Posts Tagged ‘free exercise’

U.S. v. Florida

March 2, 2016

Prisoners are not popular. But they are human. That is why the Becket Fund defends religious freedom for prisoners. In 2000, Congress discovered that government bureaucrats were routinely trampling religious freedom in prison. They were needlessly confiscating sacred texts, breaking up worship meetings, and banning religious diets. So Congress unanimously passed a law that forbids Read More

U.S. v. Sterling

December 18, 2015

Current Court: Court of Appeals For the Armed Forces Status: pending resolution Becket role: Amicus curiae Related Issues: RFRA, religious liberty in the military Our nation’s military was practicing religious liberty even before our country recognized it’s inherently beneficial traits: solving religious conflicts and advancing the human right to freely seek God. If there is Read More

Singh v. Carter

December 14, 2015

  Meet Simmer Singh, an American Sikh Decorated Army Captain Simratpal “Simmer” Singh is a devout Sikh who has finally prevailed against a three-decade ban preventing observant Sikhs from serving in the U.S. Army. As a child, Captain Singh wore the patka, a small turban worn by Sikh children to cover their unshorn hair. In Read More

Hands On Originals

October 29, 2015

  Meet Blaine Adamson Blaine Adamson owns Hands On Originals, a small screen printing shop in Kentucky that creates promotional materials like shirts, hats, blankets, and mugs. He also has a Christian Outfitters division that creates exclusively Christian materials. Blaine regularly employs and serves LGBT individuals, and he has never turned away any customer because Read More

Holt v. Hobbs

May 19, 2014

Victory in Holt v. Hobbs:  See statement and Supreme Court Opinion here. Downloadable PDF version of infograph. Sixteen years ago, Congress found that government bureaucrats routinely trample on religious liberty in prison. As the joint statement of Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Kennedy (D-MA) put it: “Whether from indifference, ignorance, bigotry, or lack of resources, some institutions restrict Read More

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen – Holy Cross Anglican Church

December 13, 2013

As a minister with over 25 years of service and a Benedictine abbot, Father Patrick Malone has long been serious about his faith. So when he  became the vicar of Holy Cross Anglican Church, Father Malone carried that commitment into preaching how to live as faithful Christians. This includes guiding Holy Cross’s 55 members about Read More

Odgaard v. Iowa

October 7, 2013

It was their home away from home. Betty and Richard Odgaard are a small-town Mennonite couple. In 2002, they rescued a near century-old church that was going to be torn down to make room for a gas station, and converted it instead into an art gallery to display Betty’s and other local artist’s work. Inside the Görtz Read More

Bauchman v. West High School (1997)

August 9, 2013

In 1997, the Becket Fund won an important victory for members of a high school choir in Utah—one that ensures school choirs can perform a diverse repertoire that includes music with religious origins or texts. After a student at West High School sued school officials, challenging the choir’s performance of a Christmas concert because songs Read More

Welch v. Cobb County

June 24, 2013

At the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, officials singled out the Roman Catholic faith, prohibiting a priest from conducting mass while allowing Protestants to practice their religion freely. Because weekly Mass is an critical element of the Catholic faith, Rev. John Welch offered to lead a weekly Mass for the prison’s two dozen Catholic inmates, Read More

Big Sky Colony v. Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (Montana – Hutterite colony)

March 28, 2013

The Hutterites are a peaceful and industrious people who have lived every aspect of their lives in religious communities for almost 500 years—eating meals in a communal dining hall, educating their children in a communal school, wearing the same homemade clothing, and working together on a communal farm. All Hutterite members take a vow of Read More

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