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January’s magazine previews oral arguments in the Supreme Court case EEOC v. Abercrombie, in which the BJC signed a brief in support of religious accommodation in the workplace. This issue also includes Holly Hollman’s review of a new book on religious liberty and an introduction to BJC Staff Counsel Jennifer Hawks.
February’s edition includes Brent Walker’s breakdown of the need for careful and nuanced language in state RFRAs. Also in this issue, Holly Hollman explains why religious freedom doesn’t require risking public health, and the Supreme Court rules in favor a prisoner’s right to a religious grooming practice.
The March issue is headlined by coverage of oral arguments in EEOC v. Abercrombie at the Supreme Court. The magazine also includes details about a new online RFRA tracker edited by BJC blogger Don Byrd, Brent Walker’s review of a new anthology of religious liberty essays, and Staff Counsel Jennifer explains why school vouchers are problematic.
April’s Report from the Capital features Executive Director Brent Walker’s advice on balancing faith and politics while campaigning. The magazine also includes General Council Holly Hollman’s take on the “Utah Compromise” and coverage of Rabbi David Saperstein’s swearing as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
The May issue of Report from the Capital includes coverage of the same-sex marriage cases that came before the Supreme Court. In addition to a wrap-up of oral arguments, Executive Director Brent Walker discusses the church-state side of the cases. Also in this edition, the United States Commission on International Religious releases its annual report and Staff Counsel Jennifer Hawks explains why the Bible should never be officially recognized as a state book.
June’s Report from the Capital is headlined by the the EEOC v. Abercrombie decision to protect religious freedom in the workplace, and BJC Blogger Don Byrd adds his analysis on the significance of the case. The magazine also features a Pew Research survey on the changing demographics of Christianity in America as well as Executive Director Brent Walker’s take on graduation speeches by former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
This edition of the Report from the Capital features a special tribute to former BJC Executive Director, James M. Dunn, who passed away on July 4, 2015. An overview of his life and career gives way to Brent Walker’s reflection on Dunn’s legacy, leadership and friendship, and memories from former BJC staff members. Also included is a breakdown of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage and what it means for people of faith.
In the September and October’s issue of Report from the Capital, General Counsel Holly Hollman explains the impact that the recent controversy with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has on religious freedom in public office. The cover story breaks down the BJC’s involvement with the White House’s new faith-based regulations. Additionally, BJC Executive Director Brent Walker announces his retirement and uses his Reflections column to touch on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.
The November/December issue of Report from the Capital features an overview of the Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty presented by Judge Wendell Griffen at Fuller Theological Seminary. This edition also includes the top religious liberty stories of the year from BJC Blogger Don Byrd, Brent Walker’s tribute to recently deceased BJC board member Steve Case, and Walker’s remarks at the National Cathedral after signing an interfaith religious freedom pledge.