Common Ground on Religion & the Law

Posted on January 12, 2010 In Blog

This morning, at an event at the Brookings Institution, a diverse set of attorneys and advocates, who work on matters regarding the interplay of religion, the law and public life, released a historic “Joint Statement of Current Law.”

The lengthy and detailed document addresses a broad range of issues including political engagement by religious organizations, employers’ obligations to accommodate their employees’ religious needs, the parameters of religious expression on public property, and many more.

OU/IPA’s Nathan Diament was a member of the Statement’s drafting committee and says that “the strength and impact of this effort is not to say what the law ought to be – we have many disagreements over that – but to say what the law is right now; and that, on balance, will combat misunderstanding and expand religious freedom in the United States.”