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Another cross can stay
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A nickel saved his life and now he walks the halls of Congress
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He’s With Them
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The New York Times – January 11, 2012
Sweat lodge decision shows Gorsuch’s attention to religious liberty
Asian-American band takes on U.S. Supreme Court over ‘Slanted’ logic
January 19, 2017, Fox News
“This is not a general expression program,” Breyer said. “It stops nobody from saying anything.”
An amicus brief was also filed by advocacy group, the Becket Fund, in support of Tam and his band mates.
Top 10 Religious Liberty Events Of 2015
December 23, 2015, The Federalist
2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for freedom, but before the fun begins, let’s review the biggest winners (and losers) of 2015. The following are not in order of importance—just numbered as a tally.
1. Government Forcing Nuns to Pay for Other People’s Birth Control
The government does not force big businesses like Exxon, Pepsi Cola, the Church of Scientology, or even its own military to provide all contraceptives. Yet it’s telling the courts it needs the Little Sisters of the Poor—nuns who serve the poor, dying elderly—to do so. Penalty to the nuns if they do not obey: $70 million per year! The government apparently thinks it is improving healthcare by taking millions of dollars from nursing homes for the elderly poor. In 2016 the Supreme Court will decide who is right.
No war on Christmas: In many communities, officials opt to surrender
December 21, 2015, The Washington Times
As the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty put it, “Just as the government doesn’t have to include a pacifist memorial next to every war memorial, it doesn’t have to include mockery of religion next to every creche or Christmas tree.”
Since 2000, the Becket Fund has fought government capitulation on religious displays with its annual Ebenezer Awards.
“I think in general, the American public is happy to accommodate everyone else’s religion, and most of us are happy to hear ‘Happy Hanukkah’ from someone,” said Becket senior counsel Eric Baxter. “But there are certainly some government bureaucrats who feel like they have to suppress religion, which is really unnecessary.”
Becket Fund Helps Clergy Intervene In Parsonage Lawsuit
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Hospitals’ religious liberty & the Supreme Court
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.”
Playground spat looms as key church-state separation case
California Church Threatened With $500 Per Day Fine After Gospel Choir Accused of Excessive Noise — but They’re Fighting Back
The Fight for Equal Rights: Can Global Religious Freedom Help Support Women’s Rights?
The danger of forcing doctors to perform gender transitions
October 14, 2016, Catholic News Agency
“Sensitive, difficult medical decisions should be between a family and their doctor, not government bureaucrats,” Lori Windham, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, stated in the letter.
“The government continues to speak out of both sides of its mouth,” she continued. “The military rightly gives doctors freedom to care for patients according to their medical judgment because it acknowledges the risks of transgender medical procedures, particularly for children; yet HHS tramples on doctors’ medical judgment, even for potentially harmful procedures for children.”
Two years later, few Hobby Lobby copycats emerge
October 11, 2016, Politico
Several other religious non-profits filed for the accommodation, as well, including St. Joseph’s Abbey, a community of monks in Massachusetts, and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.
Mark Rienzi, a Becket Fund attorney who has represented several clients opposed to the mandate and accommodation, including the Little Sisters of the Poor order of Catholic nuns, said the number of employers that want to opt out is tiny, compared with employers whose health plans are grandfathered so they don’t have to comply with the contraceptive provision until their health plans change.
Divided Supreme Court Begins New Term in Shadow of Election Politics
Mormons challenged for religious belief in school, online seek relief
I.R.S. Inquiry Into Sermon Is Challenged by Church
Team Obama’s new low in the name of ‘trans rights’
August 27, 2016, New York Post
One of the top guardians of American freedoms just entered the fight against the Obama administration’s insane excesses in the name of “trans rights.”
Headed to court to toss the HHS rule is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is undefeated before the Supreme Court — capped by four wins when going up against the Obama administration.
Becket’s clients of record here include Franciscan Alliance, a religious hospital network, and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations; five states have also joined the lawsuit.
Military court claims power to decide ‘importance’ of religion
August 11, 2016, WND
This is a real-life example of why judges shouldn’t play theologians,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Sterling.
Lawmaker changes bill affecting California’s religious colleges
August 10, 2016, Deseret News
While initial reports of Wednesday’s development did explain why the sponsor, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, agreed to amend the bill, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty attributed the change to a website and series of videos showing how the bill would victimize minorities attending the affected religious schools.
Court to decide: Can discriminatory law end education program?
July 27, 2016, Meridian Magazine
Nevada activist groups continue their quest to block low-income and special needs children from receiving a quality education by using an anti-Catholic law from the 19th century to shut down a Nevada program. In a brief filed yesterday, Becket urged the Nevada Supreme Court to protect the children and the religious schools they attend from discrimination.
Appeals court: Florida must provide prisoners kosher food
July 14, 2016, The Associated Press
Supporters of the kosher program praised the ruling, which was released only two days after the judges heard oral arguments.
“This is a huge win, and it perfectly shows how protecting religious liberty for any Americans ultimately protects it for all Americans,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that filed a friend-of-court brief in the case. “Allowing prisoners to practice their faith is better for them, better for prisons, and better for society.”
Appeals court hears case over kosher food in Florida prisons
The Sun Sentinel, July 12, 2016
An attorney for Florida told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday the estimated $12.3 million cost of the program could become prohibitive if other budget needs arise. The state is appealing a decision by a lower court judge requiring that it provide kosher food to Jewish inmates and others who request it for religious reasons.
Washington Lets Apaches Wear Feathers
June 13, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
The federal government has agreed to allow a group of Native Americans to practice their religious faith. Yes, that’s news given Obama Administration hostility to freedom of conscience. On Monday lawyers for the Department of the Interior and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty intend to ask a federal judge to approve a settlement allowing the Lipan Apache tribe of Texas to use eagle feathers in the traditional exercise of their beliefs.
Orthodox Woman Sues Washington Airports Authority for Not Allowing Her Passover Time Off
June 9, 2016, Forward
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the American Jewish Committee each filed a friend of the court brief on Tuesday with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on behalf of Susan Abeles, who retired involuntarily in 2013 after working for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for 26 years. She was accused of being absent without leave on the last two days of Passover that year and suspended for five days without pay.
Big Win for Little Sisters
May 16, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
“The solution the justices pointed to has been around for years but this administration has refused all opportunities to compromise,” says the Becket Fund’s president, William Mumma. “On Monday the Supreme Court smacked them down for it.”
New Jersey Mosque Gets Interfaith Support In Building Permit Fight
May 11, 2016, The Huffington Post
“A Muslim mosque cannot be subjected to a different land-use approval process than a Christian church simply because local protesters oppose the mosque,” the brief states.
