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BJC’s Amanda Tyler on a violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol, many cloaking their destructive acts in Christian imagery.

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BJC’s Amanda Tyler says what Jeep’s Super Bowl ad misses is that both nostalgic Christian nationalism and violent Christian nationalism are harmful and divisive. Published by Religion News Service.

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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear bid to fly Christian flag at Boston City Hall

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear bid to fly Christian flag at Boston City Hall

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a civic organization challenging Boston's denial of their request to fly a Christian flag temporarily outside city hall.
BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection

BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection

Ramirez v. Collier was brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which bars state and local governments from posing a substantial burden on the religious free exercise of inmates unless that burden is necessary to further a compelling government interest.
NY judge: Muslim women’s suit over forced removal of hijab for booking photo can proceed for money damages

NY judge: Muslim women’s suit over forced removal of hijab for booking photo can proceed for money damages

Two Muslim women are challenging the policy of the New York Police Department that requires arrestees to remove religious headwear for their booking photo.

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In our season finale, we look to the future and the potential ways the Biden administration could impact religious liberty. Our guest for this episode is Melissa Rogers, former executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the Obama administration. Amanda, Holly and Melissa discuss the need for an administration to be organized at the outset and ready for issues that are going to impact religious liberty, both explicitly and implicitly. There is a key difference between an administration making unforced errors and actions that inflame the culture wars. Plus, the trio reviews the religious liberty impact of the Trump administration and the centuries of partnership between the government and religious organizations.  

This summer, the coronavirus pandemic raised novel new questions about religious freedom and government powers. Now, as we head toward winter, what have we learned? Amanda and Holly talk about the latest actions from this surprisingly emotional Supreme Court. Starting with Justice Samuel Alito’s November speech to the Federalist Society (starting at 08:12), they then break down the Thanksgiving eve decision that overturned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s limits on worship in coronavirus hotspots (20:03) and talk about what it might mean for restrictions in other places. Learn more about what’s at stake for religious freedom in these court cases and the importance of comparing apples to apples.

How did Christian nationalism show up on the campaign trail and at the ballot box? What is the possibility for religion to be a positive and unifying force for our politically divided country? How did President-elect Joe Biden talk about religion in his acceptance speech? Amanda and Holly look at religion and politics this election season — the good, the bad and the confusing.


What’s at stake in the high-profile religious liberty case at the Supreme Court this term? Amanda Tyler and Holly Hollman break down the oral arguments in Fulton v. Philadelphia, which centers on whether a religious organization can apply its religious criteria to discriminate when operating as a government contractor delivering foster care services. They share four takeaways and speculate about what sort of decision we might see in the case. Plus, they take a look at how religion has been discussed in terms of voting this week, including problematic implications of a religious test for office.  

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White Christian Nationalism: How Racism Undergirds Christian Nationalism

White Christian Nationalism: How Racism Undergirds Christian Nationalism

This conversation between author and scholar Jemar Tisby and researcher Robert P. Jones sheds light on ways white supremacy is intertwined with Christian nationalism and how we can work to root it out of our churches and ourselves.
Moving Faith Freedom Forward Across the Country

Moving Faith Freedom Forward Across the Country

Hear from members of the BJC community throughout the United States as they share how they are working to take a stand for faith freedom for all.
Fierce Freedom with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Fierce Freedom with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Hear from members of the BJC community and the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis in this program, recorded live on June 18, 2021, as we consider ways to define freedom. The program includes a discussion of freedom with Dr. Lewis and others.    
Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long: Voices of Black Scholars

Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long: Voices of Black Scholars

In our discussions about religious liberty, how can we dismantle a narrative that centers white experiences and upholds white supremacy? Hear from Dr. Nicole Myers Turner of Yale University, Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Dr. Anthony Pinn of Rice University, and Dr. David Goatley of Duke Divinity School.