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European Court of Human Rights rejects Hungary’s attempt to create ”second-class churches”

April 8, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty In an important freedom of religion decision, earlier today the European Court of Human Rights rejected parts of Hungary’s 2011 Church Act that stripped most Hungarian religious groups–including prominent religious groups such as Mennonites, Evangelicals, Reform Jews, and Buddhists–of “church” status that they had held for Read More

Hobby Lobby has a conscience, too

March 14, 2014

By Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty This is almost getting old: at the same time that the federal government is arguing that family-owned business can’t have a conscience, it is lauding big businesses for exercising their conscience in a way that the government likes. Not long ago, it was Read More

Democratic Congressman and Supporter of ACA Speaks Out Against HHS Mandate

March 12, 2014

On Tuesday, USA Today published an opinion editorial by former Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, who proudly supports the Affordable Care Act, but exhorts his colleagues to protect the conscience of Americans like the Green family of Hobby Lobby from the controversial Health and Human Services Mandate. Americans should never “be required to pay for abortions Read More

Dalai Lama leads prayer in Senate – What about Town of Greece?

March 6, 2014

By Becket Staff In an historic first, the Dalai Lama gave the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate today. Prayers like these have been taking place in our nation’s legislatures for over 200 years. They showcase our nation’s religious diversity, highlight the fact that religion is a fundamental aspect of human culture, and reinforce the Read More

Church attacked for ministering to the homeless

March 4, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty In a shocking attack before this past Sunday’s worship services, Harbor Community Church in Ventura, California had a rock thrown through its church sign and a banner stating “Thou Shalt Not Steal Our Neighborhood” stuck to the sign. Police are investigating. The church has come Read More

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 67 Catholic Theologians, Lutherans, Southern Baptists, and the National Association of Evangelicals File Briefs Supporting the Little Sisters of the Poor

March 3, 2014

By Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty On New Years’ Eve, Justice Sonia Sotomayor intervened to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from crushing penalties that were scheduled to begin at midnight—an order that was confirmed and expanded by the entire Supreme Court on January 24. As a result, Read More

A good read on religious law in American courts

February 20, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty This week Prof. Eugene Volokh of UCLA Law School is serializing his recently published article in the Oklahoma Law Review regarding the use and application of religious law – especially Islamic law – in American courts.  Prof. Volokh points out as the Read More

Is Monotheism the Official State Religion of the United States?

January 27, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty That’s what atheist activist and repeat litigant Dr. Michael Newdow thinks. He’s brought another lawsuit seeking to remove the word “God” from public life, this time from the national motto, “In God We Trust.”  Those are the words that have been written Read More

10th Circuit Victory for Native American Prisoners

By Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Do prisoners lose their religious freedom when they go to prison? No—says the Tenth Circuit, in a lucid and important ruling issued a few days ago. If you’ve ever wondered how courts and prisons strike the balance between religious freedom and prison Read More

New DOD regulations a belated step in the right direction

January 23, 2014

Our brave fighting men and women deserve robust protection of the liberties they fight to preserve for us. For Immediate Release: January 23, 2013 Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224 “The members of our nation’s military give their lives to protect our liberties. But in recent years, our national commitment to protecting the religious liberty of Read More

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