EWTN asks for rehearing on contraception mandate; feds want to ‘hijack our health plan’
May 6, 2016, AL.com
EWTN said in a statement that the federal government now admits it never had a viable opt-out plan for religious organizations burdened by the requirements. It accused the federal government of wanting to “hijack our health plan.”
Setting the Captives Free
May 5, 2016, Focus on the Family
It’s an effective ministry—so effective that it’s got a contract with Florida’s Department of Corrections, which provides funds for each ex-convict the group takes in. But it’s also a ministry that’s worked under a serious threat for the last nine years. That’s when an atheist group, the Council for Secular Humanism, sued to shut down that funding to both Prisoners of Christ and a similar ministry, Lamb of God Recovery Centers, based in Pompano Beach.
Who Is Monifa Sterling? Bible And Religious Freedom Debated By Military Court After Marine Discharged For Sharing Scripture
April 29, 2016, International Business Times
“The other charges aren’t being challenged in this appeal. The only issue before the court is whether the military violated Lance Cpl. Sterling’s right to religious freedom by discriminatorily forcing her to remove her scripture verses from her workspace,” Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for The Becket Fund, told Military.com.
Q&A: The Becket Fund founder’s surprising solution to end conflict between church and state
April 29, 2016, Deseret News
“What if it is possible for the government to acknowledge the existence of a God who is the source of our rights — and mean it — without doing so religiously?” the founder and president emeritus of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty writes in his new book.
U.S. Supreme Court sides with ex-N.J. cop who claims demotion was political payback
April 27, 2016, NJ.com
“Even Snooki knows that picking up a campaign sign is protected by the First Amendment,” Stephanie Barclay, counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Tuesday. “It’s sad that this case had to go all the way to the Supreme Court for the city of Paterson, New Jersey, to learn that freedom of speech and the right to assemble are core rights of American citizens.”
An Unnecessary Fight With the Little Sisters
April 22, 2016, Real Clear Politics
Which of the following seems out of place: Visa, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Pepsi, the Little Sisters of the Poor. If you answered the Little Sisters of the Poor, you answered correctly! If you did so because the first four options are major corporations and the last choice is an order of nuns who care for destitute and dying elderly people, you were only partially correct. The Little Sisters are also the correct out-of-place selection because they are the only option not exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
Discharged Marine Heads to Court over Workplace Bible Verse Posting
Little Sisters, Religious Liberty and the Battle of the Briefs
April 16, 2016, The Stream
The Little Sisters of the Poor and their allies have entered a new stage in their battle against the Obama administration’s requirement that they participate in insuring contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization.
We would accept Supreme Court’s offer on contraception mandate, say Little Sisters and others
April 15, 2016, Catholic Herald
The groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, have agreed with a US Supreme Court proposal that such coverage be provided through an alternative health care plan without involving the religious employers in a legal brief filed with the court.
In a changing US Army, turbans and hijabs allowed
April 15 2016, Christian Science Monitor
This week’s decision is a clear sign that the US Army is becoming increasingly open to diversity, says Diana Verm, an attorney at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit public interest law firm that specializes in religious freedom cases.
Religious Nonprofits Give Supreme Court Path Out of Obamacare Quandary
April 14, 2016, Aleteia
There are several ways in which employees of religious nonprofit organizations can obtain contraceptive coverage that do not involve any participation of the non-profits.
That is the stance of the religious organizations fighting a provision of Obamacare at the Supreme Court.
Cuban poet Valladares to receive Becket’s Canterbury Medal
April 13, 2016, New Boston Post
In May, he will be awarded the Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in recognition of his fight for freedom of conscience and liberty.
Army Lets Three More Sikh Soldiers Wear Turban, Beard, Long Hair
April 12, 2016, Military.com
“The Army’s decision is not legally binding … and may be withdrawn at any time,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Fund for Religious Liberty. “In fact, the Army has already stated that the accommodations will be re-evaluated in approximately one year.”
Army allows three Sikh enlistees to wear beards, turbans
April 11, 2016, The Hill
“For decades, Sikhs have been excluded from serving our country because of their faith while many other countries recognize their valor and patriotism—and benefit from it,” Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund, said in a written statement. “The Army’s current agreement to stop discriminating against these individual soldiers is an important step, but the court should still issue a ruling to extend that protection to all Sikhs.”
Sikh Army Captain Wins Religious Freedom Victory
April 7, 2016, Law Street
What makes this scenario particularly incredulous is that Sikhs served in the U.S military from WW1 through 1981 without restrictions on their religious articles of faith. Sikhs already enrolled in the services before the 1981 restriction were grandfathered. The Army claims the turban and hair could impede the soldiers from fully securing gas masks on themselves, or other protective gear, yet military divisions in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia allow Sikhs to serve without any restrictions.
U.S. Army allows decorated Sikh officer to wear turban, beard while in uniform
April 6, 2016, Christian Today
In the decision, Wada told Singh that while assigned or performing non-hazardous duties, he may wear a beard, turban and uncut hair but these should be worn in such as way that they would not impair his ability to wear the army combat helmet or other protective equipment.
U.S. Army OKs religious exception for turban, beard
April 5, 2016, WND
“No American should have to face religious discrimination to serve their country – especially not top-notch, battle-tested soldiers like Captain Singh,” Baxter said, the Sikh Foundation reported April 1. “We will continue fighting for the right of all Sikh Americans to serve without violating their faith.”
Sikh Army captain wins right to wear turban, beard
April 4, 2016, New Boston Post
On March 30, the service released a memorandum with both permission and strict instructions for Capt. Simratpal Singh’s uniform accommodation, “until the Army publishes formal standards.”
Army Relents, Grants Waiver to Let Sikh Officer Wear Beard, Turban
April 1, 2016, Military.com
In a statement released Friday morning by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the law firm representing him, Singh expressed gratitude for Wada’s decision. “I’m proud to be an American soldier,” he said. “More than ever, the military needs to reflect the diversity of our great nation. I’m grateful the Army is allowing me to serve without being forced to compromise my religion.”
Sikh group threatens legal action as religious accommodation decision nears
March 31, 2016, The Hill
“At the end of the day this is so much bigger than whether or not Sikhs are allowed to wear turbans in the military,” Kaur said. “It’s about whether or not our military actually values the laws and freedoms that it purports to protect.”
SCOTUS seeks new birth control policy
March 30, 2016, Politico
The challengers believe the order means the court won’t uphold the existing accommodation. “They wouldn’t be asking about alternatives to the accommodation if they [found it acceptable],” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents an order of Catholic nuns, Little Sisters of the Poor, in the case.
