News/Policy

The Kentucky and Texas Ten Commandments Cases

Theodore R. Mann The following piece is an opinion piece written by JSPAN board member Theodore Mann. We would like to get some feedback from our members, board members, and friends of JSPAN about how you feel on this issue! Please feel free to respond to this issue using the new feature on our website. For more information about how to respond, view the Help page on our website. The JSPAN board will address this issue at our upcoming July board meeting.

Air Force Academy Issue

These are worrisome times for those of us who believe that the separation of church and state is a precious gift given to all Americans by the founding fathers, assuring the protection of both religion and government, and resulting in the most religiously pluralistic nation in the democratic world.

JSPAN's First Annual Meeting was held on May 25

Ted Mann, Cedric Harmon, Jeff Pasek, Barry UngarJSPAN's annual meeting took place at the Wachovia Building, and was well-attended by a mix of JSPAN members and friends. The keynote speaker was Reverend Cedric Harmon, Associate Director for Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State (In photo at left: Rev. Harmon, second from left, with JSPAN Board Members Ted Mann, President Jeff Pasek and Barry Ungar). He delivered a powerful speech about the Kitzmiller case in Dover Township, in York County, PA where science teachers were required to read their students a disclaimer about evolution as merely a "theory."

A 2nd Scopes Trial in Our Backyard

Reverend Harmon Speech by Reverend Cedric Harmon 25, May 2005 Jewish Social Policy Action Network Annual Meeting Wachovia Building, Philadelphia, PA “Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Save the Date! !! September 21st!

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, JSPAN will honor Burt Siegel with the first Social Justic Award. Larry Rubin will address us. Plan to join us at the Pyramid Club for a wonderful and reunion with Larry and other great friends. Invitations will be mailed in August. Continuing checking our website for the most up to date information.

Resolution Approved at JSPAN Annual Meeting

At the May 25 annual meeting, our church-state policy panel will seek your input regarding the priorities described in the attached Draft Resolution

Britain's Higher Education Union Boycotts Two Leading Israeli Universities

The leading union of British lecturers has decided to impose an academic boycott on two Israeli universities - Bar-Ilan and Haifa - on the grounds of what the Association of University Teachers defines as their collaboration with the crimes of the occupation.

State-Funded Emergency Food Will Be Cut $2.5 Million Under Rendell Plan

Food bankers and emergency food program managers are reacting sharply to the Rendell Administration’s plan to cut $2,450,000 from the State’s emergency food distribution program. The cut – if adopted by the General Assembly – would reduce the state-funded food supply by over 14 percent.

JSPAN's Death Penalty Policy Center Presents "Live From Death Row" at Drexel University Hillel

On April 20, 2005, JSPAN's Death Penalty Policy Center presented a program on the death penalty hosted by Drexel University Hillel. The program, which (defying the laws of economics) included a free lunch, featured remarks from Stuart B. Lev, Esquire, and William Nieves. Mr. Lev is an attorney with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which represents death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings and appeals. He spoke about the harsh realities that confront defendants facing capital charges and convictions.

A Pesky Little Matter of Jewish Values

Or why Jewish liberals won't be swept into the dustbin of history Moment Magazine, April 2005 Opinion by Leonard Fein "From all the talk, you’d think the American Jewish community is suffering from a case of acute conservatization. At long last, the illiberals say, America’s Jews have seen the error of their ways. True, their voting has not yet quite caught up with their belated recognition of their personal interest, but the day draws nigh. Soon the trivial association of liberalism with Judaism will be swept into the dustbin of history.
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