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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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Justice Department supports religious discrimination lawsuit over school voucher exclusion

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest” in the case supporting a federal lawsuit challenging the exclusion of a religious school from a state-funded voucher program.
Giving Tuesday 2019: Standing With Our Neighbors

Giving Tuesday 2019: Standing With Our Neighbors

BJC works to ensure everyone is free to practice their faith or no faith. Join us and support #FaithFreedomForAll on #GivingTuesday, and receive a gift to show your commitment.
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New survey confirms again: Americans don’t want to mix election politics and religion

A new Pew Research survey shows yet again that Americans want religion to stay out of the world of electoral politics.


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.