Religious Liberty

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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Church-state group asks court to strike down gay-marriage bans in three states

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allies filed legal briefs June 16 asking a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  

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Former SBC leader says forcing bakers to serve same-sex weddings ‘anti-Christian bigotry’

Former ethics spokesman Richard Land says the government that would not force a kosher butcher to sell pork cannot expect a Christian baker to participate in a gay wedding.

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