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Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

For over a decade, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has successfully defended the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because the phrase “under God” answers one of the most important questions any community can ask: Where do our rights come from? Although it may seem abstract, that question is…
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The Pledge of Allegiance Cases

For over a decade, Becket has successfully defended the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because the phrase “under God” answers one of the most important questions any community can ask: Where do our rights come from? Although it may seem abstract, that question is one of great practical importance…
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Newdow v. Rio Linda Union School District

“This is about a lot more than just how school kids start their day. It’s about where the next generation thinks its rights come from – the Creator or the State.” —Seamus Hasson, Becket’s Founder Atheist activist continues attack on “under God” in Pledge of Allegiance Just a year after his procedural defeat at the U.S. Supreme…
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New Doe Child # 1 v. The Congress of the United States (Sixth Circuit)

“God” is not a dirty word God is not a dirty word. The Founders believed this and courts have continually upheld their view. Yet atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow has sued again and again to scrub “God” from the public square. For years, he has repeatedly attacked our national motto, “In God We Trust,” by…
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New Doe Child # 1 v. United States of America (Eighth Circuit)

“God” is not a dirty word God is not a dirty word. The Founders believed this and courts have continually protected their view. Yet atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow has sued again and again to scrub “God” from the public square. For years, he has repeatedly attacked our national motto, “In God We Trust,” by…
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American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District

On March 31, 2014, the American Humanist Association (AHA), a group of hypersecularist atheists, partnered with New Jersey atheists to rip the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. The complaint marks their second state level assault on the Pledge. The first suit—a Massachusetts based challenge that raised identical claims—was unanimously rejected by…
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Center for Inquiry v. Jones

Meet Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries Addiction is a major problem and cause of criminal recidivism in the United States. To help break this vicious cycle, the state of Florida works with private organizations like Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries to help those recently released from prison assimilate back…
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Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow

In March of 2000, atheist Michael Newdow sued on behalf of his daughter to strip the words “under God” from the Pledge recited by students in California public schools.Terence Cassidy represented the school district. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later agreed that public schools violate the First Amendment by leading their students in a…
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Calvary Assembly of God, Wisconsin

For more than 50 years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has used an extremely broad interpretation of the tax code to censor and intimidate religious leaders of every faith. In short, they occasionally come out of the shadows and threaten a house of worship with losing its religious tax exemption if its religious leaders speak…
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Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Hanover School District

The year was 2007, the night—Halloween, but trick-or-treaters dressed as ghosts and hobgoblins weren’t the only ones stirring up fanciful fears in New England. No, Dr. Michael Newdow, an atheist and ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, along with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), filed suit to silence the Pledge of Allegiance…
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Living Water Church of God (Okemos Christian Center) v. Township of Meridian

One of the fundamental principles underlying “freedom exercise of religion” is the right to establish church facilities of sufficient size to meet a congregation’s needs. For several years, Meridian Township, Michigan has blocked the Living Water Church of God from expanding its facility to carry out vital ministries of the Church. In August 2005, a…
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Newdow v. United States of America (Second Circuit)

God is not a dirty word. The Founders believed this and courts have continually upheld their view. Yet atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow has sued again and again to scrub “God” from the public square. For years, he has repeatedly attacked our national motto, “In God We Trust,” by suing the government. The motto is…
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Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God

In Believers, Thinkers and Founders: How We Came to be One Nation Under God,  Kevin Seamus Hasson—founder and president emeritus of the Becket Fund for Religious liberty—offers a refreshing resolution to the age-old dispute surrounding the relationship of  religion and state: a return to first principles. “The traditional position,” writes Hasson, “is that our fundamental…
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VICTORY: ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance Upheld Unanimously by Massachusetts’ Highest Court

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Massachusetts’ highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, unanimously rejected the latest lawsuit challenging the words “ under God ” in the Pledge of Allegiance, ensuring that Massachusetts schoolchildren may continue reciting the Pledge in full each morning. The American Humanist Association, an atheist advocacy group, sought to overturn the Pledge in…
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Becket to Court: God is not a dirty word

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Becket urged a court today to protect the national motto “In God We Trust” from an atheist attempt to scrub “God” from all facets of public life. The national motto “In God We Trust” is based on the national anthem and first appeared on U.S. currency in 1864, but atheist activist Dr. Michael…
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Massachusetts School Children, Parents Defend ‘Under God’

Washington, DC.-  Round Four in Becket’s campaign to defend ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance. Today, Massachusetts schoolchildren who want to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in their public school classrooms intervened in Middlesex state court to defend the Pledge. They seek to defeat a lawsuit brought by a hypersecularist group that wants…
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VICTORY: High School Senior Wins Case To Keep “Under God” in Pledge

Washington D.C. – Samantha Jones, a high school student in New Jersey, successfully protected the right of all her fellow students to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety. After hearing Samantha and her family’s case for the words ‘one nation under God,’ a state judge has decided to dismiss the American Humanist…
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Court Victory for “In God We Trust”

Washington, D.C. – “In God We Trust” was protected from yet another militant atheist lawsuit when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected the idea that the nation’s motto must be stripped off of U.S. currency.Atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow has repeatedly brought lawsuits seeking to remove “God” from public life, this time targeting…
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Massachusetts court rejects challenge to ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

WASHINGTON, DC — Yet another challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance foundered Friday when Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty held that Massachusetts schoolchildren may continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in full each morning. The Pledge of Allegiance is being challenged in a lawsuit by the hypersecularist group American Humanist Association,  which asked…
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Appeals court upholds “In God We Trust,” affirms “sea change” in law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal appeals court protected religion in the public square today, rejecting an attempt to strip the national motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and bills. New Doe Child # 1 v. The Congress of the United States is atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow’s most recent loss in a string…
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High School Senior Stands Up for “Under God” in Pledge

Washington, D.C. –  Samantha Jones, a high school student in New Jersey, is standing up for her right to recite Pledge of Allegiance in full. Samantha and her family asked a state judge Wednesday to dismiss the American Humanist Association’s latest attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge. “I’ve been reciting the Pledge since…
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Forgetting the Holy; The Feast of the Intransitive Verb

