Denise Wager | November 26, 2020
Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative has filed three amicus briefs, including one at the U.S. Supreme Court, representing Muslim organizations and scholars in defense of Jewish groups who have been shut down by discriminatory COVID-19 closures in New York City.
The first brief was filed on October 22 in New York federal court in support of an Orthodox Jewish girl’s school. The second brief was filed on October 26 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Orthodox Jewish synagogues. The Religious Liberty Initiative filed a third brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on November 17 also in support of Orthodox Jewish synagogues, and restrictions on in-person attendance at worship services.
The amicus briefs provide historical context for ways in which the government has scapegoated religious minorities during times of uncertainty or crisis. It cautions that New York is following that troubling pattern with its recent COVID-19 policies explicitly singling out Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods for disfavored treatment.
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