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Reform Jewish Leader Welcomes Supreme Court’s Unanimous Affirmation of Religious Liberty
In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court voted today to uphold a federal law guaranteeing religious liberty for any person residing in or confined to an institution, such as a prison. Upholding the longstanding, constitutionally protected right to the free exercise of religion, the Court supported the religious liberty claims made by inmates at an Ohio state prison under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA), passed in 2000.

Saperstein: After setting an uncertain course on religious liberty issues in recent years, it is reassuring that, in today’s decision upholding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA), the Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to the principles of religious liberty which are the bedrock of our constitutional freedoms.

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WASHINGTON May 31, 2005 - In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court voted today to uphold a federal law guaranteeing religious liberty for any person residing in or confined to an institution, such as a prison. Upholding the longstanding, constitutionally protected right to the free exercise of religion, the Court supported the religious liberty claims made by inmates at an Ohio state prison under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA), passed in 2000. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement responding to the decision:

    After setting an uncertain course on religious liberty issues in recent years, it is reassuring that, in today’s decision upholding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act (RLUIPA), the Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to the principles of religious liberty which are the bedrock of our constitutional freedoms.

    As Justice Ginsburg noted in her opinion for the Court, “RLUIPA is the latest of long-running congressional efforts to accord religious exercise heightened protection from government-imposed burdens, consistent with this Court’s precedents.” We agree wholeheartedly, and are proud both to have participated as an amicus in this important case and to have played a central role in the passage of RLUIPA in 2000.

    As Jews, we have long shared in America's unparalleled tradition of religious freedom. After centuries of harassment and persecution in every corner of the globe, we understand and appreciate the tremendous gift that America's tradition of religious freedom has been to people of faith for more than two centuries. RLUIPA renews our commitment to our nation’s founding promise to protect the rights of religious expression from undue state interference.

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 The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis. 


 



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