New Police Commissioner Abandons NYPD Muslim Surveillance Program

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New Police Commissioner Abandons NYPD Muslim Surveillance Program

Written by Don Byrd
A new police commissioner in New York has brought new policies. William Bratton put an end to the Demographics Unit, an undercover surveillance operation controversial for targeting Muslim communities, including maintaining files on individual houses of worship. The NYTimes reports the change in attitude and now the end of the program has eased fears and tension.

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Church-state news digest: April 17, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 17, 2014

Take a look at today’s church-state headlines from news outlets across the country.

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Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to contraceptive mandate

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Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to contraceptive mandate

By Lauren Makroe, with BJC Staff Reports
When two corporations — one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites — filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fairly simple terms: The government is forcing them to either break the law or betray their faith.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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Civil rights groups appeal ruling allowing NYPD to spy on Muslims

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Civil rights groups appeal ruling allowing NYPD to spy on Muslims

By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service
Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights on March 21 appealed a federal judge’s ruling that affirmed the right of the New York City Police Department to spy on Muslims based on their faith and ethnicity.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to review Episcopal Church win over Falls Church property

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to review Episcopal Church win over Falls Church property

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
The Supreme Court on March 10 let stand a Virginia court ruling that allows the Episcopal Church to keep the property of a large congregation that left the denomination over theological differences.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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A model of service to others

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A model of service to others

By Brent Walker, Executive Director
A great friend of religious liberty and Baptists everywhere passed away in March. Richard E. Ice was a longtime member of the Baptist Joint Committee Board of Directors and a leader in American Baptist life who modeled service by sharing his talents and gifts and following the passions of his life.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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2014 Shurden Lectures: ‘Cherry-pickers’ misrepresent Founders’ church-state views

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2014 Shurden Lectures: ‘Cherry-pickers’ misrepresent Founders’ church-state views

By Ken Camp and Daniel Wallace of the Baptist Standard with additional material provided by BJC Staff Reports
Two days of lectures at Baylor University shined a spotlight on the relationship between church and state and those who would misrepresent history to serve their own purposes.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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Contraceptive mandate oral arguments shed light on underreported issues

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Contraceptive mandate oral arguments shed light on underreported issues

By Hollyn Hollman, General Counsel
Many issues are at play in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

From the April 2014 Report from the Capital

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