Report from the Capital

Report from the Capital

In this year-end edition of Report from the Capital, Amanda Tyler looks at the perilous state of our world, Holly Hollman reviews the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at 30, and Jaziah Masters shares reflections on an event bringing together Black Church leaders and Black nontheists. Plus, learn about Tyler’s recent testimony before Congress about the dangers of Christian nationalism, get an update on the work to stop “chaplains” in Texas schools, and see photos of recent BJC events and the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Amanda Tyler says we live in an extreme moment — one that calls us to be extremists: extremists for justice, extremists for love. Read her column.

Since its passage in 1993, Holly Hollman says there have been many changes in the law and the culture affecting how the Religious Fredom Restoration Act and religious liberty, in general, are perceived. Read her column.

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Jaziah Masters examines the impact of the Religious Freedom Mobile Institute’s conversations between Black Church leaders and Black nontheists, reimagining the religious landscape of Black America. Read his reflection.

“Religious persecution around the world, coupled with a resurgence of Christian nationalism at home, means we must redouble our efforts to protect religious minorities and the non-religious — both domestically and globally,” Amanda Tyler told Congress in October 2023. Read more.

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BJC Board Vice Chair Sofi Hersher Andorsky shares why practicing religious freedom requires radical humility. “It requires us to accept that the beliefs and symbols that provide us the most comfort — light even in the darkest of days — are capable of inspiring trepidation, even fear, in others.” Read her story.

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People across racial, cultural and generational lines gathered in August 2023 to continue the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. See photos from Roderious Phillips for Baptist News Global.


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