“The cross is a symbol that is specific to Christianity, and the government’s efforts to claim otherwise are hollow and offensive.”
“While the government often partners with private religious entities in ways that meet pressing social needs, it must do so with respect for boundaries that separate church and state and protect religious liberty for everyone.”
In giving such broad deference to President Trump, the Court neglects its duty to uphold our First Amendment principles of religious liberty. Safeguarding religious liberty requires the government to remain neutral with regard to religion, neither favoring one religion over another nor preferring religion or irreligion.
“Rather than determining whether the business owner’s refusal to provide a service violated the law, the Court decided today’s case based on the actions of the administrative body charged with enforcing the law.”
Standing up for religious freedom requires both protecting the free exercise rights of all Americans and ensuring that government neither promotes any one faith tradition or favors religion over irreligion.
“This case implicates an essential aspect of religious freedom in our country: The government cannot enact laws designed to harm a religious group.”
Leading religious freedom attorney Holly Hollman has been named the recipient of the 16th Annual Religious Liberty Dinner National Award
The award will be presented to Ms. Hollman on May 22, 2018, at the 16th annual Religious Liberty Dinner in Washington, D.C., which is co-sponsored by the North American Religious Liberty Association, the International Religious Liberty Association, the Seventh-day Adventist world church and Liberty magazine.
“Those who depend on houses of worship and community nonprofits can breathe a sigh of relief as concerted efforts to weaken the longstanding law that keeps the 501(c)(3) sector free from partisan campaigning were rebuked yet again.”
Mercer University to Host Baptist Joint Committee’s Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State in Atlanta and Macon
Mercer will host the 2018 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State March 20-21 on the University’s Atlanta and Macon campuses. All three lectures are free and open to the public.
BJC responds to removal of language that would have undermined the protections of the Johnson Amendment
If this tax bill passes, one thing Americans won’t have to worry about is whether their house of worship or local charitable nonprofit will be turned into a PAC. This is a big win for churches, synagogues, mosques, all other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and the people who rely on them as a vital part of our society.