Every fourth Thursday in November work and school are canceled so that families can gather together for the day and thank - well, we'll get to just who it is they may be thanking in a minute. They also enjoy good food, good company and good football. The holiday is currently called Thanksgiving, although there is reason to think that may have to change. Just about every other religious holiday has been stripped of its original meaning and transformed into a more secular version of its former self. Why should Thanksgiving be any different? In Pittsburgh, Christmas and Hanukkah morphed into "Sparkle Season" and then disintegrated further into "Downtown Pittsburgh Sparkles." Public school systems across the country are renaming the Easter Bunny the "Special Bunny." Even Halloween is being transformed out of concern for its rampant religiosity. In many places it is now the "Fall Festival Celebration." Surely Thanksgiving, a state-sanctioned holiday that purports to give the nation a day to thank God, cannot withstand the small, furious army of radical secularists determined to take the "holy" out of our holidays. A day set aside to thank God can hardly be appropriate when the celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah and even Halloween has become taboo. Something will have to be done. So I have a modest proposal: Let's practice truth-in-labeling and call the November holiday that was formerly Thanksgiving, "The Feast of the Intransitive Verb." Intransitive verbs, as we all remember from those unpleasant days of diagramming sentences in grammar school, are verbs that do not require an object. Verbs in sentences like "The horse ran" and "The wind blows" are intransitive because the horse doesn't have to run anything or the wind blow anything. They can simply run and blow without any object at all. Well, what about the verb "to thank"? It's supposed to have an object. You can't just sit there and "thank." You have to thank someone. Which is why secularists don't use that word much in late November anymore. Their creed requires them to celebrate the day by being grateful while thanking no one. And it's embarrassing to have to choose between being politically and grammatically correct. So secularists prefer the circumlocution "to give thanks." It doesn't require an object. You can get away with "giving thanks" without having to be grateful to anyone in particular. It's much more comfortable that way. Thank whomever you want. Or, don't thank anyone; it's entirely up to you. Either way you can still "give thanks." That's the beauty of using an intransitive verb; it doesn't need any object. Of course, once the object of our gratitude is out of the way it's all downhill. The rest of the day is uncommonly easy to secularize. It has none of the outward trappings of a religious holiday. There are no babes in mangers or symbolic candles to remove from courthouse steps. No one is ringing church bells that require silencing or allowing children to hunt for eggs that must be renamed. The staples of Thanksgiving - turkeys, cornucopias and pumpkin pies - in and of themselves present no real threat to the secularist ascendancy. And the football games are an absolute godsend (so to speak) for secularists. After all, the more distracted we all are the easier it is to forget about the one to whom we owe gratitude. So let's hear it for the Feast of the Intransitive Verb. It's a worthy companion to "Sparkle Season" (formerly known as Christmas), "Special Person Day" (previously St. Valentine's Day), and the "Spring Festival," which was once Easter. Of course, if all this isn't agreeable to you, if it all seems just a little bit extreme, or even if you're just worried that turkey and cranberries may never taste the same again, you could always be a thumb in the eye of the radical secularists. You could insist on thanking God, and not settle for generically "giving thanks." You could tell your neighbors that you're grateful to God for all He's done for you. You could even go so far as to tell your children to do the same - to make sure that amidst all the construction paper turkeys they fashion in school they get the message across that they, too, are thanking God. Defending the public integrity of our holidays is not just petulance. Cultures are built, and eroded, by a succession of public acts both great and small. Everything from the arts we exhibit to the table manners we display makes a difference in building up or wearing down our culture. Public holiday celebrations are particularly potent engines of culture - which is why the secularists have poured so much energy into changing ours. Pittsburgh's "sparkle season," for example, has done great damage, not only to Christmas in Pennsylvania, but to our culture nationally. But the fight is far from over. So this weekend enlist in the culture war and thank God. Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson is the president emeritus of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
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Lawsuit fights against ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance at NJ school

Fox News, November 19, 2014 In a response to the atheists’ lawsuit, New Jersey high school student Samantha Jones is going to court to defend her right to recite the words “one nation under God” in the pledge. Jones and her family are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “When I stand up,…
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N.J. school district sued over ‘under God’ in pledge

USA Today  April 21, 2014 A family is suing a New Jersey school district and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every day. A lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District filed in Superior Court in Monmouth County, N.J., on behalf of the family,…
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Court moves forward with atheist family’s suit against Acton schools over ‘God’ in Pledge

The Lowell Sun, March 25, 2013 The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, which has thrown its support behind the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District, was involved in three previous federal court cases regarding removing “under God” from the Pledge, according to published reports. They were Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, Calif., 2000 to 2004;…
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“Under God” Battled in Massachusetts Court

Yesterday, in Woburn, Massachusetts, a state court judge heard arguments on whether the Pledge of Allegiance should continue as a ritual in Acton-Boxborough school district. In the fourth in a series of lawsuits against the Pledge of Allegiance, secular Humanists have sued the school district, asking the Court to remove the words ‘under God’ from…
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New Jersey student wins court case to keep ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

FOX News, February 6, 2015 Jones and her family were represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Historic defenders of the Pledge like the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, and the American Legion also intervened in the case. “The message today is loud and clear: “God” is not a dirty word,” Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for…
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‘Under God’ in court: Pledge of Allegiance draws new lawsuits

Deseret News National April 24, 2014 The 1954 change, enthusiastically supported by then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, added the words “under God” before the closing phrase “with liberty and justice for all.” Those words have become the target of many, and so far unsuccessful, legal challenges. This week, a humanist family in New Jersey’s Monmouth County went to…
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New Jersey humanists challenge ‘under God’ pledge in schools

Los Angeles Times April 22, 2014 The cases in state courts follow unsuccessful challenges of the “under God” phrase in federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t directly weighed in on the issue’s merits, but several lower courts have rejected the argument that the phrase violates the Constitution’s ban on government-established religion. In New Jersey,…
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Obama, God, and the Profits

Earning money doesn’t suddenly give the government the right to extinguish your constitutional rights. By: Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty A surprising and public rift opened up last week between President Obama and his lawyers over whether profit-making businesses can pursue goals other than making money, including adhering to religious…
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Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Suit Against ‘Under God’ in Pledge

Christian Post, March 25, 2013 Aiding the effort to keep “under God” in the Pledge was The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented Defendant-Intervenors the Joyce family, whose children are students in the Acton-Boxborough School District. Eric Rassbach of The Becket Fund told The Christian Post that “disagreement does not mean discrimination.”
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Maxon v. Fuller Theological Seminary

Training ministers of the gospel As one of the world’s leading Christian seminaries, Fuller Theological Seminary offers a vibrant multidenominational, multiethnic, and international Christian community where Christian students prepare to fulfill their vocations in a variety of ministry settings. For over 70 years, Fuller Theological Seminary has equipped Christian ministers and faith leaders through rigorous…
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University of Iowa tells court: Frats in, God out

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the University of Iowa admitted in court that it discriminates against religious student groups, the InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship asked a federal court yesterday to permanently require equal treatment for all organizations. The case, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. University of Iowa, arose after more than a dozen student religious groups were…
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Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lehigh County

Seals and flags reflect our nation’s history and culture Images of historic significance are common on the seals and flags of states, counties, and towns across America. New Mexico’s flag has a single image: the sacred sun symbol of the Zia Native American tribe. Louisiana’s flag has a symbol of a pelican with a bleeding…
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Little Sisters of the Poor v. Azar

An unconstitutional federal mandate  In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a federal mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act. The mandate required employers to provide all FDA-approved contraceptives in their health insurance plans, including the week-after pill, free of cost. Despite the obvious religious liberty issues with a contraceptive mandate, HHS included…
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Judge tosses suit over saying ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 7, 2015 The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented the Jones family and the Knights of Columbus in the case and was also involved in the Massachusetts case. The American Legion was also a party to the New Jersey lawsuit. Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund, called Bauman’s decision…
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Chi Alpha v. Cal State

For 40 years, a group of Christian students have been gathering at Cal State Stanislaus in California’s Central Valley. They call themselves Chi Alpha (Greek letters standing for “Christ’s Ambassadors”) and they were long a recognized part of student life. All that changed this fall when the university yanked their charter and locked them out of their meeting space. Chi Alpha’s sin? Asking their…
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Lawsuit challenges ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

USA Today, November 19, 2014 Joining the school district in its effort to have the lawsuit thrown out were lawyers for the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Becket Fund, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes religious freedom.
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‘Under God’ likely to remain in pledge despite latest challenge, attorney says

NBC News, September 8, 2013 The deputy counsel of the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Rassbach described himself as a Presbyterian, and said he doesn’t remember saying the pledge in middle or high school. The Becket Fund has represented members of many other religious groups in the past, as well as atheists, he…
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SJC hears atheists’ challenge to ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

Boston Herald, September 4, 2013 “This is using a bazooka to blow up a mole hill,” Becket Fund attorney Eric Rassbach, who represents an Acton family opposed to the idea, said after this morning’s hearing, which he indicated could be just the tipping point of a national movement.
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‘Under God’ part of Pledge of Allegiance under review in Massachusetts

CNN, September 3, 2013 “They’re grasping at straws” said Eric Rassbach of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the attorney arguing to leave the pledge as it is. “They know they would lose again if they tried it under the First Amendment, so now they are trying a new tack.”
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Obama, God, and the Profits

Christian Post, June 6, 2013 Becket Fund counsel Mark Rienzi explains the flaws in the Obama administration’s legal defense of the HHS contraceptive-coverage mandate: “The lawyers have it all wrong. Earning money doesn’t suddenly give the government the right to extinguish your constitutional rights.”
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Is Monotheism the Official State Religion of the United States?

