Posts Tagged ‘Free Exercise Clause’

Neely v. Wyoming Ethics

May 10, 2016

Current Court: Wyoming Supreme Court Status: Awaiting oral argument Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: Individual Freedom, Freedom of Speech The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is threatening to strip a small town judge of her judicial duties and impose up to $40,000 in fines simply because of her religious beliefs about marriage. Read More

Central Rabbinical Congress et al. v. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene et al.

June 25, 2013

This case involves an unprecedented government regulation of Jewish religious circumcision practices. Last year the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a new circumcision regulation. It penalizes Jewish rabbinical officials known as mohels who engage in the millennia-old circumcision practice of metzitzah b’peh unless the mohels force the infant boy’s parents Read More

Darling v. Bakersfield School District

June 24, 2013

Danielle and Alexandra Darling are students in the Bakersfield City School District who are also observant Episcopalians. In March of 2006, their mother, Nona Darling, contacted her daughters’ school pursuant to school policy to be excused at noontime in order to attend Ash Wednesday services. In accordance with their beliefs, the Darling sisters fasted in Read More

Creatore v. Trumbull

In November 1993, Donald Creatore and the Knights of Columbus applied for permission from town officials to place a nativity display on the public green next to the town hall. Despite there being both a Christmas tree and a Menorah on display, town officials denied their request, claiming that the application was too late. Wasting Read More

Richardson Independent School District

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

Slockish v. U.S. Federal Highway Administration

April 8, 2013

The Klickitat and Cascade Tribes: The People of Mount Hood The Klickitat and Cascade Tribes of Yakama Nation have lived in the areas surrounding Mount Hood for centuries. It has been the center of tribal quests, spiritual rituals, and sacred burial ceremonies long before this nation was founded. As the hereditary Chiefs of the Klickitat Read More

Salazar v. Buono

January 18, 2012

In a case involving the constitutionality of a cross memorial in the Mojave Desert, the Becket Fund’s amicus brief argued that the court of appeals should be reversed, because the plaintiff lacked standing and that the cross did not violate the Establishment Clause. The Supreme Court agreed, with two Justices agreeing that the plaintiff lacked Read More

Ward v. Polite (Ward v. Wilbanks)

January 3, 2012

Julea Ward was kicked out of her Eastern Michigan University’s counseling program after she declined to counsel a student against her religious beliefs.  Ward lost in the lower courts but on January 27, 2012, the Sixth Circuit  issued a major victory for the constitutional rights of individuals with religious beliefs. The court held that Eastern Michigan 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

NRO: Pharmacists’ Conscience Rights on Trial

December 9, 2011

Conscience rights battled out in federal court.

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