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Amanda Tyler with an important reminder about Article VI of the U.S. Constitution as Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin.

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Amanda Tyler on the president’s failure to forcefully condemn violent white supremacists at a debate and why we must investigate its root causes.

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BJC’s Charles Watson Jr. reminds us the importance of centering indigenous stories, lives and experiences.

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Some COVID-related worship restrictions upheld, others halted as disputes continue to move through court system

Some COVID-related worship restrictions upheld, others halted as disputes continue to move through court system

Courts across the country continue to hear cases at the intersection of public health restrictions and religious gatherings. Here are updates from Colorado, New York, California, and Washington, D.C.
Religious Liberty discussions on day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing

Religious Liberty discussions on day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing

The third day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett yielded few religious liberty discussions, and none that made any significant advances over the first day of questioning. Watch two exchanges here.
In Day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, some religious liberty discussions, though little depth or insight

In Day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, some religious liberty discussions, though little depth or insight

The first round of questioning from many of the senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee included religious liberty topics.

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The doctrine of the “ministerial exception” and the latest installment in the ongoing saga of challenges to the contraceptive mandate capped off this year’s Supreme Court term. Amanda and Holly give their analysis of those key cases impacting religious liberty and discuss how they interact with other decisions from this blockbuster year. In this season finale, Amanda and Holly also look back at our entire season of Respecting Religion and invite you to continue the conversation.. 

On this episode of Respecting Religion, Amanda and Holly examine the troubling Supreme Court ruling that has major implications for funding education and protecting against government-sponsored religion. They break down the decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, including a concurrence that would undermine the entire Establishment Clause and the different angles taken by the dissenting justices. In segment three, Amanda and Holly share ways they are seeing religion respected in the world around us.

We’re bringing you important conversations on white supremacy and American Christianity in this episode. First, we’ll play the June 26 discussion between researcher Robert P. Jones of PRRI and journalist Adelle Banks from Religion News Service (starting at 2:14). Jones is the author of the forthcoming White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, and he talks with Banks about the church’s current “moment of reckoning” across denominational lines, particularly as white churches have been either blind to their part in systemic racism or have ignored it. This podcast also features Amanda’s call to action from the June 26 event, including the dangers of Christian nationalism (25:39). We’re also bringing you part of a follow-up conversation with BJC’s Charles Watson Jr. and Dr. Alphonso Saville of Georgetown University (37:48), where they discuss a wide range of issues, including how arguments can inform how we proceed and the importance of understanding history.

After President Trump publicly addressed the unrest following the killing of George Floyd, peaceful protesters were violently dispersed and the president posed for a photo holding a Bible in front of a church. This week, Amanda Tyler and Holly Hollman talk about the photo op and what it means in terms of religious liberty and Christian nationalism. They also review the most recent legal developments related to houses of worship and the coronavirus, including a late-night Supreme Court order and an unexplained change on the CDC’s guidance for houses of worship. In the third segment, Amanda and Holly answer listener questions and share important books for self-reflection and action to take a stand against systemic racial injustice.

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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.
Celebrating your commitment to faith freedom for all

Celebrating your commitment to faith freedom for all

Hear from BJC supporters about how our work impacts them and how we work together to defend faith freedom for all.