December 8, 2016, Baptist Press
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said the lawyers involved in challenging the health-care systems “are like Robin Hood in reverse: stealing from hospitals who serve the poor in order to line their own pockets.”
“What’s worse is that they want the Court to declare that Christian hospital ministries aren’t actually part of the church,” Rassbach said in in a written release. “We hope the Court will reject their crabbed view of Christian charity.”
Baptist Press, June 6, 2014
More than 300 parties –- some non-profit organizations and some for-profit corporations — have combined to file 97 lawsuits against HHS, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has led a diverse effort challenging the mandate. Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by a pro-life Amish family in Pennsylvania, is a party with Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case, which deals only with for-profit companies. The cases involving non-profits have yet to work their way up to the high court.
Baptist Press, October 14, 2013
“The government’s refusal to treat these ministries as ‘religious employers’ is senseless,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, in a written release. “These people spend their lives teaching and preaching their religious faith — if they do not qualify as ‘religious employers,’ the government needs to get a new definition.”
Baptist Press, August 26, 2013
The Becket Fund wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Elane Photography, saying that the First Amendment protected the photographers’ free speech rights.
Baptist Press, July 30, 2013
Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told Baptist Press, “That split is likely to deepen as other courts of appeals weigh in. It seems to us that the Supreme Court needs to resolve the issue. The split’s only going to get deeper.”
Baptist Press, April 23, 2013
Eric Rassbach of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty agrees. Rassbach co-wrote a Becket Fund amicus brief in favor of the Romeikes. He says the German law not only contradicts an American sense of religious liberty, “I don’t think it fits with the overall idea of human rights.”