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty That’s what atheist activist and repeat litigant Dr. Michael Newdow thinks. He’s brought another lawsuit seeking to remove the word “God” from public life, this time from the national motto, “In God We Trust.” 
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A pagan, an atheist, and God walk into court: two religion cases are no joke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday and Friday in two separate activist-led lawsuits that will influence the role of religion in the public square. In Bormuth v. Jackson County, a Pagan activist with a long history of anti-religious lawsuits is trying to force county commissioners to…
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Katsareas v. United States Navy

How does an Australian living in Qatar decide to enlist in the United States military?   When Leo Katsareas was a teenager in Australia, he found himself drawn to Islam as a path to Providence and a vehicle for protecting the inalienable rights of others and opposing all forms of oppression. At age sixteen, he converted and began…
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Dalberiste v. GLE Associates

A commitment to the Sabbath Abstaining from work on a “Sabbath” ordained by God is a religious practice that is important to people of many faiths—but particularly to Seventh-day Adventists, as indicated by their name. For Mitche Dalberiste, an environmental technician, this means retreating from the distractions of everyday life to spend time with family,…
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Patterson v. Walgreens

“In a sense attacking my faith and my ability to worship and putting my family’s livelihood at stake was a deeper attack than any that I’ve ever experienced. It was deeper than my race or color, it goes to the very core, my very soul of who I am.”—Darrell Patterson  Work six days, rest the…
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Su v. Stephen Wise Temple

A synagogue’s work at risk Stephen S. Wise Temple is one of the largest and most prominent Reform Jewish synagogues in Southern California, serving its congregation through worship, community service, and education. But the Temple’s work was put at risk when the State of California claimed it could interfere with the synagogue’s internal decisions about…
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Harvest Family Church v. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Pillars of hope and help for disaster-stricken communities In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, houses of worship across Texas opened their doors and welcomed thousands of families forced to evacuate their homes. From housing and feeding evacuees to loading trucks with meals and hygiene supplies, local churches, synagogues, and mosques were pillars of…
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U.S. v. Sterling

Our nation’s military was practicing religious liberty even before our country recognized it’s inherently beneficial traits: solving religious conflicts and advancing the human right to freely seek God. If there is one lesson our military history has taught us it’s that religious diversity works. A recent military court ruling threatens that heritage. A member of…
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Holt v. Hobbs

Becket defended a Muslim inmate's right to grow a 1/2 inch beard according to his religious beliefs.
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God’s Rottweilers

Politico Magazine October 5, 2014 “The Becket Fund is an extraordinarily ecumenical organization,” says Michael McConnell, a prominent religious liberty legal scholar at Stanford Law School. “It’s happenstance, of course, that a case is coming right on the heels of Hobby Lobby that will remind everyone that religious freedom is important and not—in most contexts—a…
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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

A family seeking the American Dream         David and Barbara Green founded Hobby Lobby in a garage. From the beginning, it has been a family business—David worked an extra job to support his family, Barbara mailed out orders, and their children glued picture frames at the kitchen table in exchange for money…
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Canterbury Medalist Rabbi Sacks’ Stirring Defense of Freedom

By Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty “In America, the tree of liberty has religious roots. Don’t believe you can sever those roots and have the tree of liberty survive.” Those words came from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, this year’s Canterbury Medalist. Sitting in the room Thursday night, I watched…
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Di Liscia v. Austin

Beards: a naval tradition and a religious obligation  For most of the nearly 250-year-old history of the U.S. Navy, sailors were known for their beards – indeed, the Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War, Gideon Welles, sported a full, bushy beard. In the 1970s, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, then Chief of Naval Operations, forbade discrimination or any violation of the “rights and privileges” of sailors who chose…
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Danville Christian Academy v. Beshear

Preserving public health while pursuing academic excellence   Danville Christian Academy, located in Danville, Kentucky, is a Christian educational institution serving students from preschool through grade 12. The mission of Danville Christian is “to mold Christ-like scholars, leaders, and servants who will advance the Kingdom of God.” In order to do so, Danville Christian believes that “its students should be educated with a Christian…
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Sossamon v. Texas

Getting right with God Harvey Sossamon was an inmate in a Texas. He wanted to cultivate his faith even while in prison, but he was denied access to the prison chapel for religious services even though other inmates were allowed access to the same space for secular uses such as marriage training sessions and sex…
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St. Vincent Catholic Charities v. Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Whatever you do for the least of my brothers St. Vincent Catholic Charities is driven by faith to minister to the community of Lansing, Michigan. As a Christian organization, St. Vincent believes in the biblical commandment that it must care for the orphan, widow, and refugee. Accordingly, for more than 40 years, St. Vincent has…
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St. James School v. Biel

A Catholic parish school since 1918 St. James Catholic School is a K-8 school in Torrance, California, dedicated to educating students while developing their life in the Roman Catholic faith. It is the parish school for St. James Roman Catholic Church. Since its founding in 1918, the school has lived out the parish’s motto “to…
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Sections:   Free Exercise |  Establishment Clause  |  Property Rights  |  International   FREE EXERCISE The Ministerial Exception After Hosanna-Tabor: Firmly Founded, Increasingly Refined Daniel Blomberg, J. Gregory Grisham The Federalist Society (2019) Courts since 2012 have been asking three major questions as they build on the Supreme Court’s foundation of Hosanna-Tabor: what is a religious ministery,…
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Chahal v. Seamunds

The United States Military Academy at West Point will now accommodate Sikh soldiers, allowing them to wear their essential articles of faith, after two young men persisted for the right to serve their country without being forced to abandon their articles of faith.  Called to serve their country  Cadet Arjan Singh Ghotra has been preparing to serve in…
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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church v. City of New York

The homeless in New York can always count on Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church to find a place to rest. For years, the church has welcomed homeless people to sleep on the steps and sidewalk of its property as part of its religious mission. The church also operates a homeless shelter inside its basement, but that…
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Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius

Unconstitutional mandate threatens a Benedictine college Founded by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College celebrates a rich thousand-year-old monastic tradition of dedicated prayer and learning. Since 1876, the college has striven to carry out a clear mission: “That in all things God may be glorified.” But in 2011, Belmont Abbey’s right to live out its Catholic…
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Singh v. Carter

Torn between serving country and living out faith  Military service has a rich legacy within the Sikh tradition: observant Sikhs have served in the U.S. military from at least World War I through the Vietnam War. For Captain Simratpal “Simmer” Singh, a committed Sikh, the legacy is also personal, as military service runs strong in his family.…
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Moussazadeh v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Prisoners are people too Prisoners lose many of their physical rights when they enter prison, but they do not lose their dignity. They may be unpopular, but they still have human rights. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act (RLUIPA) was established to protect those rights. Congress unanimously passed RLUIPA in 2000 because prison…
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Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers

Meet Barronelle Stutzman, a floral artist and faithful Christian For nearly forty years, Barronelle Stutzman has run Arlene’s Flowers, creating custom floral arrangements in the small town of Richland, Washington. As a Christian, she believes her creativity is a gift, and she uses that gift to honor God in her life’s work. As an artist,…
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East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Azar

