Posts Tagged ‘Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts

Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.

As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) has just filed […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, In the Courts, Religion in the Military, Religious Symbols on Public Property, The U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the third woman and the first Latina to ever serve as a justice.

It’s a historical milestone, and Americans United is looking forward to watching the new justice in action, particularly when it comes to church-state issues.

As we have mentioned […] Read More

May 25th, 2009
By Rob Boston
Freedom of Religion, Resources

The Wall of Separation is taking the day off. If you’re itching for something new to read about separation of church and state, I recommend this page from our friends at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

This document is a lecture delivered by BJC Executive Director the Rev. J. Brent Walker in September of 2005. It was […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

One of my heroes in the church-state world is a feisty Southern Baptist minister named James Dunn.

James ran the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty here in Washington for many years. He is firmly grounded in the historic Baptist view that separation of church and state is good for both institutions. Woe to anyone who suggested that James […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Defending The Courts, Freedom of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

Does the Virginia Statute for Religious Liberty need updating?

As many of you probably know, the Virginia Statute, approved by the state legislature in 1786, ended the Anglican Established Church and guaranteed broad freedom of religion in the commonwealth for the first time.

In ringing language written by Thomas Jefferson, the Statute proclaimed that “no man shall be compelled […] Read More