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Defending Religious Freedom in Dallas and in New York

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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Liberty Institute won another victory in an ongoing national battle against hostility toward local houses of worship.

At a hearing for a motion for summary judgment, Collin County District Court Judge Jill Willis ruled that members of a small Orthodox Jewish community have a right to continue meeting in a far north Dallas, Texas home for private worship.

Rabbi Yaakov Rich is hopeful that Congregation Toras Chaim will no longer face hostility in the neighborhood home where the Orthodox Jews peacefully meet.

“We are thankful that this distressing season has ended with a favorable ruling, protecting our right to worship” said Rabbi Rich.  “I am incredibly grateful that Liberty Institute successfully defended our case, and that the law has upheld our right to live out our faith within our homes.  I pray that today marks the beginning of a new era of tolerance and peace in our community.”

“We are grateful that the District Court upheld these members’ religious liberty rights,” said Justin Butterfield, Liberty Institute’s Senior Counsel and Director of Research and Education.  “We are thankful that these Jewish families will no longer be under attack for exercising their right to worship God as prescribed by the tenets of their faith.”Read_More_button