Since 1936, the BJC has continuously provided reliable leadership on church-state issues as it leads coalitions of groups striving to protect both the free exercise of religion and to defend against its establishment by government. Read more.
Baptists value religious freedom and separation of church and state because we suffered the hard lessons of history. The Baptist commitment to religious liberty is centered on our freedom to worship without efforts by the government to advance or restrain religion. God has made us all free – free to say yes, free to say no, and free to make up our own minds about our spiritual destiny. The BJC believes that a threat to anyone’s religious liberty is a threat to everyone‘s liberty. Read more
The separation of church and state is a shorthand metaphor for expressing a deeper truth: religious liberty is best protected when church and state are institutionally separated and neither tries to perform or interfere with the mission and work of the other. It does not require a “segregation” of religion from public life, but it serves both religion clauses in the First Amendment, insisting upon no establishment of religion and ensuring the free exercise of religion. Read more
A bill in Alabama to authorize Bible classes in public schools joins several others inspired by “Project Blitz,” a troubling and coordinated campaign to incorporate religion into public institutions.
What are the constitutional limits for a world religions curriculum in public schools? When does teaching *about* a religion become improper indoctrination? The 4th Circuit dives in.
The National Prayer Breakfast is often an occasion for the President to signal his policy priorities related to religion for the coming year. So, what did President Trump mention this year?
Approximately one in three countries has at least one blasphemy law on the books, which are common tools used by governments in oppressing freedom of belief and expression.
Organizations like the BJC are active in fighting hate. Safety is no longer just an illusion or willful denial – it’s simply not a reality for many.
“Maintaining the United States’ strong leadership in defending religious liberty around the world requires that we attend to challenges at home as well as abroad.”