Posts Tagged ‘Church-State’

Duncan v. Nevada and Lopez v. Schwartz

January 25, 2016

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Nevada Students Like any other state, Nevada seeks to provide quality education to students of all incomes. So in 2015, the state of Nevada established the Education Savings Account (ESA) program, which allocates money into a specified bank account for each child that, similar to a medical flexible spending account, parents Read More

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.  For over a decade, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has successfully defended the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because the phrase “under God” answers one of the most important questions any community Read More

Douglas County School District v. Larue

April 16, 2012

In March 2011, Colorado enacted The Choice Scholarship Program to help low-income families send their children to private schools of their choice (some of which were religious). On June 21, 2011, the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and several Colorado organizations and taxpayers in a Denver District Court to stop the scholarship program.  In Read More

Meredith v. Daniels

April 12, 2012

Change is coming to public schools across the country, but teachers’ unions and other vested interests are fighting a furious rearguard action against it, and using 19th Century anti-Catholic laws (“Blaine Amendments”) to do it.  That’s why The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief combating the notoriously anti-religious legislation formed at keeping Read More

Mitchell v. Helms

December 16, 2011

In a case challenging the constitutionality of a government school aid program as applied to parochial schools, the Supreme Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which had found that the program violated the Establishment Clause. Justice Thomas’s plurality opinion (joined by Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia and Kennedy) relied 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

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.”

PBS Religion and Ethics- Supreme Court: Ministerial Exception

Luke Goodrich on PBS Religion and Ethics to defend a Lutheran elementary school’s claim to ministerial exception.

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