Archive for the ‘Florida’ Category

Atheists of Florida v. City of Lakeland (2012-2013)

July 2, 2013

The Atheists of Florida hauled the City of Lakeland into court for opening their meetings with Christian prayer – a practice that dated back more than 60 years. After the City Commission opened the invocation to all faiths, the district court ruled that the legislative prayer practice was permissible. The Atheists of Florida then appealed Read More

Rich v. Buss Media Information Sheet

April 8, 2013

Background: Bruce Rich is an Orthodox Jew by birth, belief, and practice. He was born to Orthodox Jewish parents in Brooklyn, and raised in a kosher-observant household. Growing up, Rich received an in-depth Jewish education, including study of the Torah. As an adult, he maintained a kosher household. Like millions of observant Jews before him, Read More

The First Amendment in Prison

March 18, 2013

Becket Fund’s Lori Windham to speak on panel at Northwestern University School of Law

JRCLS 31st Annual State and Local Government Conference

March 14, 2013

Becket Fund’s Luke Goodrich to participate in debate at JRCLS conference

Stanford Law School Launches One-of-a-Kind Religious Liberty Clinic: January 14, 2013

February 10, 2013

Made Possible by $1.6M Gift from the Becket Fund

Hannah Smith and Eric Baxter to Speak at J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference

Becket Fund’s Hannah Smith to introduce Justice Clarence Thomas, Eric Baxter to speak on panel

Rich v. Buss (current)

November 28, 2012

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an appeal on behalf of Bruce Rich, an Orthodox Jewish prison inmate who has been denied a kosher diet by the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). The Becket Fund is arguing that denial of kosher food violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), because it Read More

Cotton v. Florida Department of Corrections

October 26, 2012

Alan J. Cotton was a prisoner in Florida’s Everglades Correctional Institution who tried for several years to get the state Department of Corrections to provide him with kosher meals. Cotton was born and raised in the Jewish faith, and was a “sincere adherent of Orthodox Judaism” who “believes he is required to keep a kosher Read More

Ave Maria University v. Sebelius

February 20, 2012

Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, knows first-hand the immense value religious people of all faiths bring to the public square and is determined to stop the Administration’s efforts to push them to the margins.  Towey worked with Mother Teresa for 12 years, and saw her establish AIDs clinics and homeless shelters, then served Read More

Council for Secular Humanism v. McNeil, Florida, (2007-present)

February 7, 2011

For years, two halfway houses in McNeil, Florida, Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries, have provided substance abuse counseling, housing, and other services to recently released prisoners, all entirely on a voluntary basis. This helps to reintegrate released prisoners back into society, reducing the number of repeat offenders. Their reward? Getting sued by Read More

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