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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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BJC-led coalition urges President Biden to protect sacred Oak Flat from devastating mining operations

BJC-led coalition urges President Biden to protect sacred Oak Flat from devastating mining operations

A letter signed by nearly 60 religious and religious freedom groups asks for more action from the administration to protect sacred land located in the Tonto National Forest known as Chí’chil Biłdagoteel (translated as “Oak Flat”).
Appeals court says all hostile workplace claims by ministers are barred by ministerial exception

Appeals court says all hostile workplace claims by ministers are barred by ministerial exception

The prohibition on discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act doesn’t just apply to hiring and firing; it also protects against “hostile” work environments. But, what if your work environment is a house of worship and you are a minister?
Ohio governor signs bill allowing medical workers and institutions with conscience-based objections to refuse to provide or refer health care services

Ohio governor signs bill allowing medical workers and institutions with conscience-based objections to refuse to provide or refer health care services

The Ohio law also allows any health care worker or institution with a conscience-based objection to refuse to refer such services to another provider.

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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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BJC community, justice and faith in 2020

Hear from members of BJC's community as they are leading conversations on justice and faith, standing up for others, and responding to today's issues.
A national conversation on white supremacy and American Christianity

A national conversation on white supremacy and American Christianity

This was a live broadcast of BJC's 2020 annual gathering, which was held virtually due to the pandemic. The program features a conversation on white supremacy and American Christianity with author Robert P. Jones and journalist Adelle Banks.
Eboo Patel on Religious Freedom and a Theology of Interfaith Cooperation

Eboo Patel on Religious Freedom and a Theology of Interfaith Cooperation

Dr. Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, delivered this presentation on March 5, 2020, on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, for an event co-hosted by BJC and the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU.