Posts Tagged:religious liberty

Nuns and Catholic hospitals head to court over HHS transgender mandate

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments Wednesday over whether a Health and Human Services mandate can force religious-based hospitals to perform sex-reassignment procedures that could cause “harm” to patients, plaintiffs say. Earlier this year, President Joe Biden’s administration restored federal protections for gay and transgender people, allowing them to sue…Read More

Supreme Court Hears Arguments for Carson v Makin, Regarding Religious Schools

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case which raises questions about religious freedom and separation of Church and state. The case, Carson v Makin, involves school choice in Maine which is tied to state-funded tuition aid in settings where public schools are not available. The key question is whether families who…Read More

University of Iowa to pay nearly $2M to lawyers for Christian student groups in religious liberty cases

The University of Iowa will pay close to $2 million in attorneys fees to a religious freedom legal organization that represented two Christian student groups that sued the college for violating their right to free exercise of religion. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented Business Leaders in Christ and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in lawsuits…Read More

Dobbs v. Jackson: What did Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Barrett say?

As the wait begins for a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, close attention will be paid to the comments and questions of three conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court that some observers view as possible swing votes: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy…Read More

Religious Freedom Index results: Americans increase support for religious freedom with highest Index score yet

Becket has just released the third annual Religious Freedom Index, the only annual poll that tracks trends across the full spectrum of opinions on American religious freedom. This year’s Index reached a new high as Americans bounced back from a uniquely divisive year with revitalized support for religious liberty. In addition to the Index’s standardized…Read More

US Supreme Court to hear case of death row inmate requesting pastor’s touch at execution

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Ramirez v. Collier on Tuesday, Nov. 9, almost two months after the court delayed a scheduled execution over a question about the role of spiritual advisors in the death chamber. The court will consider the constitutionality of Texas’ prohibitions on a spiritual advisor touching a condemned prisoner…Read More

New York Times: Abortions Dropped by Half After Texas Heartbeat Law

The New York Times published a report that Texas has reduced abortions by half since the passage of the state’s Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. “In September, after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, the number of legal abortions performed there dropped 50 percent from…Read More

Columbia Law Professor Explains Why Public Schools Are Tearing America Apart

Smearing parents fed up with their kids’ schools as “domestic terrorists” seems to be a wild, incendiary charge with little basis in reality. Yet it’s the basis on which the U.S. attorney general has convened an FBI task force to surveil and intimidate parents who object to what their children are being taught, and how…Read More