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Our Mission

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. The Becket Fund exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas—the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy—both in the United States and abroad.

At the Becket Fund we like to say we’ve defended the religious rights of people from “A to Z,” from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. Our supporters represent a myriad of religions, but they all share our common vision of a world where religious freedom is respected as a fundamental human right that all are entitled to enjoy and exercise.

In defending these ideas, in theory and in practice, we find ourselves at the crossroads of church and state.

Praise for the Becket Fund

In the News:

“[T]he Becket lawyers are shaking up Washington for a simple reason: they win.” - TIME 

Becket Fund wins “among the most important religious liberty cases in a half century” – Wall Street Journal

“The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a powerhouse law firm…” – Associated Press

“The impressive Becket Fund” – Washington Post

“God’s Rottweilers: Meet the small nonprofit law firm that’s reshaping American politics.” — Politico

“The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has become one of the premier public-interest law firms working to defend religious freedom from encroachments by government.” - Insider Online

Prominent Leaders:

“I express a particular word of appreciation to the Becket Fund for its many efforts on behalf of religious freedom”  – Pope John Paul II

“We thank the Becket Fund for its tireless efforts in defense of religious liberty.  Becket understands, as we do, that if we fail to diligently protect religious freedom—a vitally important freedom in its own right—other important rights may also be imperiled.”– Elder Lance B.  Wickman, General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“People of all faiths are better off because of Becket Fund’s defense of religious liberty.  We owe them a great deal.” – Nathan Lewin, Honorary President,  American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists 

“…no persons will be more deserving of celebration than the truly great lawyers of the Becket Fund and its courageous President, the silver-tongued Seamus Hasson.” Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Professor, and former US Ambassador 

“The Becket Fund’s work is more than ‘good’.  It’s vital.” - Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

“The Becket Fund is an extraordinarily ecumenical organization. It’s happenstance, of course, that a case is coming right on the heels of Hobby Lobby that will remind everyone that religious freedom is important and not—in most contexts—a culture war issue. But that’s been the Becket Fund’s position all along.” - Michael McConnell, a prominent religious liberty legal scholar at Stanford Law School

“At no other time has the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty been more indispensable in defending basic freedoms.  We are facing an unprecedented assault on religion that must be continually countered not only in the public square but, just as importantly, in the courts.” Fr. Jonathan Morris, Author, Fox News Religion and Ethics Analyst, and Program Director of “The Catholic Channel” radio on SiriusXM 129  

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