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BJC’s Amanda Tyler says the hearings in Congres provide an opportunity for the public to see Christian nationalism for what it is.

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Holly Hollman looks at the stakes in the Supreme Court case of Kenedy v. Bremerton and how many are buying in to a false narrative.

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BJC’s Holly Hollman on what’s at stake in the Carson v. Makin case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2021.

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BJC’s Tyler, others, discuss ‘structural aspects of bigotry’ – including religious intolerance – in new report

BJC’s Tyler, others, discuss ‘structural aspects of bigotry’ – including religious intolerance – in new report

In the essay entitled “Religious Intolerance,” Tyler and co-author Dr. John Corrigan, Professor of History and Religion at Florida State University, explained that “religious bigotry, like all structural bigotry, is exercised in order to hold power.”
Supreme Court upends long-standing religious liberty protection for students, sides with football coach

Supreme Court upends long-standing religious liberty protection for students, sides with football coach

The dissent highlighted the many facts that the majority ignored or misstated in characterizing Kennedy’s prayers as private and quiet. No student on the field or parent in the stands should have to weigh their participation against the isolating and offending threat of it turning into a religious spectacle.
BJC’s Tyler to CBS News: Christian nationalism continues to fuel former President Trump’s Big Lie

BJC’s Tyler to CBS News: Christian nationalism continues to fuel former President Trump’s Big Lie

BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler spoke to CBS News about the ways Christian nationalism “absolutely was on display” during President Trump's remarks at an event last week and the insurrection itself.

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It’s been quite the week for the Supreme Court, releasing a decision in a case we were watching and responding to the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion in a case that captured the attention of the entire country. In this episode, Holly and Amanda break down Monday’s ruling in Shurtleff v. Boston – about a city flying a Christian flag – and the recent decision in Ramirez v. Collier – concerning religion in the execution chamber. They also react to the big Supreme Court news this week: the leak of a draft opinion for Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case challenging a Mississippi law that restricts abortion. Amanda and Holly share their reactions to what’s happening at the Court and preview what’s to come. 
This week, the Supreme Court discussed a coach-led prayer practice on the football field, hearing two very different versions of the facts. Amanda and Holly review Monday’s oral arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton in this podcast, sharing their four takeaways and playing key courtroom exchanges. From the fights over the facts to conflating the rights of students and school officials, there are plenty of moments that caused more than fleeting concerns.
A public high school football coach is claiming a right to pray with students on the 50-yard-line immediately after the game while still on duty. What’s the best way to protect religious freedom for everyone in this situation? Amanda and Holly talk about the Supreme Court case of Kennedy v. Bremerton, what’s at stake, and how various groups are portraying what really happened. They go over BJC’s brief, which works to find a solution for everyone that protects the rights of students to be free to make their own choices about what religious practices they want to do and when to do so. Amanda and Holly also discuss the lines between private practice and government speech, and the different rights of students – who are compelled to be at school – and government employees, who represent the government.
The expected and the unexpected came up during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings to be a Supreme Court justice. Amanda and Holly review key exchanges, including questions about her personal religious belief and religious liberty. Plus, they review the jaw-dropping news about texts from Virginia Thomas – wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – on January 6 that showcase the prominence of Christian nationalism in the events and conversations that culminated in the attack on the Capitol. 

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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.