The final version of a religious-liberty bill did not include language allowing relief whether or not the government is a party, but a supporter of the original bill says with legal precedent determining a corporation can qualify as a “person,” gay marriage opponents are satisfied with the version signed by the governor.

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As protests mount over controversial legislation in Indiana and Arkansas, a leader in the coalition that helped secure passage of landmark federal legislation to make it harder for the government to burden religious exercise weighs in.

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Baptists in Georgia are lining up on opposite sides of a so-called religious liberty bill that opponents say could be used as a license to discriminate.

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A unanimous Supreme Court declared today that a Muslim prisoner can exercise his religious beliefs by adhering to certain religious grooming standards, affirming a landmark 2000 law and agreeing with principles outlined in a brief signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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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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Friday, 15 August 2014 14:48

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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The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is among 98 groups asking the Obama administration not to insert a religious exemption in an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against gays. 

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The now-famous Hobby Lobby case finally has been argued before the Supreme Court, with a decision expected in June. Their claim, on balance, should be denied.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:11

Mississippi religion bill gets new life

A 20-year-old federal law and similar legislation in many states are suddenly controversial as debate turns to whether people can discriminate on religious grounds.

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A coalition of child welfare organizations, survivors of clergy sexual abuse and non-believers says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act pushes aside the Supreme Court’s role in interpreting the Constitution.

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