Reality of a divided Supreme Court: A split decision and a search for compromise
March 30, 2016, The Washington Post
The new order demanding additional briefing in the contraceptive cases, which were argued before the justices last week, was the most unexpected and unusual of the actions. Even more surprising, the court asked the parties to react to a compromise it created.
More Briefing Ordered in Contraceptive Mandate Case
March 30, 2016, Bloomberg BNA
Rienzi added he is looking “forward to offering alternatives that protect the Little Sisters’ religious liberty while allowing the government to meet its stated goals.”
Interview: Little Sisters’ legal counsel explains why the Supreme Court should let them serve
Three Sikh-American Soldiers File New Lawsuit Against U.S. Department of Defense
March 29, 2016, NBC News
“Three Sikhs filed suit against the Army to ensure that their requests for religious accommodation are resolved by their basic training ship dates in May,” Harsimran Kaur, The Sikh Coalition’s legal director, told NBC News. “The lead plaintiff has been waiting over seven months. The Army has been failing to make decisions on whether these patriotic Sikhs will be able serve their country while abiding by the tenets of their faith. In doing so, the Army is violating their constitutional and statutory rights.”
Supreme Court Offers Surprising, Hopeful Twist in Little Sisters’ Case
Supreme Court Struggles to Deal With 4-4 Split
Sikh soldiers file suit against Department of Defense to keep beards, turbans
March 29, 2016, The Week
“The ‘Army has been failing to make decisions on whether these patriotic Sikhs will be able to serve their country while abiding by the tenets of their faith.’”
Sotomayor Leads Charge at Oral Argument Over Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation
Florida court rules religious groups can help provide social services
March 8, 2016, The Atlas Network
The Becket Fund points out that Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries has helped more than 2,300 former prisoners get back on their feet, with only a fraction of those costs coming from government funding — as little as $14 per day.
Obama Admin Exempts 100 Million from HHS Contraception Mandate — but Not Little Sisters of the Poor
March 7, 2016, Breitbart
The same administration, however, insists that a group of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor provide its employees free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization procedures–all of which are against its faith–or be forced to pay $70 million in punitive fines.
Judge sides with Sikh soldier on grooming standards
March 4, 2016, The Hill
“Getting a court order against the Army is huge — it almost never happens,” Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund, said in a written statement Friday. “It goes to show just how egregious the Army’s discrimination against Sikhs is. Thankfully the court stepped in to protect Capt. Singh’s constitutional rights. Now it’s time to let all Sikhs serve.”
Sikh-American Military Officer Files Lawsuit to Serve with Turban, Beard
March 1, 2016, NBC News
“Captain Singh upholds the finest traditions of our military,” Eric Baxter, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told NBC News. “He’s a West Point graduate, Army Ranger, Bronze Star Recipient. He knows he is subject to the same standards as everyone else. Just this morning, he underwent a previously scheduled gas mask test with his unit and passed without a hitch. He shouldn’t be subjected to additional, discriminatory testing because of his faith. The Army is treating him as if he were a lab rat.”
Sikh Army Captain Sues For Right To Wear Turban, Sport Beard In Uniform
February 29, 2016, The Daily Caller
The lawsuit alleges that the Army forced Singh to undergo extraordinary testing measures far beyond other comparable cases. They say Singh had to go through evaluations for mask and helmet fit. A coalition including more than two dozen retired generals and over 100 members of Congress have publicly called for Sikhs to receive an exemption, but the Army has been slow to give these kinds of concessions.
Sikh soldier sues Pentagon over grooming standards
February 29, 2016 – The Hill
“Capt. Singh is a decorated war hero. The Army should be trying to get more soldiers like him, not banning them from serving or punishing them for their beliefs. It’s time for the Pentagon to stop playing games and start doing the right thing – for Capt. Singh, for Sikh Americans and for all Americans.”
Atheists drop suit to block Christian prison ministry funding
February 24, 2016, New Boston Post
The New York-based group, the Center for Inquiry, declined to appeal a Florida county court ruling on Jan. 20 that let the state fund work by Lamb of God Ministries and Prisoners of Christ. The Christian groups have provided housing, food and job assistance to former prisoners to help reduce recidivism in the Sunshine State for more than two decades.
Final score for Big Mountain Jesus: A 61-year-old war memorial to remain on Montana ski slope
February 23, 2016, The Washington Times
Championed by the Knights of Columbus, the 61-year-old statue honors soldiers – many from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division – who fought the Nazis in the Italian Alps. The Becket Fund defended the memorial in a five-year battle against The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based secular group that demanded the statue be removed, claiming that its mere presence violated the First Amendment.
Judges Say Catholic Network’s Employee Health Plan Must Cover Contraceptives
February 23, 2016, The Daily Signal
In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Thursday that the U.S. government has “a compelling interest” to ensure that EWTN employees are enrolled in a health plan that provides contraceptives. Requiring that, the court said, doesn’t “substantially burden” the Catholic organization’s free exercise of religion.
Federal Court Rules Against EWTN in HHS Mandate Challenge; Case on Hold Until SCOTUS Rules
Little Sisters of the Poor Say They Have a Solution to HHS’ Birth Control Mandate to Protect Religious Freedom
February 17, 2016, Christian Post
The Becket Fund noted in its statement shared with The Christian Post that a new website has been set up to explain The Little Sisters’ case against the Obamacare contraceptives mandate, ahead of a Supreme Court hearing is expected to take place in March.
Abortion pill opponents: Jews, Muslims, Christians…
February 8, 2016, WND
“What do 207 members of Congress, 50 Catholic theologians, 13 law professors, nine professional associations and two prominent women’s organizations have in common with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the American Islamic Congress, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists and the International Society of Krishna Consciousness?”
Judge tosses suit over saying ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 7, 2015
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented the Jones family and the Knights of Columbus in the case and was also involved in the Massachusetts case. The American Legion was also a party to the New Jersey lawsuit.
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund, called Bauman’s decision “a win for the Pledge of Allegiance and another loss for these plaintiffs.” He said the pledge suits “invite social division.”
American Muslim Women Explain Why They Do — Or Don’t — Cover
February 2, 2016, NPR
“I was tired of being a political spokesperson for my faith,” she says. “I felt that I should be able to put that away, and wearing a headscarf in public doesn’t give you that luxury. I was tired of trying to prove that Muslim women in headscarves are also empowered, [by saying] ‘Look at me. I’m working in a white-shoe law firm with a headscarf on.’ Uddin is a now a staff attorney for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Video Gaming the Supreme Court Justices
The National Law Journal, February 1, 2016
One week after actress Elizabeth Banks told one woman’s abortion story on YouTube, the video garnered nearly 300,000 views. When Little Sisters of the Poor went on YouTube under the title “Government forces Little Sisters of the Poor to violate faith or pay IRS fines,” the video captured almost 74,000 views. In the contest for the hearts and minds of Americans—and, indirectly, of U.S. Supreme Court justices—videos increasingly have become public tools in high-stakes cases.