Two Christ-centered Texas universities share a mission East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University are Christian liberal arts colleges in Texas that hold faith central to their educational missions. East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is committed to “Christian stewardship” and “academic excellence while integrating faith with learning.”  Its religious beliefs include traditional Christian teachings…
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Colorado Christian University v. Azar

“A university like Colorado Christian University, whose employees and students share its religious convictions concerning the sanctity of life, should not be forced against its beliefs to distribute drugs that it deems to be morally wrong.” – Senior Counsel Eric Baxter An unconstitutional mandate threatens a Christ-centered university For almost a century, Colorado Christian University…
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BREAKING: Little Sister gives landmark statement following Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who care for the elderly poor. The Little Sisters have asked the Supreme Court for protection from a government mandate that is forcing them to provide services against their beliefs.…
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Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen & Holy Cross Anglican Church

As a minister with over 25 years of service and a Benedictine abbot, Father Patrick Malone has long been serious about his faith. So when he  became the vicar of Holy Cross Anglican Church, Father Malone carried that commitment into preaching how to live as faithful Christians. This includes guiding Holy Cross’s 55 members about…
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Ahlquist v. City of Cranston

The Becket Fund is defended the School Committee of the City of Cranston, Rhode Island against a lawsuit from the ACLU of Rhode Island. The ACLU sued the School Committee over a historic mural designed by students that has existed in Cranston High School West’s auditorium for almost 50 years. According to the Committee, the…
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Intermountain Fair Housing Council v. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries

A ministry with a Christian mission: serving those in need What if a Christian homeless shelter were forbidden from holding a Christian chapel service? That almost happened to the Boise Rescue Mission, a ministry that had served the needy in Boise, Idaho for over 50 years. The Mission serves the homeless by offering addiction recovery…
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Town of Greece v. Galloway

A diverse town practices a cherished tradition In the town of Greece, New York, volunteers from any religious faith may commence legislative meetings with a prayer. The town has had a wide variety of volunteers—from Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, to leaders from the Bahá’í and Wiccan traditions. This practice of legislative prayer can be traced back to…
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Darling v. Bakersfield School District

Danielle and Alexandra Darling are students in the Bakersfield City School District and observant Episcopalians. In March 2006, their mother Nona Darling followed school policy and contacted her daughters’ school to be excused at noontime in order to attend Ash Wednesday services. Following their beliefs, the Darling sisters fasted in the morning and planned to break their fast…
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Cotton v. Florida Department of Corrections

Alan J. Cotton was a prisoner in Florida’s Everglades Correctional Institution who tried for several years to get the state Department of Corrections to provide him with kosher meals. Cotton was born and raised in the Jewish faith, and was a “sincere adherent of Orthodox Judaism” who “believes he is required to keep a kosher…
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Lina Joy v. Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan

The story of Lina Joy is a poignant illustration of what happens when the government rejects the notion that individual conviction and choice have a role in religious belief. Lina Joy was born into an ethnic Malay, Muslim family but was led by conscience to convert to Catholicism in 1990. In 1998, she was baptized…
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Court to atheists: religious people can help ex-convicts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida can continue to partner with faith-based groups to serve recently released prisoners, thanks to two prisoner ministries who stood up against an atheist activist group. The ministries, both represented by Becket, argued in court that the law allows religious groups to partner with the state to feed, house, and help former prisoners…
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Behind the Colors

On June 14, millions of Americans will celebrate Flag Day. Unfortunately, the traditional two-minute ceremony by which Americans profess loyalty to their national colors has come under fire yet again. By John Ehrett Over the last several years, repeated challenges have been leveled at one of America’s most revered bastions of patriotism: the Pledge of…
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Massachusetts high court agrees to hear Pledge of Allegiance case

Washington, D.C. — Today Massachusetts’ highest court agreed to hear a case that will decide the fate of the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts public schools. The decision comes in a constitutional challenge to the Pledge brought by a secularist group and defended by schoolchildren represented by Becket Law who seek to maintain the Pledge. After receiving…
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Armando Valladares Speech Transcript

I am not an extraordinary man, and I am quite ordinary. But God chose me for something quite extraordinary. When I was 23 years old I refused to do something that at the time seemed very small. I refused to say a few words, “I’m with Fidel.” First I refused the sign on my desk at…
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Our Mission

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas—the courts of…
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About Us

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that…
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Former Cuban Prisoner: Human-Rights Violations Remain

June 2, 2016, Time  The Castro regime has long loathed religion, because God is their biggest competition when it comes to rights. How can rights come from Fidel, and now Raul, when there is someone much bigger and greater than they? And how can they seize those rights on a totalitarian whim, when they were…
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Atheists abandon decade-old crusade against successful halfway houses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After spending a decade fighting two highly effective homes for ex-convicts in Florida, a New York-based atheist group was forced to surrender when a Court agreed with  Becket  that it  would be “discriminatory” to exclude these homes from state partnerships merely because they were religiously inspired. With a success rate nearly triple the national average, Prisoners of Christ and…
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Mother Loraine Speaks Out for the Little Sisters of the Poor

Washington, D.C. – Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns who vow to serve the elderly poor, made a statement today outside a courthouse in Denver just after a highly anticipated hearing in the case (see video). The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument for Little Sisters of…
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Hobby Lobby Seeks Emergency Relief From Abortion-Pill Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC – Following yesterday’s decision denying its motion for preliminary injunction, Hobby Lobby appealed to the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking relief from the abortion pill mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to providethe “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill” in its health insurance plan or face crippling fines up…
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Texas brothers ask court to end public school discrimination

WASHINGTON – A Catholic family in Texas asked a federal court Monday to allow their boys to join sports and other after-school activities while keeping a strand of their hair uncut and braided as a sign of their faith. In Gonzales v. Mathis Independent School District, the court will decide if the Mathis Independent School District…
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Becket to Texas School: Stop bullying boys for their faith

WASHINGTON – A Catholic family in Texas is suing their school district to allow their children to participate in sports and other afterschool activities while keeping a small strand of their hair uncut and braided as a promise to God. In a letter sent to Mathis Independent School Board today, Becket warned the school that…
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FEMA tells tall tales in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA invited hurricane-hit houses of worship to apply for aid in Houston, yet new evidence submitted in court yesterday shows that FEMA continues to deny aid to numerous churches across Texas in need of disaster relief. In Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, three small Texas churches are challenging FEMA’s aid policy after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Although FEMA uses churches…
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Religion in America: An exclusive photographic event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Becket will unveil an exclusive photo exhibit, Religion in America, as part of its 2017 Canterbury Medal Gala next month. The one-night-only exhibit will take place May 4 and will give an intimate look at how diverse people of faith worship in modern American society. From daily routines to sacred ceremonies and celebratory…
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Native Americans win, feds flee feather fight

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a historic settlement agreement signed last night, the federal government admitted that it was wrong to send an undercover agent to raid a Native American powwow and seize nearly 50 eagle feathers used for religious worship—a raid the government dubbed “Operation PowWow” (watch video). Called “a victory for religious freedom”…
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High School Student Defeats Atheist Activists: Pledge of Allegiance can stay in N.J. Schools

Washington, D.C. – The atheist activist group American Humanist Association has thrown in the towel, deciding not to appeal New Jersey high school student Samantha Jones’ victory in state trial court protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. The decision to give up the case marks Becket‘s fifth victory in a row defending the words “one nation under God.”…
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Supreme Court Grants Emergency Relief to Christian College

Washington, D.C. – In another important victory against the HHS Mandate, Wheaton College received last minute relief from the Supreme Court today, protecting the College’s right to carry out its religious mission free from crippling IRS fines.The Court’s order states that Wheaton “need not use the form prescribed by the Government” under the HHS Mandate,…
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Supreme Court Victory for Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court granted a landmark victory for religious liberty today, ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that individuals do not lose their religious freedom when they open a family business.  The court ruled 5-4 in favor of David and Barbara Green and their family business, Hobby Lobby,…
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Let the Little Sisters be Sisters

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Since their founding in 1839, the Little Sisters of the Poor have existed for just one reason: treating the poor, elderly outcasts of society as if they were Jesus Christ. The Little Sisters’ foundress gave up her bed to the elderly poor, begged…
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Does the Constitution Require Least-Common-Denominator Prayer?

