Individual Freedom

Protecting the right to live according to one’s conscience

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Individual religious freedom — akin to “freedom of conscience” — is the human right to believe, express beliefs, and act according to the dictates of an individual’s conscience. Religious freedom does not merely enable us to contemplate our convictions; it enables us to execute them. Because of this, religion cannot be confined to the sphere of private life. Religious freedom protects the rights of individuals to observe their faith at all times–whether at work, at church, in the town hall, in the newspaper column, or elsewhere in the public sphere. Becket defends the right of all individuals to live according to their consciences without government coercion.

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Individual Freedom Cases

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East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Azar

When a government mandate threatened their Baptist beliefs, two Texas universities were forced to court to defend their religious freedom. The 2011 HHS Mandate forced religious non-profits like the to either violate their faith-driven mission by providing services, such as ...

Case Status:
Active
Becket Role:
Counsel
Deciding Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Practice Area(s):
Education, Individual Freedom, Religious Communities

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 ...

Case Status:
Won
Becket Role:
Counsel
Deciding Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Practice Area(s):
Education, Individual Freedom, Religious Communities