The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has actually done some good work on behalf of genuine religious freedom, but much of the time they are as ridiculous as Liberty Counsel or the ACLJ. Especially when they hand out awards like the one they just sent out this press release about:
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is pleased (well, sort of) to announce the recipient of our lowest honor, the 2013 Ebenezer Award, which is given annually to the most ridiculous affront to Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations.
This year the award goes to Wisconsin’s Department of Administration, which apparently doesn’t know that it is constitutionally permissible for the government to have a tasteful holiday display celebrating various aspects of the Christmas season. So instead, the Department of Administration invited anyone and everyone to display anything they want.
The result? Wisconsin citizens are now being greeted by a display of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” in their State Capitol. The sign depicts a dripping wet clump of boiled spaghetti with two strategically placed meatballs, and this message: “He boiled for your sins. Be touched by his noodly appendage before it is too late.”
So for the Becket Fund, the “most ridiculous affront to Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations” is when the government does not give exclusive access to public property to celebrate only those two events. Pluralism and diversity — such an “affront” to an organization that calls itself an advocate of “religious liberty.” And by “religious liberty” they of course means Christians and Jews only.