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Repealing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Freedom

ast week at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the newly inaugurated President of the United States repeated his campaign vow to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates. What is the Johnson Amendment? The Johnson Amendment was an IRS tax reform bill that was successfully passed ... Read More »

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

On May 12, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Va) and 103 co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prohibit immigration authorities from refusing to admit aliens based on religion or lack of religion. The “Freedom of Religion Act of 2016” (H.R. 5207) was introduced in response to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign proposal in December 2015 calling for “a total and complete shutdown ... Read More »

Bill Would Limit Scope of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced a bill on May 18, 2016, that would make it harder for people use religious freedom as an excuse to circumvent Federal laws. HR 5272 would limit the scope of the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) of 1993. Specifically, the bill would limit the ability to use free exercise claims to ... Read More »

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s Blog at the Capitol

I’m not naive enough to think that pundits won’t explore the political ramifications of everything they can think of. And since I learned today that a whopping 81% of campaign coverage in 2008 has been about process and politics, rather than substantive policy… Read More »

Can Latino Evangelicals Save the Republican Party?

Republicans don’t like to boast about it in public, but one of the reasons they aren’t necessarily sweating the historic increase in Latino voters in politically pivotal states in future national elections is their faith in God… Read More »

After 50 Years, Confusion Remains Over School Prayer

Someone personally familiar with two of three landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases involving prayer and Bible reading in public schools wonders why 50 years later… Read More »

Ellen G. White & National Moral Reform

Discernibly Proactive Balancing National Temperance Reform with Opposition to Sunday Law Legislation he Seventh-day Adventist Church was born in the era of reform in the relatively new republic of the United States of America. Between 1815 and 1860 a myriad of reform movements flourished. Among these reforms were education, women’s rights, abolition of slavery, health, and even communal groups that ... Read More »

The Great Divide: Separation of Church and State:

Florida bill would foolishly allow government to fund religious institutions… Read More »

Workplace Discrimination Claims on the Rise

Complaints of religious discrimination in the workplace are on the rise, but civil rights advocates say that may not be such a bad thing. That’s because a likely reason for a steady rise in reported incidents… Read More »

The Myth That “God Has Been Thrown Out of Public Schools”

…is not only factually inaccurate, it is often carelessly asserted in a way that harms the public’s understanding of the appropriate and constitutional role of religion in the public schools…. Read More »