The Supreme Court Is More Friendly to Religious Freedom Than Ever—and Not Just Because of Conservative Justices

April 20 2021

According to a recent study, since John Roberts became chief justice the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious-liberty advocates in 81 percent of the cases it has heard—compared to a rate of about of 50 percent since the 1950s. The shift has much to do with the presence of such justices as Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, who have an expansive view of First Amendment guarantees, but is not due to them alone, as Kelsey Dallas explains:

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More about: American law, Elena Kagan, Freedom of Religion, Supreme Court

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer