Archive for the ‘District of Columbia’ Category

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

2013 National Religious Freedom Conference: Many Faiths, One America

May 21, 2013

Becket Fund’s Hannah Smith to speak at 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference

Third Church of Christ, Scientist v. District of Columbia

July 3, 2012

After years of litigation, Washington DC’s Third Church of Christ, Scientist, has finally won its battle with DC preservationists, and will soon enjoy a new church building at 16th & I Streets in downtown Washington. Its previous building was an eyesore that enjoys the dubious honor of being a landmark of the “Brutalist” style, a Read More

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life praises the Becket Fund as a Top Religious Advocacy Group

December 28, 2011

In the Pew Forum ‘s November 2011 report entitled “Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington D.C.,” the Becket Fund was praised as one of the top religious advocacy groups in Washington D.C. The Pew study described the Becket Fund as combining “elements of a think tank with a robust litigation program” that “conducts legal Read More

Rigdon v. Perry

December 17, 2011

Muzzled military chaplains enlisted the Becket Fund for an assault on Pentagon censorship.  Representing a group of Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim chaplains and service members, the Becket Fund championed the rights of military chaplains to preach freely without government interference. A Pentagon gag order had barred military chaplains from preaching about legislation during sermons.  Although Read More

Belmont Abbey College v. Burwell

November 10, 2011

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represents Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, in a lawsuit against the federal government to protect Belmont Abbey’s right to be true to its principles.  As a Catholic college, Belmont Abbey teaches that contraception, sterilization, and abortion are against God’s law. So in Read More

Supreme Court Justices Criticize Government’s Argument as “Amazing” and “Extraordinary”

October 5, 2011

Court Hears Most Important Religious Freedom Case in Decades

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