2015 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

2015 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

  Learn more about the 2015 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest in this podcast from the Baptist Joint Committee. BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr. discusses the contest with Communications Associate Jordan Edwards, sharing some tips for interested students and discussing what the judges want to see in submitted essays. At the end of the podcast, hear what a winning essay sounds like as the 2014 winner reads his essay in front of the BJC Board of Directors. For more information about the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, visit www.BJConline.org/contest. Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest Podcast [ 12:52 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Melissa Rogers speaks at 2014 RLC Luncheon

Melissa Rogers speaks at 2014 RLC Luncheon

This episode of the  Baptist Joint Committee Podcast features the 2014 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon keynote address delivered by Melissa Rogers, the executive director of White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In her speech, delivered June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia, she stressed the importance of religious liberty and explained how her office strives to reach out to those in need. For more information about this annual event, visit BJConline.org/luncheon. Melissa Rogers, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships [ 22:27 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Michael Meyerson on The False Divide: Religious Support for Separation of Church and State

Michael Meyerson on The False Divide: Religious Support for Separation of Church and State

In his first presentation for the 2014 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, Michael Meyerson discusses religious support for the separation of church and state in colonial America. A professor of law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore, Meyerson is also the author of three books, including Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America, and numerous law review articles and book chapters. The 2014 Shurden Lectures were held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To learn more about the annual event, visit www.BJConline.org/lectures. Click here to watch the video of this lecture. Visit the BJC’s iTunes channel for a downloadable version of this lecture and other BJC podcasts. Click here for the podcast of his second lecture: “Freedom of Religion: The Framers’ Extraordinary Compromise” Click here for the video of lecture #2. Click here for a complete wrap-up of the 2014 Shurden Lectures, from the April 2014 Report from the Capital. The False Divide: Religious Support for Separation of Church and State [ 41:22 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Michael Meyerson on Freedom of Religion: The Framers’ Extraordinary Compromise

Michael Meyerson on Freedom of Religion: The Framers’ Extraordinary Compromise

In his second and final presentation for the 2014 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, Michael Meyerson discusses how the Framers of our Constitution worked to ensure religious liberty in the United States. A professor of law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore, Meyerson is also the author of three books, including Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America, and numerous law review articles and book chapters. The 2014 Shurden Lectures were held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To learn more about the annual event, visit www.BJConline.org/lectures. Click here to watch the video of this lecture. Visit the BJC’s iTunes channel for a downloadable version of this lecture and other BJC podcasts. Click here for the podcast of his first lecture: “The False Divide: Religious Support for Separation of Church and State” Click here for the video of lecture #1. Click here for a complete wrap-up of the 2014 Shurden Lectures, from the April 2014 Report from the Capital. Michael Meyerson: Freedom of Religion: The Framers' Extraordinary Compromise [ 46:55 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Greece v. Galloway Podcast: Holly Hollman and Nan Futrell on upcoming prayer case

Greece v. Galloway Podcast: Holly Hollman and Nan Futrell on upcoming prayer case

Learn more about the prayer case headed to the Supreme Court from BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman and Staff Counsel Nan Futrell. In this podcast, they discuss the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway and explain the religious liberty principles at stake. The BJC filed a friend-of-the-court brief (amicus brief) in the case opposing the prayer practice, and Hollman and Futrell’s wide-ranging discussion explains the problems with this particular prayer practice and the Baptist Joint Committee’s position. You can click below to listen to the podcast or download it from the BJC’s iTunes channel. To watch some of the prayers given at the Greece Town Board meetings, visit GreecevGalloway.net/prayers. For additional BJC resources on this case, read the BJC news release and a column discussing legislative prayer practices generally. Click here to read a transcript of this podcast. BJC Podcast: Town of Greece v. Galloway [ 20:05 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Podcast transcript: BJC on Town of Greece v. Galloway

Podcast transcript: BJC on Town of Greece v. Galloway

This is a transcript of the podcast featuring BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman and Staff Counsel Nan Futrell discussing the issues involved in the prayer practice at the center of the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. Click here to listen to the podcast. NAN FUTRELL: Welcome to the Baptist Joint Committee podcast. I’m Nan Futrell, BJC staff counsel, and I’m here with our general counsel, Holly Hollman, to talk a little bit about a Supreme Court case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the BJC recently filed an amicus brief and which will be argued before the Supreme Court on November 6. HOLLY HOLLMAN: Thank you, Nan. This is an important religious liberty case and the BJC opposes the Greece town council’s prayer practice. Our brief defends freedom of conscience, and it emphasizes the significance of voluntary prayer. It makes clear our view that it is not the role of government to engage citizens in prayer or lead religious exercises. You know, the opportunity to interact with and influence elected officials on civic matters should not be compromised by government-led prayer. NAN FUTRELL: The case comes out of Greece, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester, and involves the Greece Town Board’s practice of opening its monthly public meetings with prayers offered by volunteer local clergy selected and invited at the town’s sole discretion.  Over a period of about 10 years, about two-thirds of the resulting prayers were specifically Christian. For example, in one striking instance, a Catholic priest led the assembled citizens in reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Like most local government public meetings, the Greece board meetings...