Faith Commons

By Rabbi Nancy Kasten

The combination of two recent Supreme Court rulings—one allowing public funds to be allocated to parochial schools and the other shielding religious institutions from anti-discrimination lawsindicates the growing impact of a religious ideology that is neither democratic nor inclusive.

To be sure, SCOTUS recently made decisions protecting LGBTQ workers and access to abortion, disappointing many religious conservatives. Nonetheless, the wall of separation between church and state is tumbling down as over two hundred federal judges appointed by the Trump administration prescribe and circumscribe religious freedom in our nation. The President and Senate rejoice as judicial appointees live out their faith on the bench, fulfilling campaign promises to prominent Conservative Christian groups.

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