Archive for the ‘Cases’ Category

Sac and Fox Nation v. Borough of Jim Thorpe

July 1, 2015

Jim Thorpe, A Living Legend Arguably one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe won two Olympic gold medals and played three different professional sports – football, track and field, and baseball. In the course of his career, he was inducted to ten Halls of Fames and in 1950 the Associated Press Read More

Chi Alpha v. Cal State

March 16, 2015

Can students be religious at Cal State? For 40 years, a group of Christian students have been gathering at Cal State Stanislaus in California’s Central Valley. They call themselves Chi Alpha (Greek letters standing for “Christ’s Ambassadors”) and they were long a recognized part of student life. All that changed this fall when the university yanked their charter and locked them out of Read More

Oliver v. Hofmeister (2015-Present)

March 2, 2015

Related to Jenks v. Spry Stephanie and Russell Spry just want to keep doing what they have always done — provide their disabled son with the best education possible. This has been difficult because their public school was not equipped to accommodate children like their son, who has severe autism. He was essentially being “warehoused” Read More

EEOC v. Abercrombie (2011-2015)

December 3, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Victory for religious job seekers. On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of protecting religious accommodations. Meet Samantha Elauf    Samantha Elauf is a fashion blogger who takes her faith seriously. When she was 17, she sought a job at her local mall’s Abercrombie & Fitch. She knew the company dress code prohibited hats Read More

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

November 3, 2014

In any playground full of gravel, there are bound to be a few scraped knees. Only in this case, the laws known as Blaine Amendments are to blame. Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center is a daycare program that provides a wholesome school environment promoting cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual growth for children. Just one thing Read More

McAllen Grace Brethren Church v. Jewell

October 31, 2014

The federal government invades a gathering of Native Americans, confiscates their property, and threatens to punish them if they resist. Sounds like tragic history from the 1800s, right? Robert Soto is living through it right now. Mr. Soto is an award-winning feather dancer and Lipan Apache religious leader. In 2006, he attended a powwow – a traditional religious ceremony involving drumming, dancing, and Native American dress. Read More

Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2005-2015)

September 22, 2014

Everyone is welcome at Good News Community Church. Services are held Sundays. The Church encourages Christian fellowship through Bible study, religious song, and prayer. Its mission is outreach, inviting everyone into its community.As a fledgling congregation with limited financial means and no permanent location, the Church depends on sidewalk signs to spread word of events. Read More

Christ Church New Jersey et al v. Rockaway Township (2005-2007)

August 15, 2014

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 (2014-2015)

July 21, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: On April 13, 2015, the American Humanist Association threw in the towel, deciding not to appeal New Jersey high school student Samantha Jones’ victory in state trial court protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. This now marks the Becket Fund’s fifth victory in a row defending the words “one nation under God.”  To explore the complete history Read More

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

July 20, 2014

UPDATE: ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance Upheld Unanimously by Massachusetts’ Highest Court (May 9, 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 Read More

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