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Today’s oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Town of Greece v. Galloway revealed a stark choice between allowing government to include diverse religious views and forcing government to exclude all but one governmentally approved religious view. At issue was the centuries-old…
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Law, Not Theology

By: Kyle Duncan, General Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The American legal system doesn’t do theology. Thank heavens. No one wants judges telling us whether the Nicene Creed is correct, whether the Red Sea really parted, or whether reincarnation happens. Yes, religious believers sometimes go to court when their rights are violated,…
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VICTORY: 10th Circuit Overturns Denial of Hobby Lobby Injunction

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the en banc 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a major victory to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., by reversing and remanding the district court’s erroneous ruling.  The circuit court returned the case to the district court with instruction to consider whether to grant Hobby Lobby a preliminary injunction.  “Today marks a…
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Hobby Lobby forced to ask Supreme Court to halt abortion drug mandate

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate, which would force the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to provide the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill” in its health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million per day. “The Green family is…
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Federal Court: Hobby Lobby must violate its faith and pay for abortion-pills

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a federal court denied a request to halt enforcement of the abortion pill mandate which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to provide the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million dollars per day. “We disagree with…
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Hobby Lobby Sues over HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, opposing the Health and Human Services mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the…
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Defending the Rights of Religious Expression for Everyone — From Anglicans to Zoroastrians (Bill Mumma in the National Catholic Register)

The Becket Fund’s new president, William Mumma, discusses key threats to religious liberty. by THOMAS L. McDONALD William Mumma– The Becket Fund They boast of working to protect the free expression of all faiths, “from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.” Established in 1994, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, public-interest legal and educational institute…
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Defending Our First Freedom

Archbishop José H. Gomez We are slowly losing our sense of religious liberty in America. There is much evidence to suggest that our society no longer values the public role of religion or recognizes the importance of religious freedom as a basic right. As scholars like Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon and Michael Sandel have observed,…
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The Wall Street Journal- Religion and the Cult of Tolerance

“The Becket Fund is involved in this case because it’s not just about one little Lutheran school in suburban Detroit,” says Fund attorney Eric Rassbach. “It’s about the ability of people of all faiths to work out their relationship with God and one another without the government looking over their shoulder.”
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Indiana Locals defend beloved Christmas display from outsider

WASHINGTON – A local group of ministers in Brownstown, Indiana is defending a beloved nativity scene from an out-of-town stranger represented by the ACLU. After driving by the nativity scene in the close-knit community of Brownstown, the out-of-towner felt offended by the mere sight of the display in the town square and sued the county.…
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Supreme Court rejects government control over religion teachers

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of two California Catholic schools today, finding that the government cannot control a church school’s decision about who teaches its religion classes. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James Catholic School v. Biel, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty defended two Catholic…
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Minnesota to reopen all churches after Catholics and Lutherans stand up for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – After Catholic and Lutheran Churches announced plans to reopen their churches to groups larger than ten without the Governor’s blessing, Minnesota announced today that it would lift that limitation, and clear the way for houses of worship of all faith traditions to open to larger groups starting Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod worked cooperatively with Governor Tim Walz to develop a plan for reopening churches by Pentecost…
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Supreme Court hears major Church-State case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a case that will determine if the government can control who a church school chooses to teach its religion classes. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and in St. James Catholic School v. Biel, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending two…
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Court tells Texas school to stop bullying boys for their faith

WASHINGTON – A Texas family won a major victory today in their quest to let their boys join extracurricular sports and clubs while keeping a strand of hair uncut and braided as a sign of faith. In Gonzales v. Mathis Independent School District, brothers Cesar and Diego Gonzales have been barred for the past two…
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Penn. court: Don’t toss county seal cross

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, is free to continue honoring its history and culture with its 70-year-old seal, including an image of a Latin cross. In FFRF v. Lehigh County, a federal appellate court today rejected an attempt by the Wisconsin-based atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation to censor the image of a cross…
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U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black awarded religious liberty’s highest honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Barry C. Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, has been named Becket’s 2019 Canterbury Medalist for his honorable defense of religious liberty for people of all faiths. The Canterbury Medal, Becket’s highest honor, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious liberty in America and around the…
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2019 Canterbury Medal Gala

In this great nation we must contribute to work to provide a bastion against the secularization of government. -Chaplain Barry Black As a writer, naval officer, and minister, Chaplain Barry Black demonstrates courage in the defense of religious liberty through his spiritual guidance to our nation’s leaders. Every morning, Chaplain Black leads our country’s lawmakers in prayer, and…
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Supreme Court hears case to decide fate of WWI memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, where a group of anti-religious atheists sued to tear down a World War I memorial in Maryland. During oral argument, Chief Justice Roberts raised the argument Becket had urged in its friend-of-the-court brief, suggesting that a historical…
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Atheists try to kick cross to the curb in Penn. county seal case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lehigh County, Pennsylvania defended its historic seal in court today from a militant atheist lawsuit suing to scrub the seal of a religious symbol representing one aspect of the county’s rich history. In FFRF v. Lehigh County, the Wisconsin-based atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Lehigh County, demanding the county remove…
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Pittsburgh church wins right to choose its pastor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, a historic congregation in one of Pittsburgh’s poorest communities, is free to choose its own religious leaders without fear of government interference. In Lee v. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, a federal appellate court today ruled for the small African-American congregation, stating that the First Amendment prevents courts from deciding questions of…
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Appeals court rules for Texas bishops in privacy dispute

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Late yesterday a federal appeals court suspended a trial judge’s order that would have forced the 23 Roman Catholic bishops in Texas to hand over their emails and other private religious communications to an abortion facility. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops had appealed an Austin-based federal trial court’s order issued Sunday…
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Native American Feather Dancer asks feds to end criminal ban on religious use of eagle feathers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Native American feather dancer Robert Soto asked the federal government today to end its criminal ban on using eagle feathers for religious worship, invoking his landmark court victory in a formal rulemaking petition to be filed with the Department of the Interior today. In 2006, an undercover federal agent raided Pastor Soto’s powwow,…
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2018 Canterbury Medal Gala

Religious freedom is the philosophical lynchpin of what lies at the heart of American ideals. -Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is an American Orthodox rabbi and scholar. He is an eloquent and ardent advocate for religious liberty as well as a champion of interfaith relations, individual liberty, and of cultivating one’s own…
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Wheaton College wins five-year battle against HHS mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wheaton College, one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the country, has won the right to carry out its religious mission without fear of government fines. Late yesterday a judge ruled in Wheaton v. Azar that the government would violate federal civil rights laws if it forced Wheaton to provide services like the week-after pill in its healthcare plans against its religious beliefs. The judge’s order permanently forbids the government from imposing that mandate on Wheaton, ending…
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Harvey-hit houses of worship now free to apply for FEMA aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA is now accepting disaster aid applications from houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a result of lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking equal access to relief grants. In Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, and Chabad of Key West v. FEMA, Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God and Chabad of…
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BREAKING: FEMA to stop discriminating against churches, synagogues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid. FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity…
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As cold as ice: 2017 Ebenezer Award winner glorifies winter, nixes holidays

