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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

Duncan v. Nevada and Lopez v. Schwartz

January 25, 2016

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Nevada Students Like any other state, Nevada seeks to provide quality education to students of all incomes. So in 2015, the state of Nevada established the Education Savings Account (ESA) program, which allocates money into a specified bank account for each child that, similar to a medical flexible spending account, parents Read More

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 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,, 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) 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 in the city and was Read More

McCullen v. Coakley

November 9, 2015

  Meet Eleanor McCullen  Since 2000 Eleanor McCullen has knitted baby hats and lovingly counseled women outside of abortion clinics near her home in Massachusetts. A radiant and cheerful woman of faith, Eleanor is welcoming as she offers help, hope, and love in her work as a sidewalk counselor.  Since she began her work outside Read More

Church of Our Savior v. City of Jacksonville Beach

October 6, 2015

The Church of Our Savior, an Anglican congregation in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is now free to begin construction on a new, permanent house of worship for its growing congregation. A small church in an even smaller building In 2013, Resurrection Anglican Church joined with another Anglican church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, to form the Church Read More

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