Posts Tagged ‘Free Exercise Clause’

Protecting Rights of Conscience — Stormans v. Selecky (Hannah Smith in the Deseret News)

February 7, 2012

On Feb. 1, a federal court near Seattle, Wash., heard closing arguments in a case about the right of conscience, a fundamental American principle (Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky). That right is the freedom from governmental coercion to violate one’s religious convictions. A pharmacy owned for four generations by the Stormans family (Ralph’s Thriftway) and two Read More

Ward v. Polite (Ward v. Wilbanks) (2012)

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. Euless (2009)

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.

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

USA Today- In Hosanna-Tabor, government should butt out

October 3, 2011

Led by the non-sectarian Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Hosanna-Tabor’s defenders know that a decision against the church could have terrible consequences for freedom of conscience in America.

University of Virginia Law School Blog – Laycock to Argue Religious Employment Discrimination Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

September 30, 2011

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the justices should retain limits on the ability of employees of religious organizations to sue for employment discrimination. Laycock, a leading expert on the law of religious liberty, is the counsel of record for a religious church and Read More

Yoder v. Morristown, New York (2006 – 2013)

July 27, 2011

A community of Swartzentruber Amish has been living peaceably in Morristown, New York for decades, and though they practice a traditional form of the Amish faith, they had never had trouble obtaining building permits or legally maintaining their homes and property.  This changed in 2006 when the Amish began to receive tickets from the town Read More

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez (2010)

In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a Christian student group was denied official recognition by a public law school because the group insisted that its voting members and leaders accept and adhere to a statement of faith.  UC Hastings College of Law, located in San Francisco, decided that the Christian Legal Society (CLS) policies violated Read More

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