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Holly Hollman reviews four lessons from the Supreme Court’s 2019 decision about a free-standing cross owned and maintained by the government. 

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Amanda Tyler shares how BJC is providing resources to help you lead conversations in your community about faith freedom for all.

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Holly Hollman provides an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court’s splintered decision in the cross case.


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Federal court invalidates new HHS rule offering conscience protections for health care providers

A new rule issued by the Trump administration, which grants broad conscience protections to medical institutions and personnel who object to providing certain medical services on religious or moral grounds, has been vacated by a federal judge in New York.
Execution of Buddhist inmate in Texas halted again over flaws in revised chaplain policy

Execution of Buddhist inmate in Texas halted again over flaws in revised chaplain policy

A federal judge again halted Patrick Murphy's execution, saying the new Texas chaplain policy still fails constitutional scrutiny because it treats inmates of minority faiths differently than those of other faiths
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Lead the Conversation. A Role for Everyone.

You are the reason BJC has been able to make such great strides this year. First of all, thank you. You’ve joined impactful campaigns, such as Christians Against Christian Nationalism, and listened to and shared our 10-part podcast series of thoughtful conversations with experts and leaders on the topic. Your generous support has enabled us to continue to make a difference with our legal advocacy in the U.S. Supreme Court and to train and equip individuals to meet with their elected officials. Your previous involvement made possible a whole new website and look that is attracting newcomers like never before. But there’s so much more to do. We are living in turbulent times for religious liberty. Let’s keep the momentum going. We all share a similar passion, and yet each of you has something unique to offer—whether it’s advocating to your member of Congress, sharing messages on social media, working with the staff as a BJC Intern, leading as a BJC Fellow, signing a statement, or making all these things happen by supporting our mission with your generous financial donations. With our long history as Baptist freedom fighters, we can equip you to take action in new and different ways.


What’s the antidote to Christian nationalism? To conclude our podcast series, we take a look at what it means to embrace civic pluralism with Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. He talks with BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler about the difference in religious and civic pluralism, the origins of the term “Judeo-Christian,” connections between anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Catholic bigotry, and how we can create a “potluck nation,” where everyone brings their unique contributions to the table.

In light of our conversations about Christian nationalism, this podcast takes a broader view of work in the church-state realm. BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler is joined by Rabbi Ambassador David Saperstein, Melissa Rogers and BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman to look at the challenges to our constitutional commitment to religious liberty for all people. As they note, disagreement on the proper application of the First Amendment’s religion clauses is not necessarily evidence of Christian nationalism. Hear them discuss the complexity in this area of the law, the role of religion in public life, the dangers of government promotion of religion, how the Supreme Court tends to interpret the religion clauses, the protections provided by the separation of church and state, and more.

Join us for a 10-week podcast series on the dangers of Christian nationalism. Amanda Tyler speaks with researchers, journalists, theologians, historians, and others, including Walter Brueggemann, Sister Simone Campbell, Eboo Patel, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, author Steven Green, Bill Leonard, and many more. Episodes release each Wednesday, starting July 31, 2019.


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Amanda Tyler: A Christian against Christian nationalism

BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler shares the dangers she sees in Christian nationalism, a political ideology that seeks to merge American and Christian identities. Join her and Christians across the country in signing the statement calling out this issue at
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Christians Against Christian Nationalism

Join Christians across the country speaking out against #ChristianNationalism, which is a distortion of our faith and a divisive force in our country. Visit to read the statement and add your name.
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BJC Luncheon 2019: Lead the Conversation

At our luncheon, BJC unveiled our new brand and new way to talk about religious liberty in 2019. BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler shares our re-energized look and introduces our new website. Featuring a speech by award-winning thought leader on culture and religion, Jonathan Merritt, author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch.
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Meet BJC

Meet BJC. We are attorneys, Capitol Hill insiders, ministers and scholars who work in the courts, with Congress and in the community to defend the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom for every person, including those who don’t claim a faith tradition.