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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

The Terrors of Blasphemy Laws

May 30, 2014

By Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The conflict between religious freedom and blasphemy laws in Pakistan is a source of constant concern for the international community. Not only are the blasphemy laws in Pakistan outrageous in themselves, but they are also applied unfairly by those with an agenda, and Read More

Canterbury Medalist Rabbi Sacks’ Stirring Defense of Freedom

May 21, 2014

By Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty “In America, the tree of liberty has religious roots. Don’t believe you can sever those roots and have the tree of liberty survive.” Those words came from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, this year’s Canterbury Medalist. Sitting in the room Thursday night, I watched Read More

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

May 13, 2014

By Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty “To be or not to be?” is a lot tougher question than the one everyone should be asking about Denmark today – “Why did Denmark really ban kosher and halal slaughter?” The answer is sadly quite simple–to discriminate against its Jewish and Muslim citizens. The Read More

Election Ends Threat from Québec “Charter of Values”

May 2, 2014

By Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty In November we reported on the Québec “Charter of Values”, a proposal by the government of Québec to ban state employees–from doctors to daycare workers–from wearing “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols.  The Charter of Values, which was criticized across Canada and around the Read More

2013 Canterbury Medal recipient Elder Dallin H. Oaks delivers “message of hope” for religious freedom

April 18, 2014

Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and recipient of the 2013 Canterbury Medal, delivered the keynote address at Utah Valley University’s Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom two days ago. Offering mutual understanding, accommodation, and goodwill among neighbors of all faiths Read More

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

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