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s beginning to look nothing like Christmas. Christmas trees, menorahs, and the colors red, green, silver, and blue have been deemed inappropriate for college campuses this holiday season, at least according to an official at the University of Minnesota. Only general decorations and party themes such as “winter celebration” were allowed at the University’s College…
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Fairness at FEMA: White House asks Congress for firm fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration submitted a proposed disaster relief aid package calling for Congress to pass legislation that would erase a decades-old FEMA policy that discriminates against houses of worship. The proposed change comes one week after a Houston federal judge set a December 1 deadline for FEMA to change its position…
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Court starts countdown on FEMA religious discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, a Houston federal judge rejected FEMA’s attempt to delay a challenge by three Texas churches asking for equal access to disaster relief aid. The judge also set a December 1 deadline for FEMA to change its position or he would issue a ruling. Since the devastation by Hurricane Harvey in late August, FEMA has denied houses of worship access to federal disaster aid grants while allowing other non-profits to apply.…
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Harvey-hit churches ask court for FEMA fairness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Texas-based houses of worship were in federal court today challenging FEMA’s “no churches need apply” aid policy following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. In Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, the three churches—like hundreds of flooded and damaged churches across Texas and other hurricane-devastated regions—have been denied access to FEMA’s disaster relief simply because they are religious. A ruling in this case will decide whether churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship across the nation…
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Churches and FEMA collide in Houston court today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Houston federal court will hear argument and possibly issue a ruling today Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, a case that will decide whether flooded houses of worship in Texas can have access to certain disaster relief grants on equal footing with other non-profits. After Hurricane Harvey caused one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, Becket filed a lawsuit against FEMA on behalf…
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HHS finally protects Baptist universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new HHS mandate rule announced this morning will at least temporarily protect East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University from providing items such as the week-after pill in their healthcare plan against their religious beliefs. Under the interim rule, the federal contraceptive mandate will remain in place for most employers but will now include an exemption for…
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Archdiocese, synagogue: Court must fix FEMA policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Houston religious groups hit by Hurricane Harvey, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Congregation Torah Vachesed synagogue of Houston, urged a federal court to immediately end a FEMA policy that denies houses of worship equal access to disaster relief. The groups submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, where three small Texas churches are…
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Court protects small-town prayer from pagan activist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal appeals court rejected a one-man crusade to eliminate the long-standing tradition of allowing county commissioners to open their meetings in prayer. In Bormuth v. County of Jackson, the court rejected pagan activist Peter Bormuth’s lawsuit against the county of Jackson, Michigan, addressing an important church-state issue that will likely set…
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Texas churches damaged by Harvey sue FEMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented destruction, flooded churches in Texas have sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seeking equal access to disaster relief grants available to other non-profits. In Harvest Family Church v. FEMA, three small Texas churches damaged by Harvey are challenging a FEMA policy that bans them from applying to its relief program simply because they are religious.   While many private nonprofit organizations, such as museums and zoos, qualify for FEMA’s relief programs to help make basic structural repairs and begin rebuilding, churches, synagogues,…
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Pagan activist looks to end prayer at public meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peter Bormuth, a self-proclaimed pagan activist with a long history of suing local government entities and nonprofits, is suing a county commission to end their right to pray before public meetings. Today, the full 15-member U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard his case, Bormuth v. County of Jackson, in a…
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Supreme Court Briefs

Merits-Stage Cases where Becket served as Counsel to a Party: New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools v. Moses (2016) Becket defended a New Mexico program that lends textbooks to students in public and private schools. The program was aimed at ameliorating New Mexico’s high illiteracy rate, but activists challenged the program under New Mexico’s Blaine Amendment,…
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Atheist group demand kids stop packing Christmas boxes for needy kids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an almost unbelievable act of Christmas time stinginess, this holiday season the American Humanist Association went to court in Colorado in an effort to stop public school children from volunteering for a program that sends care packages to children in need. AHA wants to stop the distribution of these shoe boxes packed with…
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Double-crossed: Veterans’ memorial on activist hit list

WASHINGTON, D.C. –For 90 years, a war memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland has reminded passersby of the ultimate sacrifice made by local soldiers in World War I. Yet today the ironically-named American Humanist Association argued in federal court in Richmond, Virginia, that the memorial honoring fallen soldiers must be torn down because it includes a cross. Known…
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Family fights bigoted law used to target son

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wyatt was bullied, depressed, and failing in elementary school until a state scholarship changed his life. In a groundbreaking video, Wyatt’s family reveals how a law, which would be repealed if Oklahoma ballot measure State Question 790 passes on November 8, would have destroyed his chance for success. The video, released today,…
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Top Becket Victories

Supreme Court Victories See all Becket Supreme Court Briefs here  Agudath Israel v. Cuomo (2021) Jewish synagogues prevail against New York’s draconian and discriminatory COVID-19 restrictions Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish organization, sued New York Governor Cuomo for discriminatory COVID-19 lockdown policies targeting Orthodox Jewish communities and restricting their right to worship. Agudath won the first-ever Supreme Court decision protecting houses of worship during the pandemic. As the Supreme Court explained, “even…
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John H. Garvey is the 15th President of The Catholic University of America.  He was the dean of Boston College Law School from 1999 to 2010 and both practiced law in San Francisco and taught law at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky.  Mr. Garvey is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Religion and…
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Spanish website: California bill harms poor Latino students

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  California politicians are considering a measure that cuts off crucial state aid for low-income minority students this time by discriminatorily cutting it for students, particularly Latinos and African Americans, who choose to attend private religious colleges. A  new website, available in Spanish and English explains how SB 1146 victimizes poor minority students, many of whom are…
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Becket clarifies Hawley’s role in Supreme Court cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Becket issued statements to correct a number of inaccuracies respecting the religious freedom work undertaken by one of its former attorneys, Joshua Hawley, specifically regarding two of its precedent-setting Supreme Court cases: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Holt v. Hobbs. The following statement can be attributed to Peter Dobelbower, General Counsel…
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Supreme Court victory for Texas Baptist Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine East Texas Baptist (ETBU) and Houston Baptist (HBU) Universities for carrying out their religious beliefs in their health plans. It also threw out the lower court decision against the universities. In its decision, the Supreme Court held that after its unprecedented…
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Setting the Captives Free

May 5, 2016, Focus on the Family It’s an effective ministry—so effective that it’s got a contract with Florida’s Department of Corrections, which provides funds for each ex-convict the group takes in. But it’s also a ministry that’s worked under a serious threat for the last nine years. That’s when an atheist group, the Council…
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Army grants religious accommodation to three more Sikhs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army is taking historic steps toward allowing Sikhs to serve in the military. Just one week after deciding to accommodate Bronze Star recipient Captain Simratpal Singh, the Army is now allowing three more Sikhs to serve with their religious beards and turbans in place. Specialist Kanwar Singh, Specialist Harpal Singh, and Private Arjan…
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Soldiers press Army to stop discriminating

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Sikh soldiers are seeking  the right to serve their country without having to violate their faith. Specialist Kanwar Bir Singh, Specialist Harpal Singh, and Private Arjan Singh Ghotra are all scheduled to report for basic combat training in May. Yet Pentagon officials are still threatening to make them shave against their…
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Florida court rules religious groups can help provide social services

March 8, 2016, The Atlas Network  The Becket Fund points out that Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries has helped more than 2,300 former prisoners get back on their feet, with only a fraction of those costs coming from government funding — as little as $14 per day.
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Atheists drop suit to block Christian prison ministry funding

February 24, 2016, New Boston Post The New York-based group, the Center for Inquiry, declined to appeal a Florida county court ruling on Jan. 20 that let the state fund work by Lamb of God Ministries and Prisoners of Christ. The Christian groups have provided housing, food and job assistance to former prisoners to help…
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Thanks to ‘NUN of It’ Court Case Supporters

