Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Reform in action

How much of a difference is there between the ACLU and the Reform movement?

The Reform movement expressed great concern over reports the Bush administration authorized domestic eavesdropping of American citizens without court approval.
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, said Monday that the administration had circumvented safeguards designed to ensure civil liberties in times of national security.
Throughout the centuries, Jewish communities have known the consequences of unchecked government power, Saperstein said. For this reason, the Reform Jewish movement now calls on Congress to assert its role in the ingenious system of checks and balances established by our founding fathers through full and fair hearings on the administrations use of domestic spying.

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
The scientific theory of evolution is being challenged in public schools and in our courts by those seeking to tear down the wall of separation between church and state by enshrining one religious view into public school curricula. This campaign is dangerous, especially to those who cherish true religious liberty. We, therefore, applaud today’s District Court decision reaffirming the First Amendment and welcome the Court’s acknowledgment that evolutionary theory does not negate the existence of God. As the Court rightly held, intelligent design, also known as creationism, is not science; it is religion. The Dover School District’s effort to advance religion by teaching creationism in public schools was a disservice to its students and to all of us.

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