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Image: 750 to 1: Time for a Do-Over in <em>Notre Dame</em>

750 to 1: Time for a Do-Over in Notre Dame

November 7, 2014

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

“Rubbish.”

That’s what Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit called the Seventh Circuit’s narrow, 2-1 decision in University of Notre Dame v. Sebelius, an HHS Mandate case.

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Image: Native American Heritage Month: Much to Celebrate, Much to Defend

Native American Heritage Month: Much to Celebrate, Much to Defend

November 1, 2014

By Stephanie Keenan

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. So this month, we celebrate not only Guy Fawkes Night, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving – but also the Native American culture.

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Image: What’s in Wisconsin’s water?

What’s in Wisconsin’s water?

October 1, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

The Debbie Downers of Madison are at it again – the Freedom From Religion Foundation (“FFRF,” pronounced “furf”) has sent a nasty letter to a high school band in Ohio. What sin is FFRF complaining about this time?  Members of the Licking Valley High School Marching Band are wearing t-shirts that have the word “Salvation” printed on them.

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Image: Becket Fund Applauds Lift on Headscarf Ban

Becket Fund Applauds Lift on Headscarf Ban

September 29, 2014

By Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Last week, Turkey lifted its ban on the Muslim headscarf for girls in middle and high school. While girls in primary school are still not permitted to wear headscarves, they have the choice to do so starting in fifth grade (this is also usually the time when many girls reach puberty and the religious dress code requirements become applicable).

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Image: Becket Fund Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on Nomination

Becket Fund Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on Nomination

July 28, 2014

Today President Obama announced his intent to nominate Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein to the position of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a position within the U.S. State Department.The Becket Fund congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on his pending nomination. In his role as Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Saperstein has frequently supported religious liberty in general and clients of the Becket Fund in particular, both through amicus briefs and public statements. For example, Rabbi Saperstein and the Religious Action Center supported the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, a Becket Fund client in Tennessee, in its struggle to build a new mosque in the face of opposition from neighbors. At the time Rabbi Saperstein explained, “An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions.”

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Image: Hobby Lobby (In)Sanity and the Right to be Wrong

Hobby Lobby (In)Sanity and the Right to be Wrong

July 17, 2014

By Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Tired of all the overblown claims about what the Supreme Court actually did in Hobby Lobby? So is the Washington Post. And Politifact. Megan McArdle’s Q & A at Bloomberg is a terrific antidote as well. And of course, you can find Becket’s perspective here.

But the brouhaha about Hobby Lobby raises a bigger question: how do we get along in a nation where we strongly disagree about things like birth control, sex, and religion?

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Image: What Hobby Lobby Means for Religious Liberty

What Hobby Lobby Means for Religious Liberty

July 14, 2014

By Zachary Enos, Assistant Director of Communications

Looking for the inside scoop on Hobby Lobby’s historic advance of religious liberty? You just found it! Only hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy blog (hosted by the Washington Post) published exclusive legal analysis from Professor Mark Rienzi—one of Hobby Lobby’s lead attorneys and Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund.

After highlighting landmark aspects of the opinion, Rienzi demonstrates that High Court’s reasoning sounds the death knell for the Administration’s assault on religious ministries. Here’s a brief sketch of Mark’s points:

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