New York targeting Orthodox Jews for discrimination

Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-SemitismAfter Orthodox Jews were targeted for religious discrimination in the Village of Airmont, New York, people across the nation who meet in homes with others to worship for any reason should be concerned.

First Liberty Institute has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several residents – including three Orthodox Jewish rabbis – alleging that the Village of Airmont has engaged in systematic discrimination forcing Orthodox Jewish residents to practice their faith in hiding in a deliberate effort to dissuade them from staying in or moving to Airmont.

First Liberty Institute attorney Keisha Russell argues that Orthodox Jews’ freedom to worship and live out their faith protected by the United States Constitution has been violated in the Empire State.

"What we've uncovered in our investigation is that not only are the zoning codes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of this Jewish community, but the application process is that they put these residents through is a really drawn-out, long, lengthy process," Russell divulged in a First Liberty press release.

One of First Liberty's clients has spent more than $40,000 and still has not received approval.

"I think it would be hard to say that that's not a substantial burden on somebody's religious exercise," Russell contended. "When you think about the government regulating how you use your home, that affects everyone, and how you use your home for religious purposes is something that many Americans can identify with – Christians, Jews, everybody – so you should be concerned about what's happening in the Village of Airmont.”

First Liberty's lawsuit is filed in the southern district of New York.

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