Protecting religious freedom in schools.
Do individuals give up their free speech when they go to school? Do people have to choose between practicing their faith and attending classes? Can schools accommodate religious freedom, or must they treat religion as something dangerous that must be avoided? Can states continue to use Jim Crow-type laws to deny religious groups equal funding in education? These are just a few ways that government tramples upon religious freedom, but Becket has won landmark precedents ensuring freedom for all.
Religious discrimination across the country often happens under the guise of “Blaine Amendments,” which forbid the use of state funds to support religious purposes and were specifically designed to block only Catholic groups from accessing funds. The blatant religious discrimination by state Blaine amendments had them being compared to Jim Crow laws. Despite the Supreme Court’s clear statement that Blaine Amendments were a “doctrine born of bigotry [that] should be buried now,” these amendments continue to plague many state constitutions and are used by activists to deny equal funding in religious education. Becket is leading the fight against these bigoted and discriminatory policies.
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Bauchman v. West High School
Every year West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, held school concerts where students would perform a variety of songs that reflected the diversity of the community’s culture and heritage. In addition to secular songs, the music ...
Oliver v. Hofmeister
A group of Oklahoma parents of children with disabilities returned to court to challenge a ruling that forbids their children from participating in a state scholarship program.
Moses v. Ruszkowski
New Mexico is ranked lowest of all 50 states when it comes to education. Now, a lawsuit threatens to make it even harder for New Mexico school children to get the quality education they deserve. In 2012, two individuals sued to ...
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. Wayne State University
The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship student group on Michigan’s Wayne State University has been on campus for over 75 years, holding Bible studies, hosting discussions on important campus issues, and providing a community for all students. Its goal has always ...
Reaching Souls International, Inc. v. Azar
In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a federal mandate that required employers to provide services like the week-after pill in their health insurance plans. The mandate forced evangelical Christian ministries like Reaching Souls International, Truett-McConnell ...
Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
The Montana Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows Montanans a tax credit for $150 of their contributions to a privately-run scholarship program. However, the Montana Department of Revenue refused to implement the program citing the state’s Blaine Amendment, an archaic ...
Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Kimery v. Broken Arrow Public Schools
Newdow v. Rio Linda Union School District
In 2005, atheist activist Dr. Michael Newdow made another attempt to scrub the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Becket defended California public school parents and their children who wanted to continue voluntarily reciting the Pledge in school. ...
BLinC v. University of Iowa
Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) is a Christian student organization at the University of Iowa whose mission is to form future business leaders who will integrate their religious values into the workplace. In October 2017, the University of Iowa targeted ...
Hood v. Medford Township Board of Education
In 1996, Zachary Hood, a 1st grade student in Medford, New Jersey, chose to bring a children’s Bible to school to read aloud to his class. When his teacher told him that he could not read it because of ...
Grussgott v. Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc.
A former teacher of Hebrew and Jewish studies sued a Wisconsin Jewish Day School in 2016 for unlawful termination. Becket filed an amicus brief in support of the school, explaining that religious organizations must be free to choose their own ...
Colorado Christian University v. Azar
A Christian university is challenging the HHS Mandate for its right to carry out its mission according to its religious values.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. University of Iowa
For 25 years, the InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship student group at the University of Iowa has held Bible studies, hosted community discussions, and supported the wider community through acts of service. InterVarsity encourages and welcomes all students to be members, ...
The Pledge of Allegiance Cases
East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Azar
Baptists in America are sensitive to forced government actions that infringe on their religious liberty. America’s first Baptist leader, Roger Williams, fled Massachusetts and founded a colony in Providence, Rhode Island, because his religious beliefs were not allowed ...
Ave Maria University v. Azar
A Catholic university is challenging the HHS Mandate for its right to carry out its mission according to its religious values.
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris
Mitchell v. Helms
Meredith v. Daniels
Lopez v. Schwartz, Duncan v. State of Nevada
Locke v. Davey
Jenks v. Spry
Good News Club v. Milford Central School
Gaddy v. Georgia Department of Revenue
Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow
Douglas County School District v. Taxpayers for Public Education
Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn
Agostini v. Felton
Fratello v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Becket defends St. Anthony School and its right to choose the ministers of its faith.