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The Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. To enter, write an essay of 800 to 1,200 words addressing the following topic:

The United States of America was religiously diverse at its founding. Its population included numerous Protestant groups, small Catholic and Jewish populations, those who practiced traditional Native American religions as well as those who practiced African religions. The United States has become even more religiously diverse, yet Christianity has remained the majority faith tradition since the country's beginnings. Today, some Americans assert that the country was founded as a "Christian nation" while others contend that statement is a myth.

Using the Constitution and writings of the Founders, research and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation." Include a discussion of the current implications for religious freedom for all people in a democratic country in which the majority rules in elections and ballot initiatives.

Grand prize: $2,000 and airfare and lodging for two to Washington, D.C.*

Second prize: $1,000

Third prize: $250

The BJC's mission is to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, furthering the Baptist heritage that champions the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

For more information, visit this link to the Baptist Joint Committee.

 

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