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In Changing Cultural and Legal Landscape, RCA Determined to Preserve Religious Liberty for All

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Jan 30, 2017 -- Determined to “vigorously protect and support its members' religious freedom and responsibility to practice, openly teach, and publicly defend Orthodox Jewish principles” in a period of rapid and uncertain legal and cultural change, the 1000 members of the Rabbinical Council of America have adopted a resolution asserting that it will expand its efforts to support other religious groups in exercising their freedom of religion, and that it will continue to support amicus legal briefs to preserve religious liberty.

The rabbis note that in recent years, certain cultural practices “are quickly evolving from advocacy for legal recognition to the application of coercive measures that may compel many religious Americans and Canadians to violate their religious principles.” The rabbis will therefore continue to advocate (here, here, here, here, and here) and file amicus briefs (here) in order to prevent or overturn legislation forcing religious people to violate their religious principles.

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