Archive for the ‘District of Columbia’ Category

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, is finally moving on from its battle with DC preservationists, and is planning a new church building at 16th & I Streets in downtown Washington. Its existing building is an eyesore that enjoys the dubious honor of being a landmark of the “Brutalist” style, a Read More

Supreme Court sends clear message on religion (Hannah Smith in the Deseret News)

January 17, 2012

On Jan. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rang the religious liberty bell loud and clear in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. It unanimously upheld the right of religious organizations to choose their own ministers, in a case between a church school in Michigan and its former employee and a federal government agency. Read More

Has Obama Waged A War On Religion? (NPR Weekend Edition Sunday)

January 8, 2012

Some political and religious leaders say there is a White House-led war against religion.

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 research Read More

Rigdon v. Perry (1997)

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. Sebelius (2011-Current)

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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