Category Archive for: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Constitutional Freedoms in the Age of Cybertechnology

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  • Posted on February 18, 2002

Introduction:  The issue of hate crimes and the internet was selected in February 2000 for an in-depth JCPA review because it juxtaposes two central interests of the Jewish community: our interest in combating anti-Semitism, hate speech and violence; and our strong commitment to free speech, individual rights and privacy.  Between February 2000 and June 2001,…



Civil Liberties Issues Raised by War on Terrorism

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  • Posted on February 18, 2002

    The events of September 11th shocked our nation and shattered our sense of security.  Americans learned that day that terrorism is not a threat distant in time or place, but a present reality.    As Jews, we understand the need to combat terrorism aggressively and to provide law enforcement with the tools to…



Regarding Athletic Team Names, Mascots, and Logos

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

Jews for millennia have been subjected to racial and religious discrimination and know well the painful impact of spoken, written and pictorial epithets, caricatures, and stereotypes. One of the lessons of our history is that words do, indeed cause harm and that name-calling can lead directly or indirectly to acts of violence. Moreover, stereotyping affects…



Racial Profiling by Police Departments

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

Recent months have witnessed an increased level of distress by minority communities throughout the country and people of many backgrounds concerned about human rights, over the practice of racial profiling by police departments or other agencies. This practice continues to victimize many innocent people, making our neighbors of color often feel like strangers in their…



Confederate Flag

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

It is our profound hope that the people of South Carolina will come to the conclusion that the flying of the Confederate flag is a divisive symbol, offensive to citizens of all backgrounds – and that it should be removed from atop the state capitol. South Carolina has a proud and a distinguished heritage. The…



Opposing Passage of a Flag Desecration Amendment

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  • Posted on June 23, 1997

The American flag is among the most important symbols of our freedoms. It stands for the rights which we cherish, among the most precious of which are those protected by the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. Freedom of speech – which protects the right to speak our political views no matter how unpopular they…



Statement on Homosexuals in the Military

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  • Posted on February 15, 1993

American democracy is predicated on the premise that every person is entitled to equality of rights, justice, and opportunity.   This core principle informs our deeply-held position in opposition to discrimination based on race religion, national origin, gender, handicap, and sexual orientation in the work-place, public accommodation, housing, education, and other public- and private-sector settings.…



Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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  • Posted on September 21, 1992

A fundamental teaching of our tradition is that each human being is created in the image of the Almighty. Deriving from this central teaching is the premise that a society that is committed to equal rights, justice, and opportunity is one that is most conducive to Jewish security and creative Jewish life.   This core…