February 13, 2017 | By Kylie Larkin — An op-ed by professor Michael Helfand, titled “Judge Gorsuch Will be Good on Religious Liberties — Which Will be Good for the Jews,” has been published by The Forward. The article considers several religious liberty opinions by Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Excerpt from “Judge Gorsuch Will be Good on Religious Liberties — Which Will be Good for the Jews”:
Judicial humility when it comes to religion — that is, the willingness to apply the law to religious claims without appraising their theological value — is a task where other judges sometimes fail. And it is a particularly important character trait for religious minorities, who need courts to enforce their religious rights even where they might be unfamiliar or when they might elicit disapproval. Indeed, with widespread concerns over the current administration’s treatment of Muslims, the nomination of Gorsuch provides a much needed assurance that on the highest court of the land, there will likely be a new Justice who takes the religious claims and concerns of faith communities seriously, backing them with the full force of the law.
The complete article may be found at forward.com