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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 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

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 Read More

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 Read More

What Hobby Lobby Means for Religious Liberty

July 14, 2014

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 Read More

Defending Ramadan and Religious Freedom

July 7, 2014

By Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty It’s almost midnight, and my day has just started. While I was immersed in my daily work throughout the day, I moved among my tasks without breaking to eat or drink—for all 17 hours of my Washington, DC July fast. Now that the sun Read More

How the Becket Fund became the leading advocate for religious freedom for all

June 27, 2014

A Response to the American Prospect By Luke W. Goodrich On June 18, the American Prospect published an article about the Becket Fund and its role in the Hobby Lobby litigation. Much of the article is fair and balanced. But one of its core claims—that the Becket Fund has been drifting from its founding principles—misses Read More

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