Report from the Capital
BJC is working to build a faith freedom nation, ensuring all perspectives are welcome to engage constructively in the public square, regardless of religious beliefs. In this magazine, get to know our latest BJC Fellows class, hear from Amanda Tyler on how we’re cultivating a faith freedom nation, stand with indigenous neighbors facing the loss of sacred land at Oak Flat, talk to others about the dangers of white Christian nationalism, learn about religious exemptions to vaccine mandates from Holly Hollman, and more.
BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler says, “We as Americans are not united by our faith or religion. What draws us together is our commitment to standing up for each person’s religious freedom as we would our own.” Read her column.
BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman offers insights on how courts have responded to religious exemptions for vaccine mandates and what the future might hold. Read her column.
How does Christian nationalism undergird racism? BJC hosted a discussion on the topic featuring Dr. Jemar Tisby and Dr. Robert P. Jones, moderated by BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler. Read more.
BJC welcomed the sixth class of BJC Fellows in 2021 to Colonial Williamsburg to hear from historical interpreters as well as BJC staff members and other experts about the historical, legal and theological underpinnings of religious liberty. Read their reflections.
Rabbi Michael G. Holzman and Imam Mohamed Magid share how small acts of kindness can build bridges and create a moral universe where people of different faith groups stand up for each other. Read their full reflection on ReformJudaism.org.