Our Mission

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas—the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy—both in the United States and abroad.

At Becket we like to say we’ve defended the religious rights of people from “A to Z,” from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. Our supporters represent a myriad of religions, but they all share our common vision of a world where religious freedom is respected as a fundamental human right that all are entitled to enjoy and exercise.

In defending these ideas, in theory and in practice, we find ourselves at the crossroads of church and state.

Praise for Becket

In the News:

“[T]he Becket lawyers are shaking up Washington for a simple reason: they win.”  TIME 

“At this moment in America’s history, religious liberty has never had more able champions—including but not limited to Becket…” – Wall Street Journal

“Becket is a powerhouse law firm…”  Associated Press

“Becket wins ‘among the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.’” – Wall Street Journal

“Among the cluster of law firms that seek to push back on limitations on religion in the public square, Becket is considered perhaps the most prestigious…”  Washington Post

“The impressive Becket…”  Washington Post

“God’s Rottweilers: Meet the small nonprofit law firm that’s reshaping American politics… [a] highly influential law firm that has already prompted seismic changes in the country’s cultural and legal landscape. ”  Politico

“Becket has become one of the premier public-interest law firms working to defend religious freedom from encroachments by government.”  Insider Online

Prominent Leaders:

“I express a particular word of appreciation to Becket for its many efforts on behalf of religious freedom.”
 Pope John Paul II

“We thank Becket for its tireless efforts in defense of religious liberty. Becket understands, as we do, that if we fail to diligently protect religious freedom—a vitally important freedom in its own right—other important rights may also be imperiled.”
Elder Lance B.  Wickman, General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“People of all faiths are better off because of Becket’s defense of religious liberty. We owe them a great deal.”
Nathan Lewin, Honorary President,  American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists 

“…no persons will be more deserving of celebration than the truly great lawyers of Becket and its courageous President, the silver-tongued Seamus Hasson.”
Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Professor, and former US Ambassador 

“…as long as we have partners like Becket supporting us every step of the way supporting our community, it makes all the difference in the world.”
– Jasjit Singh, Executive Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

“And that is why Becket matters, because all this – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus – people of all faiths need to come together to know that we are free to live our deepest convictions and thereby enrich the heritage of humankind. So thank you Becket for all you are doing to make this world a little freer and to allow each of us in our own way to light up the public square with the candle and the flame of faith.”
– Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksEmeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

“Becket’s work is more than ‘good’. It’s vital.” 
– 
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

“God bless all of you at Becket for the wonderful work you do defending religious liberty.”
Chuck Colson, founder and chairman of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

“[Becket] is kind of an eyes and ears for religious liberty for many, many organizations, and we appreciate that work, and we support that work, and we hope they continue to be very successful in what they do to help all Americans”
Annuttama Dasa, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness

“Becket is an extraordinarily ecumenical organization. It’s happenstance, of course, that a case is coming right on the heels of Hobby Lobby that will remind everyone that religious freedom is important and not—in most contexts—a culture war issue. But that’s been the Becket’s position all along.”
– Michael McConnell, a prominent religious liberty legal scholar at Stanford Law School

“God’s ACLU.”
Viet Dinh, professor at Georgetown Law School

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