Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Richardson Independent School District

June 24, 2013

Schoolchildren should never be forced to choose between respectfully practicing their religion and obeying the law. Yet in 2005, that was precisely the dilemma that confronted a group of Muslim students in Richardson, TX, who sought to pray daily at Berkner High School as required by their faith, but were threatened with expulsion. Failure to Read More

Castle Hills First Baptist Church v. City of Castle Hills

June 4, 2013

Castle Hills First Baptist Church, located near San Antonio, Texas, has enjoyed tremendous growth over the years, and in the late 1990s it acquired six residential lots for badly needed additional parking for its 17,000 members. Knowing that the church intended to use the lots for parking, the city allowed it to demolish and remove Read More

East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Burwell

October 8, 2012

East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University and have a few things in common: Both are Christian liberal arts colleges in Texas, both hold faith central to their educational missions,and both are standing up to the HHS mandate, which forces them to violate their conscience or pay crippling fines. Baptists in America, by virtue Read More

Church Wins Zoning Appeal; City Surrenders

May 3, 2012

City must recognize Church’s right to gather for worship For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012 Contact: Jeff Gasser, (202) 349-7201 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Becket Fund and a Christian church in Texas scored a huge victory for religious freedom. After five years of litigation, the Elijah Group, an evangelical Christian church in Leon Valley, Read More

Merced v. Kasson

December 17, 2011

Protecting the right to freely worship at home, the Becket Fund represented a Santeria priest in Texas who—because of discriminatory state action—was unable to perform certain religious rituals in his own home. In an important ruling under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Read More

Van Orden v. Perry

December 16, 2011

In an Establishment Clause challenge to a Ten Commandments display on the Texas State Capitol grounds, the Becket Fund’s amicus brief argued that such displays are constitutionally protected.  The Supreme Court ruled our way.   Additional Resources: Becket Fund’s Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supreme Court Opinion

Tagore v. Dept. of Homeland Security

August 24, 2011

In this case, the Becket Fund defended a federal employee’s ability to engage in a core Sikh religious practice. As a result of the successful lawsuit, the federal government changed its nationwide policies to accommodate Sikh federal employees and also agreed to a settlement. In April 2005, Kawal Tagore reported to her job with the Read More

Elijah Group v. City of Leon Valley, Texas

July 27, 2011

Houses of worship in Texas must be treated fairly, thanks to the Becket Fund. The Becket Fund stepped in when the City of Leon Valley, Texas refused to allow a church, the Elijah Group, use its building for worship. The city enacted a new zoning ordinance with a retail corridor intended to boost tax revenues Read More

Moussazadeh v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice

February 7, 2011

Prisoners are People Too Prisoners lose many of their physical rights when they enter prison, but they do not lose their dignity. They may be unpopular, but they still have human rights. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act (RLUIPA) was established to protect those rights. Congress unanimously passed RLUIPA in 2000 because prison Read More

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