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Holly Hollman provides an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court splintered decision in the cross case.


defend religious liberty

Religious liberty for all will only be a reality when we revise any theology or ideology that renders some of our neighbors to be less than human.

defend religious liberty

Today, religious communities must lead by example to engage in civil dialogue and mediate deep differences of opinion and belief.


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Texas law barring non-clergy from officiating weddings upheld as constitutional

A federal court says a state can refuse to allow secular individuals (other than government officials) to conduct marriage ceremonies, dismissing a constitutional challenge to a Texas law that only authorizes officers of a religious organization or secular governmental officials for that function.
August 22 designated as day to honor victims of religious violence around the world

August 22 designated as day to honor victims of religious violence around the world

In response to the growing threat of religious violence around the world, the U.N. General Assembly declared August 22 the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Proposed Labor Department rule would expand right of federally funded contractors to discriminate based on religion

Proposed Labor Department rule would expand right of federally funded contractors to discriminate based on religion

This week, the Trump administration announced a new Labor Department rule that would broaden protections for employers who receive federal contracts to be able to hire and fire employees on the basis of the employer’s religious beliefs.


Dr. Andrew Whitehead talks about his work researching Christian nationalism in the second episode of our special podcast series. A professor of sociology at Clemson University, he explains what Christian nationalism is, how he and other researchers measure the ideology, and how it affects the way individuals see the world. Whitehead also shares how Christian nationalism differs from religious practice and the way it impacts all Americans.

In the first episode of our podcast series on Christian nationalism, hear what Christian leaders have to say about the ideology. BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler speaks with Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (starting at 5:19); Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (10:12); Diane Randall from the Friends Committee on National Legislation (15:02); Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (19:14); and Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (23:13).

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.