Protecting the right to live, teach and organize according to the dictates of a religion’s faith.
Religious communities, institutions, and schools have the right to live, teach, and organize according to the dictates of their faith. Unfortunately, the rights of many religious communities are under attack, sometimes simply because they stand out from the rest of society. This includes the right of religious communities to select their own leaders and employees free from government interference. Becket’s landmark victory in the 9-0 Supreme Court decision Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC guarantees this right to religious communities.
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Rigdon v. Perry
In June 1996, the Pentagon issued a directive barring military chaplains from discussing moral issues in their sermons. The order prevented Air Force Chaplains Father Vincent Rigdon and Rabbi David Kaye from preaching openly to their congregations about abortion or ...
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. Wayne State University
The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship student group has been at the Michigan’s Wayne State University 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 ...
Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru
Our Lady of Guadalupe School is committed to providing a faith-based education rooted in the Catholic tradition. In 2015 when Ms. Morrissey-Berru, a teacher responsible with leading students in daily prayer and preparing them for mass, began to exhibit poor ...
Colorado Christian University 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 did not accommodate religious objectors like CCU, an interdenominational ...
St. James Catholic School v. Biel
In its 2012 ruling in Hosanna-Tabor, the U.S. Supreme Court protected the right of religious groups to choose those who teach the faith to the next generation, free from government interference. This includes schools like St. James Catholic School, ...
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 ...
Little Sisters of the Poor 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, free of cost. The mandate did not exempt religious non-profits with ...
Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC
Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School operates a K-8 school in Redford, Michigan according to biblical teachings. In 2007, after being dismissed for insubordination, disruptive conduct, and threatening to sue the church – all in violation of church teachings – a commissioned ...
Gundy v. United States
The U.S. Supreme Court had the opportunity to decide whether Congress violated the “nondelegation doctrine” by giving the U.S. Attorney General the power to define whether certain actions constitute crimes—a job the Constitution assigns to Congress, ...
Su v. Stephen Wise Temple
Gaylor v. Mnuchin
For over 60 years, federal law has allowed churches, mosques, and synagogues to give their ministers a “housing allowance” that is exempt from federal income tax. This helps religious leaders live in the communities they serve, and it keeps the ...
Islamic Center of Murfreesboro v. Rutherford County
It was supposed to be like any other house of worship. In 2010, a Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, began building a mosque and community center to accommodate its growing congregation. Little did they know, their innocuous plans would incite ...
Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago
St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish of Chicago, Illinois is dedicated to sharing its Catholic message to a diverse congregation by celebrating Mass in three different languages—English, Spanish, and Polish. As the parish’s musical director and organist, ...
McAllen Grace Brethren Church v. Jewell
Pastor Robert Soto is an award-winning feather dancer and Lipan Apache religious leader who was threatened with criminal fines and imprisonment for using eagle feathers in his religious worship. After an undercover federal agent raided his traditional religious ceremony ...
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 ...
Eternal Word Television Network 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 did not accommodate religious objectors like Eternal Word Television ...
Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
In December 2016, Whole Woman’s Health, a group that runs abortion facilities around the country, sued over a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted human remains. After the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops stood ...
Congregation Jeshuat Israel v. Congregation Shearith Israel
Juma Mosque Congregation of Baku v. Azerbaijan
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 ...
Wheaton College v. Azar
In 2012, a government mandate threatened Wheaton College, a Christian school and one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, with crippling fines unless it violated its religious beliefs. Thanks to Becket, after a five-year court battle, in ...
Gagliardi v. The City of Boca Raton, Fla.
Since 2007, the Chabad of East Boca Raton has been forced to defend its right to build a new synagogue against a hostile and well-funded opposition. In 2015, after years of thorough planning, and while enduring anti-Semitic threats and attacks, the ...
Sac and Fox Nation v. Borough of Jim Thorpe
Pacific Lutheran University v. SEIU Local 925
Islamic Society of Basking Ridge v. Township of Bernards
Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal
Dermody v. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Bear Lodge Multiple Use Assocation v. Babbitt and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius
This Catholic liberal arts college is challenging the HHS mandate.
Society of American Bosnians & Herzegovinians & U.S. v. City of Des Plaines
A small community of Muslims is trying to build a mosque in a Chicago suburb amidst discrimination from the city.
Gloucester County v. G.G.
Lee v. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
A historic African American church in Pittsburgh is defending its right to hold its own pastor accountable for failed religious leadership. When Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church terminated a pastor's employment due to his poor leadership, the former pastor ...
Trump v. Hawaii
Chahal v. Seamunds
Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project
Big Sky Colony v. Montana Department of Labor and Industry
Fratello v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Becket defends St. Anthony School and its right to choose the ministers of its faith.