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
The Washington Supreme Court found no evidence that Arlene’s Flowers received discriminatory treatment by the government and reaffirmed its ruling that the First Amendment does not require a religious exemption from the state’s nondiscrimination law.
BJC’s Hollman Talks Common Ground in Discussion on Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights Seeks Areas of Common Ground
In a fabulous panel discussion last week, the BJC’s Holly Hollman made a full-throated appeal: when it comes to government funded programs, we as Americans must draw a line.
The Alabama legislature last week passed a bill authorizing school districts to offer elective classes based on the Bible. The measure now heads to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.
The Court is being urged to weaken the standards that keep government from preferring one religion over another.
Those who care about religious liberty in this country need to know about Dunn v. Ray and its astonishing display of Christian preferentialism that threatens everyone’s religious freedom.
After 82 years of faithful service, the BJC’s enduring mission now lives in a new and fluid environment. It would be easy to be discouraged by the current reality, but we are not.