Religious Intolerance Shatters First Amendment Rights

Antonette Summerville, Op-Ed Writer

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  America, a land of religious freedom, had its deadliest anti-Semitic attack in its history, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There are 11 confirmed deaths and 6 injuries, police included.

  The Tree of Life shooting on Oct. 27, 2018 is only one instance of aggressive intolerance towards minority groups developing within the blind spots of U.S. citizens.

  The First Amendment fails to be respected, highlighting problems with the relationship between the Constitution and American citizens. “Policymakers need to make sure we are protecting people and treating everyone fairly, but incidents like that show an issue with protecting freedom of religion,” expresses Vice Principal Aaron Gildengorin, whose father was Jewish.

  Since he has ancestors who fell victim to the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is heartbreaking for him to see the Jewish community attacked again.

  President Donald Trump appeared at the synagogue and commented that there “should have been an armed guard,” but no one should need weapons present to practice their faith because they fear persecution.

   Gildengorin asserts, “as an educator, I wish we lived in a world free of prejudice of any kind whether its religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

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Religious Intolerance Shatters First Amendment Rights