The article in question deals specifically with to resistance to allowing Jews to display a mezuzah on the door to their homes. But at the very end of the article is reference to a piece of legislation introduced in Congress. Look for two shocking facts here.
In 2008 [Rep. Jerrold Nadler] introduced The Freedom of Religious Expression in the Home Act.
The summary of this act states that it: "Makes it unlawful to establish a rule or policy that prevents a person from displaying, on the basis of that person's religious belief, a religious symbol, object, or sign on the door, doorpost, entrance, or otherwise on the exterior of that person's dwelling, or that is visible from the exterior of that dwelling, unless the rule or policy is reasonable and is necessary to prevent significant damage to property, physical harm to persons, a public nuisance, or similar undue hardship."
Unfortunately on September 17, 2008 it was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary where it has languished ever since. The condominium owners in Stratford have reminded us that this bill now needs to become a law.
What do I find shocking?
First, that we would need legislation to protect our right to exercise our religion in our own homes here in America, a country where religious freedom is a hallmark of our identity.
Second, that such legislation would be referred to committee and never be enacted into law by our Congress..
And by the way, there is also a third thing which shocks me, but may not shock others because they donít recognize the significance of what they read. This bill to protect the rights of Americans to freely exercise their religion in their own homes was consigned to oblivion on the 221st anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.