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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

Newdow v. The Congress of the United States

February 21, 2014

Becket Defends “In God We Trust” as the National Motto Is monotheism the official state religion of the United States? That’s what atheist activist and repeat litigant Dr. Michael Newdow thinks. He’s brought another lawsuit seeking to remove the word “God” from public life, this time from the national motto, “In God We Trust.”  Those Read More

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen – Holy Cross Anglican Church

December 13, 2013

As a minister with over 25 years of service and a Benedictine abbot, Father Patrick Malone has long been serious about his faith. So when he recently became the vicar of Holy Cross Anglican Church, Father Malone carried that commitment into preaching how to live as faithful Christians. This includes guiding Holy Cross’s 55 members Read More

GuideStone v. Sebelius

October 11, 2013

Church Benefits Provider and Ministries File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate Washington, D.C. – Today the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty together with the national law firm Locke Lord LLP filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three non-profit religious organizations who cannot comply with the federal government’s mandate that they provide employees with Read More

Odgaards v. Iowa

October 7, 2013

It’s their home away from home. Betty and Richard Odgaard are a Mennonite couple who own and operate the Görtz Haus Gallery, a 77-year-old-church-building-turned-art-gallery that hosts wedding ceremonies (and related services including a lunch bistro and a flower shop). It’s a small-town business, their life’s work. Betty and Richard personally devote their time and effort Read More

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius

September 12, 2013

  Thousands of elderly poor have a home today because of one remarkable woman. Saint Jeanne Jugan grew up in a small town in the aftermath of the French revolution. Times were hard. The winters were brutal. To support her family, Jeanne worked from a young age as a shepherdess, kitchen maid, and tending the Read More

Bauchman v. West High School (1997)

August 9, 2013

In 1997, the Becket Fund won an important victory for members of a high school choir in Utah—one that ensures school choirs can perform a diverse repertoire that includes music with religious origins or texts. After a student at WestHigh School sued school officials, challenging the choir’s performance of a Christmas concert because songs with Read More

Town of Greece v. Galloway

August 5, 2013

In the town of Greece, New York, volunteers from any religious faith may commence the legislative meeting with a short prayer. The town has had a wide variety of volunteers—from Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, to leaders from the Bahá’í and Wiccan traditions. This practice of legislative prayer can be traced back to the time of Read More

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