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Amanda Tyler reacts to the administration’s expansion of the travel ban on Jan. 31, 2020.

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Amanda Tyler shares the power of your voice and how your advocacy makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors. 

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Holly Hollman examines a bill that provides a new marker for debates about LGBTQ rights and religious liberty.

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11th Circuit returns to Pensacola cross case: After Supreme Court ruling, monument can stay

11th Circuit returns to Pensacola cross case: After Supreme Court ruling, monument can stay

Following the Bladensburg cross case decision, the justices sent the Pensacola case back to the 11th Circuit for reconsideration. There can be no doubt that the Bladensburg cross decision – as narrow as it may have been written – redrew constitutional boundaries when it comes to government-owned religious displays.
Air Force revises grooming rules to accommodate religious beards, head coverings

Air Force revises grooming rules to accommodate religious beards, head coverings

Updated Air Force regulations make clearer and smoother the path for personnel to request and obtain a religious waiver by those who wish to wear religious apparel or are requesting exemptions from rules prohibiting beards and long hair.
Texas files suit against California in U.S. Supreme Court as dispute over religious right of refusal intensifies

Texas files suit against California in U.S. Supreme Court as dispute over religious right of refusal intensifies

Texas is challenging a California law, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt one of the latest developments in the escalating tension between states over the rights of organizations and businesses to refuse to provide services that would conflict with their religious beliefs.

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Why do we need to talk about religion and the law? In the inaugural episode of the “Respecting Religion” podcast series, BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and General Counsel Holly Hollman recount things that have happened in the first few weeks of 2020 (starting at 4:50) and discuss the importance of understanding what’s at stake. They also share their reactions to this year’s unusually political National Prayer Breakfast (28:44), including the lessons it has for all of us. Plus, Amanda and Holly talk about their favorite rejected names for this new podcast series (16:30).

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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BJC Advocacy Trainings: Make a difference

BJC offers advocacy trainings that equip individuals to be more effective advocates and talk to their lawmakers about religious liberty issues. Hear from participants in one of our events on Capitol Hill, and learn more at https://bjconline.org/make-a-difference/.
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BJC Podcast video: Religious freedom, church-state law and Christian nationalism

In this episode of the BJC Podcast 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.
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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 ChristiansAgainstChristianNationalism.org
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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 ChristiansAgainstChristianNationalism.org to read the statement and add your name.