U.S. House Passes Religious Freedom Bill Protecting Bris Milah, Shechitah

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The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill expanding the protection offered by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include male circumcision and ritual animal slaughter.

“The world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of international religious freedom, a crisis that continues to create millions of victims; a crisis that undermines liberty, prosperity and peace; a crisis that poses a direct challenge to the U.S. interests in the Middle East, Russia, China, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere,” U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), author of the bill, said in a statement.

Smith’s statement was titled “Combating Persecution of Christians and Anti-Semitism,” conveying that the purpose of his bill is to protect Christians and Jews. The bill will also protect Muslims who perform circumcision and ritual slaughter in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Myanmar.

The fundamental Jewish rites of bris milah and shechita have been increasingly challenged by political leaders and activists in Europe.




  1. Good to protect Muslims along with Jews. Halal and shechita are basically identical and we both circumcize our male children.

  2. But Charlie, Chris Smith is an evil white Republican. How can you possibly agree with him? He must have some anti Semetic motivation. He probably just wants to convert all Jews to Christianity.

    • Have decency shipper. The world sees that the voices of the logical are meant in a future where we have a pluralistic nation. Those who are Eager Democrats can praise the righteous work of the Republicans any time is it added. No one wants a marxist dream of hate in America. Give your shipping hate to our fame a break. We need a pluralistic nation but we do watch out for men who are hateful like Trump. He scares our mothers and we should not look for him to be anything other than one who will have more chaotic hate. Think like a jew. Thanks.

  3. The necessity for such a law, testifies to the death of the Constitution. Constitution already has religious freedom clearly spoken out; in the normal world, the clearly stated constitutional right would be enough. However, we live in the age of judicial tyranny, were the word of the law means nothing, were the activist judges create their own laws by the creative interpretation as opposed to sticking with the actual law as it was passed by the representatives of the people. Therefore, if the Constitution is not powerful enough, how would this law can ever hope to achieve the desired effect?! How can we call ourselves a representative democracy, if whatever laws(including clearly stated articles of the Constitution) our representatives pass are subject to mutilation by the 9 non elected lawyers?!


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