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Jan 2013 RFTCGet a closer look at the 113th Congress in this edition of Report from the Capital (pdf). The cover story takes a look at the religious diversity of the new group of lawmakers, and BJC Executive Director Brent Walker discusses how America handled the "no religious test" clause in the 2012 elections. Plus, get an update on the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and learn about upcoming speakers at Baptist Joint Committee events in 2013.

Click here to download a pdf of the January 2013 Report from the Capital, or click here to read each story individually on our mobile site.

 
 
Groups Turning to State Law to Make Claims Against Use of "Under God"
Federal courts have consistently ruled constitutional the use of "Under God" in public school recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance. In 2010, for example, the 9th Circuit held that the phrase is not a prayer, but instead an acknowledgement of our "founders' political philos...
 
Louisiana Legislator Pulls State Book Bill
On second thought, Louisiana State Representative Thomas Carmody has decided to end his bid to make the Holy Bible the official state book, just ahead of a scheduled vote of the House yesterday. The Times-Picayune has more: The bill had become a distraction, he said. ... Initially, ...