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Orthodox Jewish Group Announces Major Push For School Aid In New York

A prominent group of Orthodox Jews announced recently that it will lobby legislators in New York to increase taxpayer funding for Jewish educa­tional institutions–even though this raises some serious constitu­tional concerns.

According to the Jewish Daily Forward, at the Orthodox Union’s (OU) an­nual conference in December, Execu­tive Vice President Allen Fagin cited the financial burden imposed by private school tuition as a reason for the move. Read more

Going (For The) Green: Religious Lobbies Are Hot For Climate-Change Subsidies

What do federal energy policy and church-state separation have in common?

Apparently more than you might think. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that allotted some hefty benefits to religious groups.

The measure, which was approved 219-212, included a provision that would provide subsidies to "faith-based" organizations and other non-profits to cover of up to 50 percent of the cost of retrofitting their energy systems. Read more