Religious Freedom

OU Advocacy champions First Amendment guarantees for the religious liberties of individuals and institutions of faith.

A Middle Way Approach to Religious Freedom Laws, by Nathan Diament

The tension between laws that protect religious liberty and those that prohibit discrimination against gays is the culture war battleground of the decade. The recent enactment of Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is but the latest flashpoint for this ongoing clash.
Read More Posted at April 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Orthodox Union Urges the Supreme Court to Overturn Decision Permitting Religious Discrimination During the Hiring Process; “Americans Must Not Be Forced to Choose Between Career and Conscience”

The OU called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from a lower court requiring applicants for employment to disclose their religious observance during a hiring interview or anytime during the hiring process. The high court is scheduled to hear the case in question, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. this term.
Read More Posted at December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

Orthodox Union Praises Decision of US Court of Appeals Dismissing Challenge to Parsonage Allowance

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. The Court said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the organization behind the lawsuit, did not have the standing to challenge the law.
Read More Posted at November 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm
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