Category Archive for: American Government and Pluralistic Democracy

Elections

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The cornerstone of democracy is the election process.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs recognizes that Jewish security is linked inexorably to the strength of democratic institutions and that the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill…



Birthright Citizenship

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The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirmed the concept of birthright citizenship, i.e., determining a person’s citizenship by place of birth.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they…



Freedom of Expression/Defamation of Religion

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  There is an international movement to restrict, and in some cases criminalize, speech that is deemed critical or “defamatory” of religions.  The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has been advancing this initiative in successive resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the GA, and it has emerged as…



PROTECTING PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

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  The success of pluralistic democracy in America and the success of Jews and other religious minorities within this society are directly linked to the strength of our democratic institutions and Constitutional freedoms including religion and speech.  The JCPA mission statement concludes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to…



Voting Rights

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The achievement of a government that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of its people is possible only through maximum citizen participation in the electoral process. No right is more central to the function of a democracy than voting and, as such, the Voting Rights Act remains one of the most important pieces of…



SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE

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As Jews, members of a religious minority within the United States, we are particularly sensitive to the relationship between religion and state in this nation. The American tradition of religious freedom has enabled the Jewish community to flourish in the most religiously pluralistic nation in history.  The First Amendment’s guarantees of the free exercise of…



Court Stripping

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  Members of Congress have periodically sought to remove jurisdiction and discretion from the federal courts after unpopular rulings on issues such as school desegregation, the draft, Miranda warnings, school prayer, and abortion.  This trend towards attempting to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction has continued with the introduction of legislations that would deny the…



OPPOSITION TO MAKING PERMANENT THE RECENT FEDERAL TAX CUTS

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  As Jews and Americans, we are committed to aiding members of our community in need through the work of our synagogues, CRCs and other private organizations, while relying on our federal government to ensure that it has the fiscal means to meet the needs of all its citizens.  To feed the hungry, clothe the…



THE RULE OF LAW

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  The JCPA mission statement recognizes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to The Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.” An important national conversation continues about…



Careful Consideration of Judicial Nominees

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The United States has long taken pride in its independent judiciary. The judicial branch of the federal government is responsible for the administration of justice through conducting civil and criminal trials and handling appeals and plays a critical role in interpreting our laws and deciding whether they are constitutional. Our cohesion as a nation depends…