Catalyst July/August Issue 1999
The Catholic League has signed on to an amicus brief filed by the Becket Fund in the case of Kiryas Joel.
About 45 miles northwest of New York City lies the village of Kiryas Joel, a community of Satmar Hasidic Jews. At issue is whether this religiously- streamlined community can maintain its own school district for disabled children. It is the position of the Catholic League that fundamental religious liberties are at stake and that is why we are supporting this Orthodox Jewish sect.
On June 21, the Supreme Court blocked implementation of a New York State court order that would have closed the school district. The high court will decide in the fall whether to grant full review of this case.