Religious Freedom

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

Orthodox Union Welcomes Pentagon’s Reversal of Apparent Anti-Semitic Discrimination in Federal Security Clearance Process

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomes the Pentagon’s reversal of its decision to deny security clearance to Dr. Gershon Pincus due to alleged “divided loyalties” between the U.S. and Israel. The initial denial was a decision made September by the federal Office of Personnel Management.
Read More Posted at January 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

Orthodox Union Expresses Outrage at Apparent Anti-Semitic Discrimination in Federal Security Clearance Process

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed its outrage at the opposition Dr. Gershon Pincus is facing from the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in his effort to obtain security clearance for his civilian position in the U.S. Navy, as described in The Wall Street Journal.
Read More Posted at December 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

The Rabbinical Council of America and Orthodox Union Reject Religious Test for Immigration

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Orthodox Union reject calls to limit immigration to the United States based on religion. Allen Fagin, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, said, "We call on all Americans to reaffirm that discrimination of any group solely upon religion is wrong and anathema to the great traditions of religious and personal freedoms upon which this country was founded."
Read More Posted at December 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Applauds 8-1 Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Religious Freedom in the Workplace

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded today’s 8-1 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court reversing a lower court decision requiring applicants for employment to disclose their religious observance during a hiring interview or anytime during the hiring process. The high court held today that “an employer may not make a [job] applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.”
Read More Posted at June 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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
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