Posts Tagged ‘Church-State’

The Pledge of Allegiance Cases

December 20, 2012

To learn more about the Becket Fund’s ongoing efforts in the New Jersey Pledge challenge, click here.  What does the phrase “under God” mean? That deceptively simple question goes to the heart of every State and Federal assault brought against the voluntary recitation of America’s Pledge of Allegiance by hypersecularist litigants. Pledge opponents incorrectly suggest that Read More

Gov. Gregoire vs. Religious Liberty

November 30, 2011

America’s struggling economy can’t afford more boarded up businesses, just because some in government power find conscience protections unsavory.

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

Breathing a sigh of relief for sacred religious practices (Hannah Smith in the Deseret News)

October 29, 2011

In early October, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that prohibits local governments from banning the practice of male circumcision. Unless challenged in the courts, this new state law appears to resolve a year-long debate that caught the attention of the U.S. Congress. At a time when victories for the rights of religious individuals Read More

U.S. District Court Holds Trial in Cranston High School Mural Case

October 13, 2011

“The Supreme Court is clear that we don’t have to scrub our public buildings of all historic references to religion.”

Health Care Reform and the HHS mandate on sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives (2010-present)

September 30, 2011

Attacks on freedom of conscience in the healthcare industry are accelerating.  In August 2011, HHS published regulations that will soon require virtually every employer regardless of conscientious objection to fund contraceptives, sterilizations, and drugs that many believe are chemical abortions. HHS did create an exemption for so-called “religious employers.” But, in doing so, HHS chose Read More

High court set to hear religious liberty case (Hannah Smith in the Deseret News)

September 29, 2011

During its opening week of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in what some deem the most important religious liberty case in decades — Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case involves a constitutional First Amendment doctrine known as the “ministerial exception,” which the court is Read More

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