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Top 7 Scroogiest Scrooges of the Holiday Season

December 16, 2015

Who deserves a lump of coal this holiday season? Each year Becket names the most absurd affronts to Christmas and Hanukkah, listing the most outrageous offenders of holiday cheer until we reach the top bah-humbugging, grinchiest transgressor. Not only do they deserve a lump of coal, they are crowned with the great (dis)honorable Ebenezer Award. Read More

Religious Communities in College: A Home Away from Home

September 25, 2015

by Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty This week was special for three different religious communities – Catholics welcoming Pope Francis to U.S. soil, Jews celebrating Yom Kippur, and Muslims observing Eid Al-Adha. For many, these events could only be fully experienced in community with others. Although far from home, Read More

The Eighth Circuit Gets It Right

September 18, 2015

by Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit split with seven other U.S. Courts of Appeal, issuing two opinions ruling that the HHS Mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the Eighth Circuit was in good company (12 other appellate Read More

To tax and destroy.

by Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty To tax and destroy. The Washington Post is running a fascinating series of essays on whether to roll back two centuries of history and impose state and federal taxes on religious organizations. This is not a new debate; in 1970 the ACLU and others challenged Read More

Remembering Whitney Ball, Defender of Liberty

August 18, 2015

Like all those who knew Whitney Ball, I was so sad to hear of her passing on August 17th; it was too soon and she was too young.  Despite contracting cancer at a young age, Whitney lived her life looking forward. In every encounter I had with Whitney I was astonished by her strength, lack of fear, Read More

Honoring Becket Friend and Religious Liberty Ally: Elder L. Tom Perry

June 1, 2015

“A good character is something you must make for yourself. It is the reward that comes from living good principles and manifesting a virtuous and honorable life.” Today we remember a dear friend of the Becket Fund and a staunch defender of religious liberty, L. Tom Perry, a member of the quorum of the Twelve Read More

Remembering Dr. John Templeton

May 20, 2015

by Maria Montserrat Alvarado, Director of Operations of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty  “There are few more uplifting moments in life than realizing, that in some small way, you have truly made a difference.” – Dr. John M. Templeton Today we remember Dr. John M. Templeton Jr., former pediatric surgeon and president and chairman of the Read More

Why you shouldn’t be asking “Can I shop at Hobby Lobby?”

March 31, 2015

by Mark Rienzi Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty  A new complicity argument from opponents of religious liberty? Well, here’s something I didn’t expect to read about in the New York Times. You may recall that the Times strongly opposed the efforts by the Green family (who own Hobby Lobby) to avoid paying Read More

UCLA debate over bias of believers

March 17, 2015

by Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” That sentence, uttered last month by a UCLA undergraduate evaluating a Jewish student-government candidate, has ignited a firestorm. Read More

Prisoner beards and religious freedoms — what a recent Supreme Court decision means for you

February 3, 2015

By Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a unanimous victory for religious freedom in Holt v. Hobbs. It held that a federal civil rights statute requires prison officials to accommodate peaceful expressions of religious devotion, an issue arising from a dispute between Read More

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