As the Case of the Little Sisters of the Poor Returns to the Supreme Court, Jews Have Reason to Worry

In 2015, the Supreme Court heard the case of Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns seeking to receive an accommodation from healthcare regulations that, they argued, impinged on their religious freedom. The Supreme Court issued no definitive ruling, but in 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed to grant the nuns the same exemptions granted to churches—citing the 1993 Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA) as requiring such a decision. But the governments of New Jersey and Pennsylvania then sued HHS on the grounds that only courts, not regulatory bodies, could create such exemptions. The Supreme Court will now hear this case as well. Howard Slugh comments:

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The Sinister Attacks on Israeli Offers of Aid to Lebanon

Aug. 10 2020

“The only encouraging thing” about the deadly explosion in Beirut, wrote the former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt on Twitter, “is that even Israel has been quick in offering humanitarian aid.” Had Bildt been better informed, he might have known that there is nothing new or unusual about the Jewish state offering humanitarian assistance to its Arab neighbors—or to more far-flung nations. Yet his bizarre comment was less hostile than the reactions of those who rushed to dismiss the offer as a meaningless public-relations stunt. Lahav Harkov writes:

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