Pro-Abortion Group: Little Sisters Deserve No Conscience Rights. They’re Not a “Religious Enterprise”
January 27, 2016, Life News
It should come as little surprise that the group also wants the government to deny religious rights to a group of nuns who oppose certain provisions of the Obamacare HHS Mandate.
Defiant Atheists’ Battle to Stop Drug Rehab Program That Uses ‘Biblical Principles’ Is Nowhere Near Over
January 26, 2016, The Blaze
The Center for Inquiry released a statement on Monday calling the ruling by the Second Judicial Circuit in Leon County, Florida, a “stark contrast to any reasonable understanding of the Florida Constitution,” and announcing the atheist organization’s intent to continue fighting the programs, which operate to assist ex-convicts.
Little Sisters of the Poor Say They’ll Have ‘Nun’ of Abortion, HHS Mandate
Discriminatory Blaine Amendment Used Against Education Savings Accounts in Nevada
January 28, 2016, Cardinal Newman Society
“Article 11, Section 2 suffers from the same anti-Catholic taint that plagues the Blaine Amendment,” argued the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in an amicus brief. The brief noted: “First, it was passed during a time of sweeping anti-Catholic sentiment and with an intent to remove Catholic influence on public schools, and second, it prohibits ‘sectarian’ influences on schools while leaving unharmed ‘generic’ religious practices in public schools.”
Atheists Sued to Stop Drug Rehab Program That Uses ‘Biblical Principles.’ Here’s How a Florida Court Just Reacted.
January 22, 2016, The Blaze
Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God ministries have helped to provide food, housing, employment services and other basic needs to inmates after their release from prison, with the Becket Fund arguing that the Christian groups help save taxpayer dollars by only asking the state to cover a fraction of these costs. The organizations also offer optional religious services and 12-step programs that are free for Florida to use.
Florida Judge Rejects Atheist Lawsuit Meant to Strip Former Inmate Ministries of Gov’t Funds
Prison ministries win religious freedom case
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Missouri Blaine Amendment Case
January 21, 2016,The Cardinal Newman Society
While the case focuses on a Lutheran preschool, Eric Rassbach, an attorney with The Becket Fund, which filed an amicus brief in the case, told The Cardinal Newman Society that the Supreme Court’s decision “absolutely could have an impact for Catholic schools.”
The Sisterly Face of Religious Freedom
A War of Choice
January 15, 2016, The Weekly Standard
The Little Sisters of the Poor are headed to the Supreme Court this year, seeking escape from the contraception mandates of Obamacare — under which they fall, the government claims, as insurance providers for the employees in their nursing homes. The Justice Department is fighting the Little Sisters tooth and nail, determined not to allow them to evade the law’s requirements, because . . . because . . .
U.S. religious freedom to be honored
January 14, 2016, The Washington Times
These federal and state laws — which protect people against substantial burdens on their religious freedom — play “an essential role in protecting the religious minorities of our time,” said Hannah Smith, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The organization has created an online educational source for information on the laws called RFRA Central.
Religious freedom resource planned by Becket Fund
Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to Supreme Court for Protection Against Feds
January 11, 2016, Aleteia
The Becket Fund explains that the “accommodation” the government has offered religious objectors actually entangles the entities in the objectionable practices. Signing off on the paperwork the government requires for an objector to get an “exemption” gives the government the power to use its own insurance plan to provide the contraceptives and other services.
Veterans Administration Hospital Bans Holiday Cheer, ‘Merry Christmas’
December 17, 2015, Breitbart
The Becket Fund released a press release on Thursday awarding the hospital the Ebenezer Award, “awarded for the most ridiculous affront to the Christmas and Hanukkah,” because of the ban on holiday cheer.
” Do you hear what I hear? Atheists try to silence faith-based halfway house”
December 16, 2015, New Boston Post
POC changes lives. Like that of the man who spent nearly three decades years behind bars for murder and, upon release, couldn’t drive a car (no license) and was afraid to cross the street (vehicular traffic being fairly rare within prison walls). After POC’s help, he landed a job that took him from flipping burgers at one McDonald’s to a senior position managing maintenance at seven McD’s. Today, he can’t thank POC enough.
Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception
December 14, 2015, The New York Times
It is the first time in decades that the military has granted a religious accommodation for a beard to an active-duty combat soldier — a move that observers say could open the door for Muslims and other troops seeking to display their faith. But it is only temporary, lasting for a month while the Army decides whether to give permanent status to Captain Singh’s exception.
U.S. Army Makes Big Decision About Ban on Sikh Soldier’s Beard and Turban
December 14, 2015, The Blaze
The exemption that was granted to Singh is only the fourth of its kind since a ban was put into place in the 1980s, with the Army still widely refusing to accept individuals who keep beards, even for religious reasons, according to the law firm.
Group challenges ruling on N.M. funding private textbooks
December 7th, 2015, The Durango Herald
Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, told The Farmington Daily Times that the court was wrong to put additional conditions on the federal Mineral Lands Leasing Act funding.
“I think the Supreme Court erred in concluding that these were funds from state land and that it should recognize they are federal dollars that are being used in accordance with federal mandate,” Baxter said. “Any efforts to cut off certain categories of people from using those funds would be a violation of the federal constitution.”
Little Sisters Of The Poor Learned About Obamacare’s Grandfathered Plans The Hard Way
December 3, 2015, Forbes
The government has pursued the Little Sisters of the Poor all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and threatened them with millions of dollars in fines. The same government has let ExxonMobil, pick and choose which parts of the ACA they will comply with, to keep a five-year-old political promise that has already been proven to be a lie.
Obama administration, religious freedom group, national union file briefs supporting Heffernan’s case
December 1, 2015, The Paterson Times
“The Becket Fund is concerned that – if the Third Circuit’s decision is allowed to stand – the ability of religious people to engage in religious activity in concert with one another will be wrongly limited. It therefore advocates that the Court re-root the jurisprudence of collective rights in the text and history of the First Amendment,” reads the law firm’s amicus curiae, friend of the court, brief in support of Heffernan.
Christian Student Organization to be Recognized at California State University After Year-Long Dispute
November 28, 2015, Christianity Daily
Chi Alpha, a Christian organization, was reinstated at Cal State Stanilaus, Cal State Sacramento, San Diego state, and Cal State Fresno, after months of negotiations regarding standards for club leadership.
