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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

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

December 11, 2014

By Lori Windham, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The Atlantic just published a fascinating elegy for Alfred Smith. You may not recognize the name, but if you’ve seen a constitutional law textbook in the last twenty years—or spent more than a few minutes on the Becket Fund’s website—you’ve probably heard of Read More

Thanksgiving Reprise: Forgetting the Holy; The Feast of the Intransitive Verb

November 25, 2014

By Zachary Enos, Assistant Director of Communications If certain bureaucrats had their way, Christmas and Hanukah would become “Sparkle Season,” St. Valentine’s Day would be branded “Special Persons Day,”  and Easter—the “Spring Festival.” But hey, since stingy officials ignore common sense all the time, why stop there? We celebrate other public Holidays—a word which comes from Read More

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.

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.

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 Read More

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 Read More

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