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BREAKING: Justice Department Sues Jackson Township Over Restrictions On Religious Schools And Housing That Target Orthodox Jewish Community

The Justice Department today announced that it filed a lawsuit against Jackson Township, New Jersey, and the township planning board alleging they implemented zoning ordinances that intentionally restrict the operation of religious schools and housing associated with such schools, including religious boarding schools known as yeshivas, required by the Orthodox Jewish community.

The complaint alleges that the township passed two ordinances, and the planning board applied those ordinances in a manner that discriminated against the Orthodox Jewish community, in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Both ordinances expressly prohibit dormitories throughout Jackson, making it impossible for religious boarding schools such as Orthodox Jewish yeshivas to establish there. Although Jackson passed these ordinances to prevent dormitories anywhere in Jackson, the planning board has since approved, without requiring a variance, the plans for two nonreligious projects with dormitory-type housing.

“Religious discrimination has no place in our society and runs counter to the founding principles of our nation,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. “No religious community should ever face unlawful barriers or be singled out for inferior treatment. This complaint reflects our continued commitment to combat discrimination and unequal treatment.”

“Using zoning laws to target Orthodox Jewish individuals for intentional discrimination and exclude them from a community is illegal and utterly incompatible with this Nation’s values,” Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said. “Let me be clear. The Department of Justice will use the full force of its authority to stop such anti-Semitic conduct and prevent its recurrence.”

The complaint also alleges that the township and planning board enacted the ordinances with respect to religious dormitories against a backdrop of extreme animus by Jackson residents and township decision makers toward the Orthodox Jewish community and a movement by residents to keep Orthodox Jewish community members from settling in Jackson. The complaint alleges that the township and planning board’s actions towards the Orthodox Jewish community violate RLUIPA’s non-discrimination and equal terms provisions, as well as the FHA.

RLUIPA is a federal law that protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. In June 2018, the Justice Department announced its Place to Worship Initiative, which focuses on RLUIPA’s provisions that protect the rights of houses of worship and other religious institutions to worship on their land. More information is available at www.justice.gov/crt/placetoworship

In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced the formation of the Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force brings together department components to coordinate their work on religious liberty litigation and policy, and to implement the Attorney General’s 2017 Religious Liberty Guidance.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination in land use or zoning decisions may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Hotline at (855) 281-3339 or the Civil Rights Division Housing and Civil Enforcement Section at (800) 896-7743, or through the U.S. Attorney’s civil rights complaint portal or the complaint portal on the Place to Worship Initiative website. Information about RLUIPA, including questions and answers about the law and other documents, may be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/hce/rluipaexplain.php

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Horan Florio of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Unit, and Trial Attorney Beth Frank, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section.

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There are 9 Comments to "BREAKING: Justice Department Sues Jackson Township Over Restrictions On Religious Schools And Housing That Target Orthodox Jewish Community"

  • mighty max says:

    reshoim!!

  • samaa says:

    Reina should resign..its his mess

  • BOOM says:

    They already had their chance.

    They are so imbued with Anti-Jew hatred that all their brains are indelibly poisoned. At least enough so that they did not have the common sense to know that this was inevitable.

    They could resign but they will likely be found guilty in any case, of at least an abuse of power or hopefully a Federal criminal violation of other’s Constitutional rights.

    IMHO they should all be locked up and fined up the gazoo. They will all go broke from legal fees and I’m sure that the taxpayers will also get soaked.

    The ones that voted for these Jew-hating psychos and with their dirty bag of tricks will make all the people of Jackson suffer.

    I hope they pay big time. The Dep’t of Justice is finally starting to play it straight and I hope the demonic morons get squeezed for all they’re worth..

    Goodbye and good riddance.

  • Where is grewel says:

    Not a peeps from grewel, we need the Fed’s to investigate him

    • Moshe says:

      The laws that were broken were federal, not state, laws

    • BOOM says:

      Grewal has been AWOL. In any case, he has no jurisdiction in Constitutional cases.

      • Wait a minute... says:

        Ummm… they also may be guilty of local laws like trespassing, but good luck with townships, counties, and states. In Jackson they are bought and sold with judicial delegates.

  • Chaim says:

    Toms River is also to restrictive on lot requirements for shuls and yeshivas

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