Christian Club Reinstated at California State University After Leadership Religious Test Dispute
Chi Alpha fought back, eventually enlisting the legal aid of the Washington, DC-based group the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
In an official statement released Monday, Chi Alpha considered the reinstatement to be bittersweet given the nature of the compromise.
“Unfortunately, CSU continues to ban religious leadership requirements and to treat religious student groups with less respect than fraternities and sororities,” read the statement in part.
“But because CSU has agreed that Chi Alpha’s students may exercise their own judgment to choose leaders that share their beliefs, we are now able to have access to campus with integrity.”
The Becket Fund directed CP to a press release by the law group wherein legal counsel Adèle Auxier Keim called the CSU decision “a halfway solution.”
“Cal State has adopted a halfway solution that still gives fraternities more rights than campus religious groups. But they’ve acknowledged that students can vote for a candidate who shares their beliefs, and that’s a step in the right direction,” stated Keim.
Cal State Welcomes Back Chi Alpha Student Ministry
November 24th, 2015, CBN News
This month, Chi Alpha, the student ministry of the Assemblies of God, returned to re-start chapters at Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Sacramento, San Diego State, and Cal State Fresno.
Little Sisters Of The Poor VS. Government Almighty
November 17, 2015, American Spectator
Another fight in the long struggle between freedom of conscience and the primacy of the state.
The Obama administration’s position is that it has graciously condescended to grant an “accommodation” for organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor and that they won’t be required to provide contraception coverage if they will unbend enough to apply for this special dispensation. The Becket Fund disposes of this argument as follows: “The so-called ‘accommodation’ still forces the Little Sisters to find an insurer who will cover sterilization, contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, and will provide related counseling and education to promote those things.” In other words, the accommodation is just a fig leaf.
November 19, 2015, The Hill
Valladares was arrested for refusing to say four words. But he stayed in prison because he refused to sign a piece of paper that would hand moral authority to Castro’s Revolution. He stayed to defend what he later described as his own conscience, his belief in God, his own humanity and that of his fellow political prisoners.
Each year, we at Becket award the Canterbury Medal to an individual who has shown courage and strength in the defense of religious freedom. We have chosen Armando Valladares to receive this award in May 2016. After all, it is only fitting that the same year the Supreme Court will consider whether the federal government can force nuns to, among other things, sign away their faith, we honor a man who refused to sign away his because he knew that letters on a piece of paper can and do have power and meaning.
Obama’s War on the Little Sisters of the Poor
The High Court Gets Religion
The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2015
Supreme Court to hear new challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate
Obamacare and Birth Control to Go Back Before High Court
Supreme Court agrees to rule on birth control insurance mandate
Supreme Court to Hear New Case on Contraception and Religion
4th Supreme Court Go-Round for 5-Year-Old Obama Health Law
Nov 6, 2015, Associated Press
The faith-based groups “can’t help the government with its contraceptive delivery system,” said Mark Rienzi, a lawyer who represents the groups. Among the challengers are Bishop David Zubik, head of the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh, the Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns who run more than two dozen nursing homes for impoverished seniors, and evangelical and Catholic colleges in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C.
Montse Alvarado: Esta joven activista apuesta por defender la libertad religiosa
Will Supreme Court Hear Little Sisters’ Case
At the Supreme Court, ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ has a ring to it
Kristina Arriaga was featured in a profile in Marquette Magazine in Fall 2015
Church Wins Major Land Battle Against Florida City — and the Case Is Being Called ‘Important’
New SCOTUS Term: Win for Nuns on HHS Mandate?
October 5, 2015, CBN News
Continue reading “New SCOTUS Term: Win for Nuns on HHS Mandate?”
Pope Francis Shows Support for Nuns Involved in Lawsuit Over Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Pope meets with nuns fighting Obamacare
September 24, 2015, CNN Continue reading “Pope meets with nuns fighting Obamacare”
Pope’s Visit Boosts Little Sisters’ Supreme Court Challenge
Religious-Freedom Message: Pope Makes Surprise Stop at Little Sisters of the Poor
Pope Francis meets with Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns involved in an Obamacare lawsuit
Cuban dissidents long to hear Pope Francis preach religious liberty: Column
Defending the right to live according to one’s conscience
Ruling sets up new review of religious objections to contraceptive mandate
Pope Francis must defend religious liberty in America
The transgender rights debate is about more than just restrooms
September 8, 2016, Deseret News
Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel at The Becket Fund, told the Deseret News that the mandate is “broad” and that it requires doctors to potentially work against the best interests of their patients.
“One of the most troubling aspects of it is that it requires doctors to perform gender reassignment procedures on, including on young children, even when those procedures may be physically and emotionally harmful to the child and violate the doctor’s faith and medical judgment,” Goodrich said.
Five federal judges rebuke court: don’t tell the Little Sisters how to be Catholic
Amen, I rest my case
‘Big Mountain Jesus’ gets the OK from 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Big Mountain Jesus’ Supporters Smack Down Atheist Group [VIDEO]
Federal government’s allowing Big Mountain Jesus statue on federal land in Montana doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause
Appeals court upholds Jesus statue on Montana mountain
Judge rules on kosher meals in state prisons
Dozens of groups ask Supreme Court to hear birth control case
U.S. appeals court stays decision in Little Sisters contraception case
U.S. appeals court stays ruling on nuns challenge to contraception mandate
Judge Orders Federal Oversight Of Kosher Meals In Florida Prisons
Should Catholic nuns be forced to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans?
Christian institutions garnering support in ObamaCare challenge
Little Sisters of the Poor Against Big Brother: Nuns’ Obamacare Challenge Hits High Court
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.
Colorado Nuns Appeal Birth Control Ruling to Supreme Court
Federal Court Rules Even Nuns Have To Comply With Obama Admin’s Birth Control Mandate
Federal Court Rules Even Nuns Have To Comply With Obama Admin’s Birth Control Mandate
How does Uncle Sam get to tell nuns what they believe?
