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Posted by on Jul 11, 2008 in Religion | 20 comments

No Mezuzot Means No Observant Jews

The 7th Circuit has held that a condo association rule which prevents Jews from putting up Mezuzot does not violate the Fair Housing Act. The opinion and dissent are here, my thoughts on the case are here.

The rule, of course, was defended on the grounds that it was “neutral” (it banned all objects on doors, not just Mezuzot). I just call that a data point for the insufficiency of “neutrality” to protect religious liberty for minority faiths in America.

On the other hand, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to discuss the decision: both the author of the majority and dissenting opinions teach at Chicago law school.

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