Why Supreme Court’s ruling in Fulton case is critical win for religious minorities
Gayle Myrick gay marriage case: Don’t pick and choose which employee to accommodate
New contraception rule is balanced
Two law firms offer to represent Pensacola for free in Bayview Park cross case
Texas Apache tribe flies free: Column
USA Today, July 7, 2016
We went to court, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and we won, setting new precedent for Native Americans throughout the country. Under theReligious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), our religious rights as Native Americans were protected from unnecessary government intrusion. Last month, the federal government finalized a historic settlement agreement with me and over 400 members of my congregation, recognizing our right to freely use eagle feathers for religious worship. We are now allowed to keep, share, loan, and travel with our eagle feathers, and even obtain new ones from the National Eagle Repository, without any need for a government “permit.” The government also agreed that it will revisit the laws that restrict Native American possession of eagle feathers in the future.
Supreme Court agrees to rule on birth control insurance mandate
Cuban dissidents long to hear Pope Francis preach religious liberty: Column
Supreme Court may be converting on religion
August 1, 2016 USA Today
Some defenders of religious freedom don’t share Alito’s fear for the future.
“The court has been responsive to religious liberty claims in most of the cases in recent years,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says. “I don’t see a reason to think that the court is going to become deaf to religious claims.”
Read more here.
Beards big winner in year-old Hobby Lobby case: Column
American nuns, Chinese booze and religious persecution
NCAA, if you don’t like Indiana law, go to Cuba: column
April 2, 2015, USA Today
The NCAA recently took a break from basketball to lecture the nation about diversity and inclusiveness. Responding to the passage of a religious freedom restoration act (RFRA) in Indiana, the NCAA tells us that it is “deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment” for all its events. The NCAA said it is “especially concerned” about the new Indiana law and its impact on student-athletes and employees in connection with next weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
How a Muslim’s beard might shape Obamacare: Column
USA Today, January 23, 2015
When it comes to American law, no religion is an island. Because our laws treat all religions equally, the “rigorous standard” proclaimed by the Supreme Court protecting Muhammad’s religious liberty also protects the religious liberty of churches, synagogues and religious individuals across the country.
Read the full article here.
Supreme Court justices or mind readers? You be the judge
Contraceptive challenge exposes double standard: Column
USA Today, December 17, 2013
Robert George is a professor at Princeton and serves on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby
Lawsuit challenges ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
USA Today, November 19, 2014
Joining the school district in its effort to have the lawsuit thrown out were lawyers for the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Becket Fund, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes religious freedom.
Supreme Court won’t hear Tenn. mosque case
USA Today – June 3, 2014
Contraception mandate turning into abortion mandate? Column
USA Today, April 29, 2014
During a recent Supreme Court argument over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptives mandate, Justice Anthony Kennedy cut to the heart of the government’s argument. “Under your view,” he told Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, “a for-profit corporation could be forced to pay for abortions.” After some verbal fumbling, Verrilli conceded: “you’re right.” But, he quickly added, there is nothing to fear because there “is no law like that on the books.” Not yet.
N.J. school district sued over ‘under God’ in pledge
USA Today April 21, 2014
A family is suing a New Jersey school district and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every day. A lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District filed in Superior Court in Monmouth County, N.J., on behalf of the family, who wish to remain unidentified, and the American Humanist Association claims that the practice of acknowledging God in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheists, in violation of New Jersey’s constitution.
For-profit doesn’t mean no conscience: Column
USA Today, March 19, 2014
American business needs more conscience, not less, whether from religious motivation like Hobby Lobby or from secular intentions.
Religious challenge to health care law hits high court
USA Today, March 19, 2014
“We see companies act on ethical and philosophical and moral views every day of the week,” says Mark Rienzi, an attorney with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby in court.
Religious liberty should trump HHS mandate: Column
USA Today, February 10, 2014
The Green family, through the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, will file its brief with the Supreme Court Monday seeking relief from paying a daily fine of potentially more than $1.3 million for refusing to violate their biblically based views on life.
Religious freedom applies to businesses
USA Today, August 12, 2013
Our society is better because people and organizations remain free to have other values while earning a living. Does anyone really want a society filled with organizations that can only focus on profits and are barred from thinking of the greater good?
Judge: Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay fines
USA Today, June 29, 2013
“The opinion makes it very clear what is a valid religious belief and what is not,” said Emily Hardman, spokeswoman for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The group is representing the companies and their owners, the Green family.
Blackwell: No compromise in new contraception mandate
USA Today Op-Ed: Christian companies can’t bow to sinful mandate
by David Green, Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
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Column: Christian companies can’t bow to sinful mandate
Contraception fight not just ‘a Catholic thing’
USA Today: ObamaCare Constitution fight not over yet, by: Mark Rienzi
“Last week’s decision has no impact on the religious liberty challenges to the controversial HHS mandate” Continue reading “USA Today: ObamaCare Constitution fight not over yet, by: Mark Rienzi”
Opposing view: Government shouldn’t pick ministers
USA Today- In Hosanna-Tabor, government should butt out
Led by the non-sectarian Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Hosanna-Tabor’s defenders know that a decision against the church could have terrible consequences for freedom of conscience in America. Continue reading “USA Today- In Hosanna-Tabor, government should butt out”
USA Today: Hosanna-Tabor case to test our church-state divide
Read about a case the Becket Fund’s is preparing to bring before the Supreme Court in USA Today. Continue reading “USA Today: Hosanna-Tabor case to test our church-state divide”