Archive for the ‘Cases’ Category

Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell

August 23, 2016

Doctors, hospitals and five states are involved in a lawsuit defending themselves from a new federal regulation that forces doctors to ignore science and their medical judgment and perform gender transition procedures on children. A new website provides leading research on this issue, including guidance the government itself relies on demonstrating that up to 94 percent of children Read More

Abeles v. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)

June 8, 2016

Current Court: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Status: On appeal Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Individual Freedom Like millions of Jews worldwide, Susan Abeles celebrates the religious festival of Passover, considered one of the most important holidays in Judaism. For 26 years as an employee of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) Susan would take four days Read More

Dermody v. PCUSA

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

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

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