113th Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant

By David Gibson, Religion News Service
Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” walked into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country.

From the January 2013 Report from the Capital

BJC joins others to urge tracking of hate crimes against Sikhs, Arabs, Hindus

By Jeff Huett, BJC Director of Communications
The Baptist Joint Committee has joined a broad coalition of organizations in urging the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to collect separate data on hate crimes directed against Sikhs, Arabs and Hindus as part of the FBI’s hate crime data collection programs.

From the January 2013 Report from the Capital

Commission suggests ways to keep closer eye on lavish ministries

By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has called for clearer IRS guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other nonprofits that are not being financially accountable.

From the January 2013 Report from the Capital

A ‘no religious test’ scorecard

By J. Brent Walker, BJC Executive Director
Allow me one more restrospective on the interplay of religion and politics in the 2012 elections. It appears that we did a fair job of talking about religion in the public square in a responsible way.

From the January 2013 Report from the Capital

God has never been truant

BJC Executive Director J. Brent Walker reacts to claims that God has been taken out of schools in light of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.

From the January 2013 Report from the Capital