Government Shouldn’t Be Responsible for Keeping Politics away from the Pulpit

A few weeks ago, the White House encouraged federal agencies to be less than zealous about enforcing the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 piece of legislation that forbids non-profit organizations from advocating political or policy positions lest they lose their tax-exempt status or even be prosecuted for tax fraud. Mitchell Rocklin argues that Jews of all denominations should encourage the law’s repeal:

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More about: American Judaism, American politics, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Rabbis, Religion & Holidays

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war