Capitol Hill's new favorite buzzword affecting Jewish politics
The Fight Over Family Values
by James D. Besser
When a major education authorization bill began working its way through Congress this year, conservative lawmakers introduced provisions making it easier for states to develop their own school voucher programs.
Jewish groups quickly staked out competing positions. And both sides quickly played their trump card: families, Capitol Hill’s favorite buzzword.
Bill could free churches and synagogues to endorse candidates for public office without jeopardizing their tax-free status.
James D. Besser
Too Close For Comfort?
A bill currently working its way through the House could free churches and synagogues to endorse candidates for public office without jeopardizing their tax-free status.
Thanks, but no thanks, say Jewish groups.
Across the spectrum, Jewish leaders say the “House of Worship Political Speech Protection Act” crosses dangerous church-state lines and could put clergy under enormous pressure to get more involved in the partisan fray than they want to be.
The leading activist in the fight to make the U.S. military live up to constitutional church-state protections is glad the Pentagon has decided not to allow an Air Force “flyover” as part the annual God and Country Festival in Nampa, Idaho – the first time military authorities have denied the sponsoring group’s request in 42 years.
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