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What’s Your Call Sign?

A Message from the Executive Director
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dear Friends,

Last week, within a few days of each other, Politico and Time Magazine nicknamed us “God’s Rottweilers” and “God’s ACLU.”

In my Cuban American culture, we are fond of nicknames and view them as a sign of affection. I was amused when I read the articles.

My husband is a retired Marine, and the Marine Corps gives a person a nickname based on the person’s traits—it’s the person’s “call sign.”

What is the Becket Fund’s call sign?

We’ve been called many things since we were founded over 20 years ago: “A powerhouse law firm” and a “conservative law firm” among others.

As the American Prospect recently noted, since our founding, “Becket’s ecumenical commitments set it apart.” The firm has been “beholden to neither party;” it has freely “offered its services to aggrieved believers of all stripes;” and it has taken “cases that gratified and vexed advocates on both sides of the political aisle.”

Who are we? Really?

The answer is simple: we are a public interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions.

We believe that religious liberty is a basic human right.

We believe that the religious impulse is natural to human culture.

We believe that religious liberty is good for this country, that millions of Americans in need—the homeless, the sick, the poor, the elderly, the imprisoned—depend on people inspired by religious beliefs to serve them.

We believe that every human being is born with a desire to search for the truth and to live life according to that truth.

We believe that the government should not interfere with that search or its public expression, except in extraordinary circumstances.

We believe that religious liberty is not about who God is, but about who we are.

We believe in winning for our clients and for freedom.

This year we have been involved in some high profile cases like Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor and defending the Pledge of Allegiance. But, these cases—as important as they are—do not define our mission.

We also take cases on behalf of religious minorities who have no one else to speak for them. Examples include:

A suit on behalf of Native Americans challenging the destruction of sacred lands;
A suit on behalf of a Sikh woman who was banned from a federal building because of her religious dress;
A suit on behalf of Montana Hutterites whose ancient practice of sharing all of their possessions in common was threatened by government regulations;
Suits on behalf of Jewish prison inmates in Texas, Indiana, and Georgia challenging the denial of a kosher diet;
A suit on behalf of Native American prison inmates in Alabama who were forced to cut their hair

We know our call sign.

We protect religious liberty for all.

I ask you, what is yours?

With sincere regards,

Kika (my Cuban nickname).

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