February 3, 2016, The Tablet With only a few weeks to go before our day in court, what is left to do in order to ensure the success of our case? Our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, often said, “Pray, you have need of grace … If God is with us, it will be accomplished.” And…
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Little Sisters to Highest Court: Protect Our Ministry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago,  the Little Sisters of the Poor,  a  group o f Catholic  nuns who care for the elderly poor, urged the Supreme Court to protect them from $70 million dollars in government fines for refusing to violate their Catholic faith (watch video.) This is the second time the Sisters have been forced to ask…
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Veteran’s hospital bans holiday cheer *facepalm*

WASHINGTON, DC – Heroic veterans and their families are apparently too sensitive to hear the words “Merry Christmas,” at least according to the bureaucrats at a Veterans Administration hospital in Salem, Virginia. The government hospital banned Christmas greetings, “religious” carols, and Christmas trees from all public areas. For that, the hospital leaders earn this year’s…
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Cal State Welcomes Back Chi Alpha Student Ministry

November 24th, 2015, CBN News This month, Chi Alpha, the student ministry of the Assemblies of God, returned to re-start chapters at Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Sacramento, San Diego State, and Cal State Fresno.  
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Christian student group finally allowed back on Cal State campus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After over a year of being kept off campus for its Christian beliefs, the student group Chi Alpha has finally been reinstated at the California State University Stanislaus campus. Chi Alpha, a Christian organization for college students, was kicked off campus at Stanislaus and ordered to change its policies at three other…
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Honoring Courage

November 19, 2015, The Hill Valladares was arrested for refusing to say four words. But he stayed in prison because he refused to sign a piece of paper that would hand moral authority to Castro’s Revolution. He stayed to defend what he later described as his own conscience, his belief in God, his own humanity…
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High Court to decide if Government can force nuns to provide contraceptives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns facing tens of millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot, according to their faith, include contraceptives in their employee health plan. This is the second time…
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Media Advisory: Court Hearing Set for Halfway Houses Run by Religious Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 21, the Circuit Court of Leon County, Florida will hear oral argument in Center for Inquiry v. Jones, a case involving an atheist group’s attempt to shut down a successful Florida program that partners with private halfway houses to serve recently released, drug-addicted prisoners. The atheists sued not only Florida, but…
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Anglican Church Wins Victory For Religious Communities

Washington, D.C. – Last night, on behalf of a Florida-based Anglican Church, Becket won an important victory reaffirming the rights of religious communities everywhere seeking to build new places of worship. “Under federal law, churches must be treated on equal terms with other community groups, no worse than the local rotary, school, or movie theater,”…
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Remembering Whitney Ball, Defender of Liberty

Like all those who knew Whitney Ball, I was so sad to hear of her passing on August 17th; it was too soon and she was too young. Despite contracting cancer at a young age, Whitney lived her life looking forward. In every encounter I had with Whitney I was astonished by her strength, lack…
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Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, for the second time in two years, the Little Sisters of the Poor must ask the Supreme Court to protect them from the government. The order of Catholic nuns and other non-profits have been forced to ask the Court for relief due to the government’s refusal to exempt them from a…
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Court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court’s protection of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government’s HHS mandate. This mandate forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay massive IRS…
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Students Challenge Cal State: Let Us Back on Campus

Washington, D.C. – Today the Chi Alpha student group sent a letter to California State University administrators insisting that it allow Chi Alpha’s local student chapter back on the Cal State Stanislaus campus. The student group was originally kicked off because of “religious discrimination” at the start of the 2014 academic year. Unlike other non-religious student groups…
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Court hears Nun’s Network’s religious freedom case

Washington, D.C. – Minutes ago, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the global Catholic television network founded by a cloistered nun, had its religious freedom case heard in court. (see video). “The government is threatening a religious ministry with millions of dollars in fines for following its faith,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel of Becket and lead attorney…
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Nun’s Network fights for religious freedom from HHS mandate

Washington, D.C. – Founded by cloistered nuns, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)’s religious freedom case will be heard on February 4th (see video). Becket represents EWTN, which is being forced to either violate its faith or pay millions in IRS fines. On July 1, 2014, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals took the rare step…
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Faith firm racks up court wins

The Hill December 9, 2014 The firm launched in 1994, distinguishing itself from other legal shops concerned with religion by representing plaintiffs of all faiths. The fund frequently touts its all-faith approach as a way to push back against critics who charge that the bulk of its time is spent defending conservative Christianity. In addition…
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Media Advisory: Hearing in New Jersey Pledge Challenge, November 19

Washington, D.C. — On November 19, 2014, a state court in New Jersey will consider dismissing the American Humanist Association’s attempt to stop New Jersey school children like Samantha Jones from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in full. This is the second time the atheist group has sued at the state level to cut the words…
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What’s in Wisconsin’s water?

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The Debbie Downers of Madison are at it again – the Freedom From Religion Foundation (“FFRF,” pronounced “furf”) has sent a nasty letter to a high school band in Ohio. What sin is FFRF complaining about this time? Members of the Licking…
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States Stand with Nun’s Network in Defending Religious Liberty

Washington, D.C. – Today the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida asked a federal appeals court to protect religious freedom for Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). EWTN, founded by a cloistered nun and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the Catholic Church, is seeking protection from the HHS Mandate, which requires it either to violate…
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Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases

Los Angles Times July 21, 2014 The tiny Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was the legal power behind the high court’s decision last month to extend religious rights to corporations for the first time. Before that, the Washington firm’s attorneys successfully defended a church school’s religious right to be exempted from federal antidiscrimination rules and, in…
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Defending Ramadan and Religious Freedom

By Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty It’s almost midnight, and my day has just started. While I was immersed in my daily work throughout the day, I moved among my tasks without breaking to eat or drink—for all 17 hours of my Washington, DC July fast. Now that the…
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Six More Religious Groups Win Emergency Relief from HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. – On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed religious freedom for the Green family, founders and owners of Hobby Lobby stores, two federal courts issued decisions making clear the court’s decision will also reach broadly to protect non-profit religious organizations.In two more quick wins for religious freedom Eternal Word Television Network…
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ADVISORY: Supreme Court Victory for Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court granted a victory to David and Barbara Green and their family business, Hobby Lobby, this morning. A press conference call will be held at 12:00pm EST to discuss the ruling and implication of the decision. A full press release will be sent out immediately following the call. The following statement…
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Catholic Nun’s Network Wins Emergency Relief from 11th Circuit

Washington, D.C. – In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), founded by a cloistered nun and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the Catholic Church, was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one day before the world’s largest religious media network would be forced…
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Colorado Christian University Obtains Injunction Against HHS Mandate

Washington D.C. – Colorado Christian University (CCU) scored a victory for religious liberty today when a federal judge in Denver ruled that the Christian-based institution does not have to facilitate access for its employees and students to potentially life-terminating drugs. “This is an important win for religious liberty,” said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at Becket for…
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2014 Canterbury Medalist – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Odyssey Networks June 11, 2014 The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit institute that champions religious liberty through “the courts of law, the courts of public opinion and the academy,” recently bestowed its annual Canterbury Medal on Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks for his work in keeping religion alive in the public square.  According to Sacks,…
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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Awarded Becket’s Highest Honor

New York City, NY – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks received the highest honor awarded by Becket, the nation’s premier religious liberty law firm, at tonight’s 19th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner at the Pierre in New York City, NY. New York Post’s Bill McGurn wrote: “Perhaps only Becket could pull off such an event, a glittering evening…
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Religious liberty honoree Rabbi Lord Sacks builds bridges among faiths

