New contraceptive mandate proposal announced, comment period opened

By Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press, with BJC Staff Reports
The Obama administration proposed a broader opt-out Feb. 1 for religious organizations that object to mandated coverage of contraceptives in employee health care plans, an effort to alleviate religious liberty concerns behind a number of lawsuits challenging the Afford-able Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

From the February 2013 Report from the Capital.

Preachers pray for unity at Inaugural Prayer Service

By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, with BJC Staff Reports
President Barack Obama started his second term with a traditional worship service and a challenge to help heal the nation’s divides.

From the February 2013 Report from the Capital

Standing for principles in all situations

By J. Brent Walker, BJC Executive Director
Defending religious liberty by standing up for the separation of church and state sometimes results in unpopular outcomes. Theological and constitutional principles ensuring religious liberty must apply and be followed in the hard cases as well as the easy cases.

From the February 2013 Report from the Capital

Poll shows a double standard about religious liberty

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the United States is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square.

From the February 2013 Report from the Capital