Archive for the ‘Cases’ Category

Dermody v. PCUSA

June 8, 2016

Current Court: Kentucky Court of Appeals Status: Pending Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Religious Communities; Ministerial Exception Churches must have the right to be transparent and accountable when it comes to finances. Yet a Kentucky lawsuit, brought by a disgruntled minister who failed a church financial audit, is threatening the right of churches to Read More

Neely v. Wyoming Ethics

May 10, 2016

Current Court: Wyoming Supreme Court Status: Awaiting oral argument Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Individual Freedom, Freedom of Speech The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is threatening to strip a small town judge of her judicial duties and impose up to $40,000 in fines simply because of her religious beliefs about marriage. Read More

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge v. Township of Bernard

May 9, 2016

Current Court: United States Court for the District of New Jersey Status: Ongoing Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: RLUIPA, religious communities A suburban New Jersey town denied a small Muslim congregation the right to build a new mosque where it could meet to worship. So the congregation went to court. A small mosque with Read More

Singh v. McConville

March 29, 2016

Update: On April 10, 2016, Army granted religious accommodation to three Sikh soldiers Soldiers of faith and service Specialist Kanwar Bir Singh, Specialist Harpal Singh, and Private Arjan Singh Ghotra are faithful Sikhs who serve in the U.S. Army. Specialist Kanwar Singh was highly regarded for his ROTC service during college and achieved the highest possible score on Read More

U.S. v. Florida

March 2, 2016

Prisoners are not popular. But they are human. That is why the Becket Fund defends religious freedom for prisoners. In 2000, Congress discovered that government bureaucrats were routinely trampling religious freedom in prison. They were needlessly confiscating sacred texts, breaking up worship meetings, and banning religious diets. So Congress unanimously passed a law that forbids Read More

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

February 8, 2016

 Home Press Images HHS Info Central FAQs Amicus Briefs Current Court:  U.S. Supreme Court Status:  Oral Argument March 23, 2016 Becket Role:  Counsel Related Issues:  HHS Mandate, Religious Communities, Individual Freedom To schedule an interview, call 202-349-7218 or email media@becketfund.org. BREAKING: Little Sisters of the Poor win at Supreme Court

U.S. v. Sterling

December 18, 2015

Current Court: Court of Appeals For the Armed Forces Status: pending resolution Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: RFRA, religious liberty in the military Our nation’s military was practicing religious liberty even before our country recognized it’s inherently beneficial traits: solving religious conflicts and advancing the human right to freely seek God. If there is Read More

Singh v. Carter

December 14, 2015

Meet Simmer Singh, an American Sikh U.S. Army Captain Simmer Singh is devout in his Sikh faith. During childhood, he wore the patka, a small turban worn by Sikh children to cover their unshorn hair. In high school, he began wearing a full turban and uncut beard—two core “articles of faith” in the Sikh religion—to Read More

Supreme Court to consider a small town case with huge repercussions on the First Amendment rights of all Americans

November 24, 2015

Officer Jeffrey Heffernan demoted for picking up a campaign sign for his bedridden mother For Immediate Release: November 24, 2015 Media Contact: Melinda Skea, mskea@becketfund.org, 202-349-7224 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The High Court will hear the case of a New Jersey police officer who was demoted for picking up a mayoral campaign sign for his bedridden Read More

Heffernan v. City of Paterson

Current Court: U.S. Supreme Court Status: Decided (6-2 victory on the side of Heffernan) Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Speech In 2006 New Jersey police officer Jeffrey Heffernan was spotted picking up a campaign sign for the candidate opposing the mayor of Paterson. Officer Heffernan didn’t live Read More

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