Deseret News, May 14, 2014 Rabbi Sacks’ interfaith work and his passion for religious freedom were recognized Thursday by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty with its 2014 Canterbury Medal, an annual prize recognizing “an individual who has ‘most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s,’ ” the group said.
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VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Prayer

Washington, D.C. – In a significant decision, the Supreme Court of the United States today upheld the constitutionality of the practice of legislative prayer in the landmark religious freedom case Town of Greece v. Galloway. After a lower court decision forbade the Town of Greece, New York from starting council meetings with a prayer from volunteer members…
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” New Jersey lawsuit seeks to ban Pledge of Allegiance”

Religion News Service April 21, 2014 The American Humanist Association is suing a New Jersey school district for its recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public classrooms. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of a local family in central New Jersey, asserts the mandatory recitation of the pledge is discriminatory against nonbelievers because it includes the phrase…
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Supreme Court Hears Landmark Hobby Lobby Case

Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the landmark case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, determining whether individuals lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. At issue is the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate which requires David and Barbara Green and their family business Hobby Lobby to provide and…
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Hobby Lobby has a conscience, too

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty This is almost getting old: at the same time that the federal government is arguing that family-owned business can’t have a conscience, it is lauding big businesses for exercising their conscience in a way that the government likes.
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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Receive Becket’s 2014 Canterbury Medal

Washington, D.C. – Becket is pleased to announce Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, as the recipient of the 19th annual Canterbury Medal for his committed defense of religious liberty. Becket, the nation’s premier religious liberty law firm, awards the Canterbury Medal to an individual who…
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Wheaton College Challenges Controversial HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. – Today Becket refiled its lawsuit on behalf of Wheaton College against the administration’s controversial HHS mandate, which forces the evangelical liberal arts institution to violate its religious teachings or pay ruinous fines. Wheaton College’s original lawsuit was delayed for over a year by the government’s promise of a religious accommodation, but the government still…
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Becket Files Lawsuit for Belmont Abbey College Against Controversial HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. – Today Becket filed a lawsuit on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, against the administration’s HHS mandate. Belmont Abbey College now faces hefty IRS fines unless it complies with the mandate’s requirement to provide its employees with contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs that violate its…
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State of Alabama Joins Nun’s Network to Challenge Controversial HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. – Today, Becket and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined forces with Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in filing a new lawsuit challenging the controversial HHS mandate which forces the Catholic network to violate their religious teachings or pay crippling fines.  EWTN’s original lawsuit against the mandate was delayed for over a year by the…
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Church Benefits Provider and Ministries File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. – Today Becket together with the national law firm Locke Lord LLP filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three non-profit religious organizations who cannot comply with the federal government’s mandate that they provide employees with free access to abortion-inducing drugs and devices: Reaching Souls International, a nonprofit evangelistic ministry dedicated to preaching…
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Private: A Shutdown of Military Religious Liberty?

The recent budgetary conflict on Capitol Hill has grabbed headlines nationwide, and many people are feeling the harm of the federal government’s shutdown. While the facts are still fluid, some reports indicate that the shutdown is starting to affect the ability of our men and women in uniform to exercise their faith. The Archdiocese for…
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Religious Sisters File First Class-Action Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C.,  — Today, Becket filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of Sisters dedicated to caring for the elderly poor (see video). Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees…
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Mass. court hears Pledge of Allegiance challenge

Associated Press, September 4, 2013 Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the justices that the phrase “under God” has a long history as an expression of a “political philosophy” and is not a religious declaration.
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Mass. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

Religion News Service, August 30, 2013 “You would then see a rash of state court lawsuits challenging the pledge all over the country,” said Eric Rassbach from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.. “A win for us would completely avoid that unnecessary harm. And it would affirm that it is not discriminatory to have the…
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Echoes of 1940: New Mexico Supreme Court turns back the clock on free expression

By: Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The Elane Photography decision handed down by the New Mexico Supreme Court last week is notable for many things. Chief among them is a concurrence by Justice Bosson, which chillingly describes the sacrifice of free speech and religious freedom as “the price of…
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Supreme Court urged to uphold prayer at town council meetings

Washington, DC – On Friday, Becket filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to reverse a lower court decision that forbade the Town of Greece, New York, from starting council meetings with prayers led by a volunteer member of the public. Volunteers hail from many different religious traditions, including Christian, Jewish,…
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Media Advisory: Pledge of Allegiance Oral Argument Set for September 4, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Becket will represent local families and the Acton-Boxborough School District before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on September 4, 2013. The court will consider a constitutional challenge to the Pledge brought by a secularist group and defended by schoolchildren who seek to preserve the Pledge. After being briefed on the important constitutional issues…
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Religious Liberty and the “Correct World View”

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel As a recent case working its way through federal courts is bringing to light, Germany has decided it can suppress “the development of religious[ ]” groups by forcing their “integration” into state-controlled institutions. And Germany has chosen a chilling route to enforced cultural conformity—conscripting children. Relying on a law with…
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Religious Liberty Leader Elder Dallin H. Oaks Awarded Becket’s Highest Honor

New York City, NY  –  Tonight Elder Dallin H. Oaks received the highest honor awarded by Becket, the nation’s premier religious liberty law firm, at the 18th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner at the Pierre in New York City, NY. The Canterbury Medal, Becket’s award, is given to a person who has “most resolutely refused to render…
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Fighting the Stupid Public Square

By: Kyle Duncan, General Counsel If a city includes a nativity scene in its holiday display, must it also include a sign mocking the Christmas story as a toxic myth? If the scene has an angel, must it have a devil, too? Raising these strange questions is a new strategy adopted by militant atheist organizations…
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East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University Sue over HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) and Houston Baptist University (HBU) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking the court for relief from the Department of Health and Human Services’ “preventative services” mandate, which forces the Christian Universities to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or…
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Tennessee mosque sues in federal court for right to celebrate religious holiday

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Becket Law, on behalf of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has filed a request for a temporary restraining order in federal district court in Nashville, requesting that the Islamic Center be permitted to use its newly built mosque in time for the religious holiday of Ramadan. Ramadan begins at…
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Becket Co-Hosts Religious Freedom Rallies

  WASHINGTON, DC ─ Becket Law co-sponsored rallies organized by the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” coalition to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences. The rallies…
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His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan signs statement rejecting HHS mandate

Today, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of New York, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, joined more than 500 leading scholars, university presidents and other academic administrators, activists, and religious leaders from a multitude of faiths, in a statement rejecting the governmental Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers to provide,…
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Statement by Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University

It is a sad day when an American citizen or organization has no choice but to sue its own government in order to exercise religious liberty rights guaranteed by our nation’s Constitution. Today Ave Maria University is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, because the U.S.…
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Becket Files Lawsuit for Nun’s TV Network Against Obama’s Abortion Drug Mandate

Thirty years ago, a cloistered nun named Mother Angelica started a small television network in her monastery garage to spread the teachings of the Catholic Church. Today, the network she started is suing the federal government for the right to remain faithful to those teachings. Becket Law filed suit this morning on behalf of Eternal…
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Belmont Abbey College Sues the Federal Government Over New Obamacare Mandate

Washington, DC.- Today, Becket filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Belmont Abbey College over the “Affordable Care Act” (aka “Obamacare”), that forces the College to violate its deeply-held religious beliefs or pay a severe fine. The heart of the lawsuit involves the recently issued Health and Human Services’ mandate that requires…
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Supreme Court Sides with Church 9-0 in Landmark First Amendment Ruling

  Today the Supreme Court decided its most important religious liberty case in twenty years, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The government lost 9-nothing as the Court unanimously rejected its narrow view of religious liberty as “extreme,” “untenable” and “remarkable.” The unanimous decision adopted Becket’s arguments, saying that religious…