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Church and State

Read the latest updates and learn more about the importance of the separation of church and state through a Reform Jewish perspective.

Church and State

Supporting the Johnson Amendment
Group of interfaith leaders on Capitol Hill delivery letter

For more than 50 years, a crucial provision, known as the “Johnson Amendment,” has safeguarded the integrity of both religious institutions and the political process through protecting the separation of church and state. Any effort to weaken or repeal the prohibition on partisan politicking undermines synagogue’s independence and the First Amendment principle of religious freedom and must be opposed.

Separation and Establishment Issues

These key church-and-state issues deal with the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Learn more about these issues — and the policies that govern them — from a Reform Jewish perspective.

Free Exercise & Religious Liberty

Learn more about Reform Movement positions relating to the free exercise of religion in the United States, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.