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Faith Groups Urge Prisons to Protect Religious Needs During COVID-19 and Ramadan

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined a group of 20 faith groups urging federal and state prison systems to accommodate the religious needs of all prisoners and avoid using the coronavirus crisis to restrict their constitutional right to worship, particularly drawing attention to the needs of Muslim prisoners with Ramadan projected to begin on April 24. The full letter is attached.

Amicus Brief Opposing Religious Exemption to Antidiscrimination Law: Chelsea Nelson Photography

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We have joined a brief opposing a religious exemption to an antidiscrimination law protecting LGBTQ people. Based on our belief in the importance of the separation of church and state, as well as our understanding of Jewish teachings that every human being is created in the divine image, we have long advocated for public policies of inclusion, antidiscrimination, and equality.

Amicus Brief Opposing Forcing States to Fund Religious Education

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Reconstructing Judaism joined an amicus curiae brief arguing against forcing states to fund religious education in violation of state constitutional provisions that are designed to protect the independence of religious groups.

Letter in Opposition to "US Commission on Unalienable Rights"

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Reconstructing Judaism joined 430 human rights, civil rights, faith, and professional organizations, leaders, and scholars in an open letter expressing deep concern about the State Department’s recently announced Commission on Unalienable Rights. The signers object to the Commission’s stated purpose, which they believe is harmful to the global effort to protect the rights of all peopl

Letter to Tennessee Legislation on Child Welfare

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were signatories to a letter objecting to the Tennessee legislature’s proposed legislation that would allow federally funded foster care and adoption agencies to practice taxpayer-funded religious discrimination against potential adoptive and foster parents.

Letter on Religious Discrimination in Foster Care

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined more than 100 organizations in protest of the recent decision to exempt federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina from federal religious nondiscrimination protections.

Amicus Brief: EEOC vs. Harris Funeral Homes

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RRC/JRC and the RRA joined this brief in opposition to the asserted right of a for-profit employer to fire a transgender female employee based on religious beliefs about sex roles and gender identity.

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