Individual Freedom

Protecting the right to live according to one’s conscience


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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Frankel v. Regents of the University of California

In the wake of the terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, anti-Jewish protests emerged on college campuses nationwide. At UCLA, activists set up an encampment in the heart of campus where they enforced a “Jew Exclusion Zone,” segregating Jewish students ...
Case Status:
Becket Role:
Deciding Court:
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Practice Area(s):
Education, Free Speech, Individual Freedom, Public Square