Denver court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor in contraception coverage case
Court: New Health Law Doesn’t Infringe on Religious Freedom
Obama Administration Requires Contraceptive Services to be Covered
Nobody’s happy about the new contraception rules
Courts Support Obama’s Contraceptive Policy, but Challenges Remain
Birth Control Coverage Rules Announced by Obama Administration
9th Circuit hears arguments for, against ‘Big Mountain Jesus’
It’s Round Two for ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate
‘Big Mountain Jesus’ War Memorial Under Assault from Atheist Group
Baptist universities weigh next step on HHS mandate
Repeal of Oklahoma constitutional provision is long overdue
Douglas County school voucher supporters eye bigger legal fight
Court Lets Some Charities Avoid Rules on Birth Control Coverage
Legal Challenges Remain for Health Law
Religious freedom advocates win another unanimous Supreme Court decision
Supreme Court sides with Gilbert pastor, strikes down town sign law
Court upholds Sikh’s right to facial hair, turban in ROTC
Judges issues injunction to let inmate keep beard
Defending religious freedom: Seamus Hasson
A Stand for Religious Rights
A Stand for Religious Rights
Federal Judge Refuses to Drop Religious Freedom Case Involving Tribe’s Use of Eagle Feathers
A Stand for Religious Rights
High court: Religious practice protected at work
Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American’s religious freedom fight
Why eagle feathers could land this Native American pastor in prison
Texas Tribe Wants Religious Equality
Who decides if a law restricts a religious practice? Notre Dame case may provide the answer
DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines
Appeals Court Denies Notre Dame’s Challenge to Health Law’s Contraception Mandate
Hobby Lobby’s Barbara Green receives religious liberty award
Hobby Lobby’s Green Family Stands Strong, Back to Normal After Supreme Court Victory
Alito steps into ACA contraception case
Gay rights and religious liberty: Can Americans have both?
Becket wins, again, to keep Pledge in classrooms
Teen’s Defense of ‘Under God’ in Pledge Just Won Big
New Jersey Schools Keep ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
Teenage Girl Takes Down Atheist Group In New Jersey On Fight Over Pledge Of Allegiance
Lawyers for health agency, religious nonprofits present case to federal appeals court
April 7, 2015, Houston Chronicle
The federal government Tuesday took its case against Houston Baptist University and a group of other Texas religious nonprofits to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the groups not only want to deprive their workers of mandated birth control options but prevent anyone else from providing them.
Eric Rassbach, a Becket Fund for Religious Liberty lawyer representing the Houston university and Marshall’s East Texas Baptist University, later said his clients believe that, like churches, they should simply be allowed not to provide forms of contraception they find objectionable.
Protecting America’s first freedom
April 5, 2015, Washington Examiner
RFRA has lived up to this promise. As our friends at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty like to say, RFRA protects everyone from “A to Z—Anglican to Zoroastrian.” For every Presbyterian soup kitchen RFRA has protected, there is an equally-protected mosque in rural Tennessee. For every Midwest homeless shelter, there is a Florida synagogue. For every Sikh schoolchild, there is a Muslim, Jewish or Native American inmate who has been able to live out his faith in peace.
Religious freedom laws: How some controversial cases panned out
Meet 10 Americans Helped By Religious Freedom Bills Like Indiana’s
Indiana religious freedom act criticized by officials in states with similar laws
Cal State de-recognizes Christian group for wanting Christian leaders
March 27, 2015, Campus Reform Continue reading “Cal State de-recognizes Christian group for wanting Christian leaders”
Christian Student Group Claims Religious Discrimination from CSU Stanislaus
Feds Invade Native American Gathering, Grab Property, Threaten Jail
Religion and Marriage: The Elephant in the Courtroom
Cal State Student Group Wants Ban Overturned
Golden Eagle Feathers Returned to Tribe
KRGV ABC-5/Rio Grande Valley, TX , March 10, 2015 Continue reading “Golden Eagle Feathers Returned to Tribe”
U.S. Returns Eagle Feathers to Lipan Apache Religious Leader After Court Fight
Federal Government returns confiscated eagle feathers to tribal leader, but still enforces arbitrary law
New life for Notre Dame in ObamaCare case
Supreme Court decision brings hope to Little Sisters of the Poor in birth control case
Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2015
“Notre Dame is the centerpiece of the government’s argument,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters. “The bottom line is the key thing the government has been arguing from has now been erased by the Supreme Court.”
Justices Revive Birth-Control Insurance Challenge
National Law Journal, March 9, 2015
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents a number of nonprofit religious organizations challenging the contraceptive requirement, hailed the high court’s action as a “major blow” to the government’s defense of the coverage requirement.
“For the past year, the Notre Dame decision has been the centerpiece of the government’s effort to force religious ministries to violate their beliefs or pay fines to the IRS,” said Becket senior counsel Mark Rienzi, who filed an amicus brief in the Notre Dame case. “As with the Supreme Court’s decisions in Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby, this is a strong signal that the Supreme Court will ultimately reject the government’s narrow view of religious liberty.”
Supreme Court revives Notre Dame’s Obamacare contraception objections
Reuters, March 9, 2015
Mark Rienzi, a lawyer with the religious rights group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who has been involved in similar cases, said Monday’s action was “a strong signal that the Supreme Court will ultimately reject the government’s narrow view of religious liberty.”
Supreme Court Returns Notre Dame Birth-Control Case to Lower Court
What the White House Can Do Now on the Contraception Mandate
Appeals court to weigh religious exemptions in Baptist-based contraception case
Mohel de Blasio
New York Post, February 27, 2015
“This is an example of better late than never,” says Eric Rassbach of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “The city should never have adopted this rule in the first place, and it shouldn’t have taken a loss in the federal courts to bring them to the bargaining table. But this solution respects both religious liberty and public health.”
In Religion Bias Case, Justices Question Pro-Employer Rule
National Law Journal, February 25, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared reluctant to give employers greater protection from lawsuits by employees and job applicants who claim discrimination based on their religious beliefs.
Christian, Gay Rights, and Jewish Groups Help Muslim in Head Scarf Case Against Abercrombie & Fitch; Win Likely After Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Christian Post, February 25, 2015
In a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post, Eric Baxter of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who was at the oral arguments, said he was optimistic that the court would rule against Abercrombie & Fitch.
Baxter said that one of the most telling exchanges was between Justice Samuel Alito and the Abercrombie & Fitch lawyer. Would a Sikh man wearing a turban, a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke or a Catholic nun wearing a habit have to expressly state that they were wearing those garments for religious reasons? Alito asked, according to Baxter. The lawyer admitted they would not.
This Supreme Court Case Unites Religions Against Abercrombie & Fitch
Bloomberg, February 24, 2015
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public-interest law firm that often supports Christian causes, but also stresses its representation of other faiths, warns that the Tenth Circuit’s decision would impose “a presumption that employees are nonreligious unless they explicitly announce otherwise, essentially creating a standard of ‘protection upon request only’ that erodes the important role that religion plays in society.”
Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case
CNN, February 24, 2015
But the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit group with an interest in religious freedom, has filed a friend of the court brief supporting Elauf.
“Abercrombie’s claim is both absurd and a dangerous precedent for all people of faith seeking an exception,” Eric Baxter, a lawyer for the group,
“We want the court to recognize that the notice requirement has to be flexible,” said Baxter. “There can’t be some strict requirement that an employee has to say certain words before the employee’s religion is protected.”
