First Amendment Does Not Protect Criminal Activities By Staff At Religious Organizations, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Joins Legal Brief In Sex-Abuse Case Before Nevada Supreme Court

December 14, 2009

The First Amendment’s religious liberty provisions do not shield houses of worship from liability when their staff members or volunteers commit crimes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Nevada Supreme Court.

Americans United and several other organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Dec. 11 in Nevada’s top court asserting that point.

The case in question, Ramani v. Segelstein, deals with a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a cantor at her synagogue after a service. When she reported the assault to the head rabbi, he allegedly ignored the complaint and proceeded to solicit her for sexual favors.

“The principle of religious liberty must not be sullied by making it a shield for criminal activity,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The First Amendment was never intended to be interpreted that way.”

To see the rest of the news release, go to:

Submitted by Andrea Moore Emmett, author of God’s Brothel



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah on December 16, 2009 at 1:05 am

    The Chabad ultra Orthodox case in Las Vegas, has a sex conviction. Interesting how they write “alleged” with a criminal conviction in the case. Anything to protect the perpetrator.
    It was our understanding that inside of The America Judaical system a criminal convicted in religious sex crimes abusers state alleged?

    The alleged Honorable “Judge Timothy Williams” an alleged Mormon and alleged Racist and alleged child and woman abuser. Who forced a Mother and her child to pay for the perpetrators legal defense. Punished the victim of the sex crime who came close to death by hours. By forcing the victims to pay for the convicted sex offender lawyers for the defendants and liens placed on the victims close to Two Hundred Thousand Dollars and interest each day.

    The victim is forced to be a slave and work like a dog for the sex crimes and hate committed upon her family for reporting clergy sex crimes.

    All to protect Clergy sex crimes..

    They call this America Justice for Clergy?


  2. Posted by TOBY on December 17, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Why did a Mormon Judge, punish a victim of a convicted sex offender and make her pay close to “Two Hundred Thousand Dollars” and a daily interest for reporting a sex crime and for putting a religious leader in jail and following threw with the conviction?

    Why is “Senator Harry Reid and son Rory Reid” devout Mormons there shareholder profits law firm “Lionel Sawyer and Collins” and they are the law firm in lead for the “Mormon Church Utah” profit and block all Federal Discovery Laws against the sex victim who came close to death by hours?

    The political secrets some do not know?


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