Pentagon releases rules on religious attire, receives mixed reaction

By Adelle M. Banks, Religious News Service, with BJC Staff Reports
An updated military policy on uniform and grooming standards is being hailed as a welcome step by some religious groups, while Sikhs say it maintains “the presumptive ban” on their articles of faith.

From the February 2014 Report from the Capital.

RFRA’s constitutionality called into question

By Brent Walker, Executive Director
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on March 25 in the contraception case involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, it will be asked to decide novel and difficult questions concerning the interpretation and application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

From the February 2014 Report from the Capital.

Search continues for State Department’s next religious freedom ambassador

By Religion News Service with BJC Staff Reports
It’s been four months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan and elsewhere are wondering how long it’s going to take the White House to name a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

From the February 2014 Report from the Capital.

Church support of the Baptist Joint Committee

By BJC Staff Reports
The Baptist Joint Committee is grateful for the 236 churches who partnered with us in 2013 to advance our mission.

From the February 2014 Report from the Capital