World Religions Unite to Defeat Teen Mall Brand
New York Magazine, February 24, 2015
So far, 16 different religious advocacy groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the EEOC’s case. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which advocates for Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Zoroastrians, and Sikhs, to name a few, expressed its concernthat the appeals court’s ruling imposes “a presumption that employees are nonreligious unless they explicitly announce otherwise, essentially creating a standard of ‘protection upon request only.’”
The Supreme Court Will Decide If Abercrombie & Fitch Discriminated Against This Hijab-Wearing Fashion Blogger
MTV, February 24, 2015
On the flip side, a lot of religious groups have come to Samantha’s defense, including the non-profit public-interest legal institute Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Eric Baxter, who is Senior Council at the firm told U.S. News & World Report that Abercrombie isn’t being totally honest, “They’re trying to play dumb and the court shouldn’t allow that.”
Supreme Court to Weigh Employer’s Responsibility in Avoiding Discrimination
US News, February 23, 2015
“There should be a natural acknowledgement of the role religion plays in people’s lives,” says Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the public interest law film the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, arguing that Abercrombie should have been able to reasonably assume that Elauf’s headscarf could be worn for religious reasons.
“They’re trying to play dumb and the court shouldn’t allow that,” he says.
U.S. Supreme Court is set for arguments in Tulsa retailer, hijab dispute
The Oklahoman, February 23, 2015
The Becket Fund — the influential law firm that represented Hobby Lobby and several nonprofit organizations in successful challenges against the federal contraceptive mandate — contends that Abercrombie “blatantly” denied Elauf a job based on her religion.
New Jersey student wins court case to keep ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
FOX News, February 6, 2015
Jones and her family were represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Historic defenders of the Pledge like the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, and the American Legion also intervened in the case.
“The message today is loud and clear: “God” is not a dirty word,” Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, also said in a statement Friday. “The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a prayer, and reciting it doesn’t magically create an official state religion.”
High Schooler Wins Case to Keep ‘Under God’ in Pledge
Obama Admin. Targets Nuns over HHS Mandate
CBN News February 4, 2015
The nuns run the Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN. Their case goes before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.
They object to the Health and Human Services contraception mandate in Obamacare, which would force them to provide health insurance for drugs that may cause abortions.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the nuns in the case.
Read the full article here.
EWTN Takes Its Appeal in HHS Mandate Lawsuit to 11th Circuit
National Catholic Register February 4, 2015
“What the government is saying is that EWTN isn’t religious enough; it’s not entitled to the same religious freedom as the Catholic Church, which it serves,” Lori Windham, the lead attorney for EWTN and a senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit.
Read the full article here.
Media Mogul Nun’s Empire Fights Back Against Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Prisoner beards and religious freedoms — what a recent Supreme Court decision means for you
Deseret News, February 2, 2015
So if you don’t live in Arkansas, you don’t wear a beard, and you’re not a prisoner, why does the Holt decision matter to you? If you care about religious freedom, Holt will help those defending it in the courts in at least three ways.
Read Becket Attorney, Hanna Smith’s full article here.
Big Government Restrictions On Religious Freedom Keep Losing In Supreme Court
The American Spectator, January 29, 2015
Conflict between government regulation and religious activity arises when government regulation expands. Eric Rassbach, from the Becket Fund explains: New conflicts most frequently arise when the sphere of government activity expands: government seeks to exercise more comprehensive control over a field of human endeavor where religious people have already long been active. For example, the recent rash of litigation over the contraception mandate arose because the federal government sought to expand its control over the healthcare plans of religious organizations in a way it had never done before.
Supreme Court Quashes Prison Beard Ban
CNS News January 22, 2015
It is not often that the Supreme Court makes headlines for a unanimous ruling. We usually hear about it when they rule 5-4 on some controversial dispute. But last Tuesday, all 9 justices joined together and ruled in unison on a major issue. What was that issue? It was religious freedom for prison inmates.
Read the full article here.
Holt v. Hobbs: Unanimous victory for Muslim prisoner in religious rights case
Washington Post, January 20, 2015
It should also help the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which won both this case and Hobby Lobby, raise funds for such litigation.
From Eric Rassbach (Becket Fund) on what Holt v. Hobbs means for religious liberty
Washington Post, January 20, 2015
Eric Rassbach from the Becket Fund — the public interest law firm that on Tuesday won the Holt v. Hobbs prisoner rights case — was kind enough to pass along his thoughts on what the case means for religious liberty more generally:
U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban
Reuters, January 20, 2015
Eric Rassbach, a lawyer for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a religious rights legal group that helped represent Holt, called the ruling “a huge win for religious freedom.”
“What the Supreme Court said today was that government officials cannot impose arbitrary restrictions on religious liberty just because they think government knows best,” Rassbach added.
Supreme Court says Muslim prisoner can keep beard
CNN, January 20, 2015
“This is a huge win for religious freedom and for all Americans,” said Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom who was co-counsel in the case. “What the Supreme Court said today was that government officials cannot impose arbitrary restrictions on religious liberty just because they think government knows best.”
Supreme Court justices or mind readers? You be the judge
“American Indians challenging eagle feather rules get a boost from ‘Hobby Lobby’”
ABA Journal January 1, 2015
Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, believes there’s a “very serious constitutional issue” in this disparity. The fund plans to help defend McAllen.
“There’s a lot of dispute about what the establishment clause means these days, but one thing it clearly means is that the government doesn’t get to give licenses to the Episcopal Church to preach but not to the Baptist Church,” Goodrich says. “That’s basically what’s happening here.”
Though the fund also handled Hobby Lobby, Goodrich doesn’t believe that case was the key inMcAllen. He notes that the 5th Circuit made favorable RFRA rulings before Hobby Lobby on issues such as animal sacrifices in Santeria and Sikhs carrying knives to work.
Similarly, Goodrich believes the existence of secular exceptions to the acts covering eagles and birds—for scientists, power plants and farmers—could be fatal to the government in McAllen. Indeed, the Interior Department recently allowed wind farms to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles accidentally.
Read the full article here.
8 Quotes on Religious Freedom you may have Missed
Injunction granted in Okla. birth control lawsuit
Associated Press, December 20, 2013
“This is an overwhelming victory for GuideStone and the nearly 200 plaintiffs in this class-action lawsuit,” attorney Adele Keim said in a statement. “Today’s ruling will allow hundreds of Baptist ministries to continue preaching the gospel and serving the poor this Christmas, without laboring under the threat of massive fines.”
