Brent Walker

Brent Walker

Brent Walker is executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. This column will appear in the February edition of Report from the Capital, the magazine of the Baptist Joint Committee.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:09

High court must not rule RFRA is unconstitutional

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a permissible accommodation of the exercise of religion, not an unconstitutional advancement of religion.

Defending religious liberty gets complicated when feelings of compassion conflict with the principle of separation of church and state.

Friday, 21 December 2012 15:45

God has never been truant

Mike Huckabee’s blaming the Newtown tragedy on God’s removal from public schools is wrong on both theological and constitutional grounds.

One would think we Americans would have learned our lesson by now about supporting or opposing candidates for office on the basis of their religious beliefs. Robert Jeffress’ recent endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry and criticism of Gov. Mitt Romney based largely on their respective faith commitments reminds us we still have a lot of work to do.

Separation of church and state is not the result of 19th century anti-Catholic bigotry and is also not reserved just for the federal government, says Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in his final installment of the series debunking the myths about church-state separation.

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 08:14

Kicking God out of the public square

Are secularists attempting to kick religion out of the public square? Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty considers the argument in an ongoing series about commonly held myths about religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 09:40

Religious freedom cuts two ways

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of commentaries adapted from articles that ran in consecutive issues of Report from the Capital. Yesterday's installment challenged myths that the separation of church and state is not implied in the Constitution and that America was founded as a Christian nation.

The United States of America is one of the most religious and certainly the most religiously diverse nations on the face of the earth. Despite our country's religiosity, many of us were surprised by a recent poll released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life about how little we know about other religions and even our own religion. What's more, despite pride in our democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights that guarantee our fundamental liberties, we are similarly misinformed about our rights under the First Amendment generally and religious liberty in particular. Following is a series of commonly held myths about the separation of church and state.

In President Obama's meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao Jan. 18-21, the issue of human rights and religious liberty must be discussed along with economic and environmental issues.

Thursday, 28 January 2010 15:04

The decade in religious liberty

Dubbed by Time magazine the “decade from hell,” the past 10 years have been ones for which we can say good riddance: September 11, two costly and deadly wars, the economic meltdown. In terms of church-state relations, however, it has been a mixed bag -- some good news, some bad.

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