Religious Liberty

Exploring RFRA in light of Hobby Lobby’s narrow victory

We have too much invested in RFRA to allow one decision to prompt an emasculation of that important protection for religious liberty.

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BJC breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Leaders of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty say a 1993 federal law to bolster religious liberty is too important to be undone by a single ruling by the Supreme Court.

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Protecting Christians and Yazidis: Elusive religious freedom

Barbarisms in the name of religion demand a response.

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Prison beard case is Supreme Court’s next church-state decision

With dust settling on the landmark Hobby Lobby decision involving the religious liberty of business owners, the Supreme Court now turns to the question of how far states must go to accommodate the religious exercise of people who are in prison.

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When government spies on religion

Congregants are afraid to participate in religious activities because of informants — in America.

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Clergy divided over religious exemption to discrimination ban in upcoming executive order

President Obama’s decision to ban federal contractors from discriminating against gays raises tough questions for faith communities on both sides of the issue.

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Is — or isn't — religious liberty under siege?

Americans disagree on the extent of religious discrimination in the U.S., with some saying it all comes down to perspective. 

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White House aide, BJC alum, honored at CBF

Melissa Rogers, who serves as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, addressed the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. The 24th annual meeting was held as part of the 2014 CBF General Assembly at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.

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BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

A Baptist church-state watchdog group has filed a legal brief opposing school vouchers in Colorado.

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Merritt, Moore debate Hobby Lobby’s alleged ‘hypocrisy’

If the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby really cared about religious freedom, they would stop doing business with China, a faith-and-culture writer says. Southern Baptists’ top expert on religious-liberty concerns countered that buying from foreigners isn’t the same as denying liberty to U.S. citizens.

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