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Pa. Jewish Family Center Of Viral Story About Canceled Christmas Play

A Jewish family in Pennsylvania became the focus of unwelcome attention after a Christmas play was canceled at their child’s school – and some people falsely blamed them.

The parents in September sought and were given permission for their fifth-grader to be excused from participating in a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster County had produced for at least two decades, according to the news websites Philly.com and LancasterOnline.com.

Homegrown Hate

Brussels. Istanbul. Ankara. Paris. San Bernardino. Beirut.

These cities are famous for their history and their culture. More recently, they’re also known for the suffering they’ve experienced at the hands of radicalized Muslims.

Terrorism by Islamic extremists is real, but the fringe of that faith holds no exclusive provenance on religiously motivated hate. The sad truth is that in the United States, domestic terrorists have bombed abortion clinics and LGBT-themed venues, murdered minorities and agitated for the overthrow of the federal government.

Indiana Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Struck Down, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins With Other Organizations In Filing Brief Before U.S. Appellate Court

Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it is anchored in religion, say Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied groups.
 
Americans United joined the Anti-Defamation League and 22 other religious and public policy groups in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Marriage Law Should Not Be Based On Theology, Americans United Tells Supreme Court

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Anti-Defamation League In Urging High Court To Affirm Secular Basis For Laws

Laws governing marriage in the United States should not reflect religious views because such rationales often evolve over time as attitudes change, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the U.S. Supreme Court.