Wis. Church Files Motion Against Atheist Group Suing IRS Over Church Politicking
Christian Post, December 16, 2013
“Given recent IRS abuses, only a group like FFRF could want to force the IRS into the sermon censorship business,” said Blomberg in a statement Friday.
Orthodox Jews back scarf-wearing Muslim in Abercrombie & Fitch case
Los Angeles Times December 13, 2014
The Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty also has filed a brief asking the high court to vacate the decision by the appeals court. “Abercrombie should know that it can’t discriminate against people simply because they haven’t worn a sign that says, “Hey, I am religious,’” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the fund.
Read the full article here.
Pennsylvania teachers can’t wear ‘religious garb’ to class but a repeal effort may be possible
Deseret News National December 12, 2014
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of The Becket Fund, a religious liberty law firm in Washington, told the Deseret News, “The anti-religious garb statute in Pennsylvania is an unconstitutional vestige of 19th century anti-Catholic bigotry. It was designed to keep Catholics out of public schools but now this bad law can be used to target other religious minorities such as Jews and Sikhs. Oregon did the right thing by repealing its anti-garb statute a few years ago; Pennsylvania should follow suit.”
Read the full article here.
No Cake For You: Saying ‘I Don’t’ To Same-Sex Marriage
NPR, December 12, 2013
“There’s a conflict between the way public accommodations laws have been designed in the past, and religious liberty, and free expression,” Rassbach argues. “Many activities surrounding weddings are expressive, because weddings themselves are symbolic expressions, ceremonies that have meaning.”
Another appeals court hears objections to government’s option on faith-based, non-profits providing birth control coverage to employees
Polish Court Overturns Ban on Ritual Slaughter
Hamodia News December 10, 2014
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Washington-based Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, felt that the court’s ruling set an important precedent for how secular democracies weigh the importance of protecting religious practice.
“The court recognized that there are values that are more important than others,” he told Hamodia. “There are, of course, limits on religious practice as well, but this places its protection very high on the list. Hopefully, it will be an example to other countries like Denmark that are legislating against shechitah, but I must say that I am skeptical of that.”
Read the full article here.
Faith firm racks up court wins
The Hill December 9, 2014
The firm launched in 1994, distinguishing itself from other legal shops concerned with religion by representing plaintiffs of all faiths.
The fund frequently touts its all-faith approach as a way to push back against critics who charge that the bulk of its time is spent defending conservative Christianity.
In addition to litigating familiar culture war fights — like the presence of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance — the fund has defended the religious practices of Muslims, Sikhs and Native Americans.
Read the full article here.
Little Sisters’ HHS Mandate Case at 10th Circuit
National Catholic Register December 8,2014
who represented the Little Sisters during the oral arguments before the 10th Circuit, noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had already provided the Little Sisters with a Dec. 31, 2013 emergency injunction, when they faced a looming deadline for compliance with the mandate. “A year after losing at the Supreme Court, the government’s aggressive pursuit of the Little Sisters of the Poor continues. Untold millions of people have managed to get contraceptives without the involvement of nuns,” said Rienzi in a statement.
Read the full article here.
Free businesses to act with conscience
Boston Globe, December 8, 2013
The Greens, who are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (where I serve on the board of directors), have no conscientious objection to paying for most forms of contraceptives, but they do object on religious grounds to paying for drugs and devices that the government says may prevent implantation of a fertilized human egg. In the Greens’ view, this is an abortion, and it would be wrong for them to help it happen.
Colorado Nuns Fight Admin’s Birth Control Mandate In Hours-Long Hearing
The righteousness in Hobby Lobby’s cause
Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2013
The government and others argue that the Greens’ religious beliefs are irrelevant because they’ve freely chosen to enter the rough-and-tumble world of commerce and that, in any event, the exercise of religion is for individuals, not corporations. But Hobby Lobby’s lawyers at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will be on solid ground when they explain to the court that both of these arguments are misguided.
What’s at Stake in the Little Sisters of the Poor Case Against Obamacare
Breitbart, December 4, 2014
For 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have been inspired by their faith to take care of the elderly poor. But now the federal government wants them to choose between their faith and their ministry and is pushing hard in federal court to force them to decide. The stakes couldn’t be much higher for people who care about and enjoy religious liberty.
Read Becket Attorney, Daniel Blomberg’s full article here.
Obama’s Contraceptive Mandate Heads to Supreme Court
New York Post, November 29, 2013
In a brief filed this year, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty summed up Hobby Lobby’s predicament this way: “When the government threatens to ruin a family’s business unless they renounce their faith, the pressure placed on them is unmistakable. In other words, ‘Your business or your religion’ is just as effective a threat as ‘Your money or your life.’ ”
Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case
CNN, November 26, 2013
Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby, called the Supreme Court decision to hear the case a “major step” for the Greens and their business, and “an important fight for Americans’ religious liberty.”
Justices Take Companies’ Cases Challenging Contraception Rule
New York Times, November 26, 2013
Kyle Duncan, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby, said he was pleased that the justices had agreed to resolve the split among the federal appeals courts. “We hope the Supreme Court will vindicate the rights of family business owners,” he said.
New Jersey high schooler fighting atheists over ‘under God’
Taking on Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate
National Journal, November 24, 2013
At the Becket Fund, Kristina Arriaga’s role is to “crystallize” legal concepts for the general public, she said.
Court: Contraceptive Mandate Splits Religion into Worship or Good Works
Christianity Today, November 22, 2013
Most of the action has been on the for-profit side (43 cases and counting), where—out of the 38 lawsuits decided on the merits of their complaints—32 have secured temporary bans against the mandate’s enforcement and 6 have been denied, according to a helpful scorecard kept by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
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.
Will the Supreme Court Take On Contraception Coverage Challenge?
Roll Call, November 18, 2013
Adele Keim, legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Hobby Lobby’s owners do not want to offer four drugs and devices in company health care plans: the emergency contraceptives Plan B and Ella and two types of intrauterine devices. The Becket Fund is representing the family businesses in the case.
‘Parsonage exemption’ safe, federal court rules, dismissing atheists’ complaint
Deseret News, November 17, 2014
In a statement, Becket Fund attorney Luke Goodrich also criticized the FFRF case. “When a group of atheists tries to cajole the IRS into raising taxes on churches, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. The court was right to send them packing,” he said.
Eric Baxter on America’s Forum
Newsmax: America’s Forum November 13, 2014
Watch Becket Fund attorney Eric Baxter discuss Montgomery County Maryland Board’s decision to remove holiday labels from it’s calendar on America’s Forum here.
Court rejects atheists’ demand to end tax break for clergy housing
Religion News Service November 13, 2014
“This is a great victory for fair treatment of churches,” said Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed an amicus brief on behalf of pastors from several major denominations.
Read the full article here.