The Price of Pluralism

Depending on circumstances, American Jews should be prepared to cede some religious-liberty protections in the name of pluralism and anti-discrimination.

Rabbi Seth Limmer at the Chicago Sinai Congregation on July 21, 2015. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images.

Rabbi Seth Limmer at the Chicago Sinai Congregation on July 21, 2015. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images.

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Aug. 20 2015
About the author

Michael A. Helfand is an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and associate director of Pepperdine’s Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies.


In “The Decline—and Fall?—of Religious Freedom in America,” Bruce Abramson argues that religious liberty in this country is under attack—and that, although the first targets have been Christian employers and business owners, it may be only a matter of time before the religious practices of American Jews, including ritual slaughter and circumcision, come under similarly hostile scrutiny.

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