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ADL welcomed Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of legislation that would have been a harmful attack on civil rights. The state's so-called “religious freedom” bill, driven by opponents of marriage equality, would have provided a legal defense to individuals and businesses who claimed that a “sincerely held religious belief” required them to discriminate.
The Interfaith Coalition on Mosques filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of a Muslim congregation in Bridgewater, New Jersey whose mosque construction was unlawfully blocked by a town ordinance. ADL said that the town's actions "represent an unjustifiable denial of the congregation’s right to worship freely.”
"Svoboda has been disciplined in its messaging regarding Jews since the Maidan demonstrations started in November, but they have a history of anti-Semitic statements to overcome, and a clear political program of ethnic nationalism that makes Jews nervous."
Andrew Srulevitch, ADL Director of European Affairs, from an article in Reuters on Ukraine and the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party.
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