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Church and State

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Church-State

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Church-State

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Key Religious Freedom Protections
Posted on Tuesday January 20, 2015

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Holt v. Hobbs, holding that under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), prisoner Abdul Maalik Muhammed could grow a half-inch beard while incarcerated in Arkansas. This decision upheld the fundamental religious freedom rights of all people, of all backgrounds, and is heartening in light […]

In Mourning for France, Reminded of the Importance of Religious Freedom
Posted on Friday January 16, 2015

On Tuesday night, many in the Washington, D.C. community — myself among them — gathered at Adas Israel Congregation for an event convened by AJC (and cosponsored by the Religious Action Center) in solidarity and remembrance with the People of France and the Jewish Community. It was a beautiful event, including speakers such as Jason […]

2014 at the RAC: Our Year in Blogs  
Posted on Monday January 05, 2015

The (secular) New Year brings new opportunities and new challenges in the world of Jewish social justice. The 114th Congress will convene on January 3, 2015 at noon. As we look towards what 2015 will bring, let’s take a moment to look back at 2014 through 14 RACBlog highlights. This list is a mix of […]

Let’s Keep the Flame of Religious Freedom Burning Bright
Posted on Monday December 22, 2014

The holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabee resistance over the Syrians led by Antiochus Epiphanes. The Syrians had taken over Jerusalem, desecrated the holy Temple, abolished Judaism, prohibited observance of Shabbat and the Festivals, in addition to outlawing critical Jewish rites like circumcision. The Jews were given two options by Antiochus, conversion or […]

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