Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down state’s religious charter school as unconstitutional
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
1w ago
That funding would not only violate the Oklahoma constitution’s prohibition on “using public money for the ‘use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion,’" it would also run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The post Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down state’s religious charter school as unconstitutional appeared first on BJC ..read more
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Secret recordings reveal contrasting views of Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts on role of religion and morality at SCOTUS
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
3w ago
The conversation with Lauren Windsor, posing as a conservative Christian during an annual gathering of the Supreme Court Historical Society, seems to reveal a troubling perspective from Justice Alito. The post Secret recordings reveal contrasting views of Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts on role of religion and morality at SCOTUS appeared first on BJC ..read more
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BJC urges Louisiana Governor to veto law requiring public schools and colleges to post Ten Commandments in every classroom
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
1M ago
The Ten Commandments carry deep religious significance for many observant Americans. Unfortunately, that has made them ripe for exploitation by those who seek to use the institutions of government to promote a religious perspective. The post BJC urges Louisiana Governor to veto law requiring public schools and colleges to post Ten Commandments in every classroom appeared first on BJC ..read more
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Federal court grants injunction reversing university’s denial of religious exemptions from COVID vaccine mandate, spars over inquiry into employees’ sincerity
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
1M ago
The decision impacts only the vaccination mandate examined in this particular case, but it does raise important general questions about how and to what extent an employee’s religious accommodation request can be scrutinized for its sincerity. The post Federal court grants injunction reversing university’s denial of religious exemptions from COVID vaccine mandate, spars over inquiry into employees’ sincerity appeared first on BJC ..read more
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Florida enacts troubling law authorizing volunteer chaplain programs in public schools
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
1M ago
Florida’s leaders could look to Texas for how they handled this issue. "As a growing number of chaplains speak out, school districts will see that these proposals are not simple support for students but, in fact, are deeply problematic," Holly Hollman said. The post Florida enacts troubling law authorizing volunteer chaplain programs in public schools appeared first on BJC ..read more
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Appeals Court maintains halt on Indiana’s abortion ban against plaintiffs who claim a religious liberty right to terminate pregnancy
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
2M ago
Indiana is not the only state with courts considering whether there is a religious freedom right to an abortion in certain circumstances, an argument brought to the forefront once the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs ruled that there is no federal right to an abortion. The post Appeals Court maintains halt on Indiana’s abortion ban against plaintiffs who claim a religious liberty right to terminate pregnancy appeared first on BJC ..read more
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‘Released time’ religious instruction programs for public school students expanding with ‘plug and play’ curricula, state legislation
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
3M ago
A controversial program is spreading across the country that offers grade school children optional Bible instruction during the school day. The post ‘Released time’ religious instruction programs for public school students expanding with ‘plug and play’ curricula, state legislation appeared first on BJC ..read more
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First Muslim appeals court nominee in doubt
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
3M ago
There is no place for subjecting a nominee to questions that demonstrate hostility to their faith, or otherwise suggesting that being Muslim is incompatible with being a federal judge. The post First Muslim appeals court nominee in doubt appeared first on BJC ..read more
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Nine federal agencies announce final rule restoring religious liberty rights discarded by Trump administration
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
4M ago
The Biden administration announced a final rule, jointly issued by nine federal agencies, entitled “Partnerships with Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations.” The post Nine federal agencies announce final rule restoring religious liberty rights discarded by Trump administration appeared first on BJC ..read more
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9th Circuit rules the destruction of Oak Flat likely does not substantially burden religious exercise, campaign to save Oak Flat continues
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
by Don Byrd
4M ago
These disputes could result in the most significant ruling yet by the Court on the application of RFRA, impacting not only the fate of Oak Flat but numerous religious freedom disputes. The post 9th Circuit rules the destruction of Oak Flat likely does not substantially burden religious exercise, campaign to save Oak Flat continues appeared first on BJC ..read more
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