Archive for the ‘Cases’ Category

EEOC v. Abercrombie

December 3, 2014

Meet Samantha Elauf    Samantha Elauf is a fashion blogger who takes her faith seriously. When she was 17, she sought a job at her local mall’s Abercrombie & Fitch. She knew the company dress code prohibited hats but had previously hired a Jewish employee who wore a yarmulke, so she never imagined that her headscarf Read More

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

November 3, 2014

In any playground full of gravel, there are bound to be a few scraped knees. Only in this case, the laws known as Blaine Amendments are to blame. Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center is a daycare program that provides a wholesome school environment promoting cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual growth for children. Just one thing Read More

McAllen Grace Brethren Church v. Jewell

October 31, 2014

The federal government invades a gathering of Native Americans, confiscates their property, and threatens to punish them if they resist. Sounds like tragic history from the 1800s, right? Robert Soto is living through it right now. Mr. Soto is an award-winning feather dancer and Lipan Apache religious leader. In 2006, he attended a powwow – a traditional religious ceremony involving drumming, dancing, and Native American dress. Read More

Reed v. Town of Gilbert

September 22, 2014

Everyone is welcome at Good News Community Church. Services are held Sundays. The Church encourages Christian fellowship through Bible study, religious song, and prayer. Its mission is outreach, inviting everyone into its community.As a fledgling congregation with limited financial means and no permanent location, the Church depends on sidewalk signs to spread word of events. Read More

Christ Church New Jersey et al v. Rockaway Township

August 15, 2014

Cramped—that’s how members of Christ Church felt after an exhausting seven year search for a new house of worship. In less than twenty years, a home Bible study of eight people had grown to a church of more than 5000 members. Their 800-person sanctuary was bursting at the seams; it couldn’t keep pace with the needs of a rapidly expanding congregation. In April 2003, the Church signed a contract to purchase a large property from a bio-tech Read More

American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District

July 21, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: On February 6, 2015, Samantha Jones, a high school student in New Jersey, successfully protected the right of all her fellow students to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety.  To explore the complete history of the Becket Fund’s defense of the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Read More

Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, Massachusetts, 2011-2014

July 20, 2014

UPDATE: ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance Upheld Unanimously by Massachusetts’ Highest Court (May 9, 2014) After three failed attempts to strike down “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance on the federal level, atheist advocates next sought to challenge it on the state level in Acton-Boxborough, Massachusetts. On October 21, 2011, the Becket Fund for Read More

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Hanover School District, New Hampshire, 2007-2011

The year was 2007, the night—Halloween, but trick-or-treaters dressed as ghosts and hobgoblins weren’t the only ones stirring up fanciful fears in New England. No, Dr. Michael Newdow, an atheist and ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, along with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), filed suit to silence the Pledge of Allegiance Read More

Newdow v. Rio Linda Union School District, California, 2005-2010

July 18, 2014

Just a year after his procedural defeat at the Supreme Court, Newdow again filed suit in California challenging the Pledge’s use of the words “under God.” The Becket Fund intervened on behalf of parents of California public school students who sought to continue voluntarily reciting the Pledge in school. As the Becket Fund’s Founder Seamus Read More

Holt v. Hobbs

May 19, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: VICTORY IN HOLT V. HOBBS. See statement and Supreme Court Opinion here. Downloadable PDF version of infograph. Nearly 15 years ago, Congress found that government bureaucrats routinely trample on religious liberty in prison. As the joint statement of Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Kennedy (D-MA) put it: “Whether from indifference, ignorance, bigotry, or lack of resources, some Read More

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