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Christ Church New Jersey et al v. Rockaway Township

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

On March 31, 2014, the American Humanist Association (AHA), a group of hypersecularist atheists, partnered with New Jersey atheists to rip the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. The complaint marks their second state level assault on the Pledge. The first suit—a Massachusetts based challenge that raised identical claims—was unanimously rejected by Read More

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

July 20, 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 Religious Liberty filed a request to intervene on behalf of students who want to continue saying the 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

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 institutions restrict religious liberty in egregious and unnecessary ways.”  For example:   Many prisons barred Jewish Read More

Protected: Pass Testing

May 14, 2014

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ECHR Cases

April 8, 2014

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is committed to defending freedom of religion at home and abroad. To that end, Becket attorneys frequently litigate before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France. The ECHR is the primary international court designed to enforce the European Convention on Human Rights, and is perhaps the Read More

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew – Parsonage Exemption Case

April 4, 2014

For centuries, clergy have lived in church-provided housing—often called a parsonage—either on the church grounds or on nearby church-owned property. This long-held tradition provided a means for clergy to meet the spiritual needs of their congregations by conducting church affairs in a place where they were easily available. Shortly after Congress enacted the federal income Read More

American Atheists v. Port Authority of New Jersey and New York

February 27, 2014

Two days after the September 11 attacks, a recovery worker discovers something in the rubble: a steel cross beam shaped like a Latin cross. It was a comforting sign for many Americans who saw it as a symbol of hope and healing as they cleared debris in search for survivors. The 17-foot cross is to Read More

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