Letters, Oct. 1, 2015

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What makes ‘Jewish art’ Jewish? Jewish content
As a Judaic artist/designer, I find it sad that there are almost no Judaic art galleries that exhibit art of Jewish themes in a local Jewish community comprised of more than 100 congregations, five Jewish day schools and three JCCs (“What makes ‘Jewish’ art Jewish,” WJW, Sept. 17). Indeed, it is quite difficult to find any art galleries that feature quality professional art on Jewish themes. I find it very sad to also hear too often here and in many Jewish communities that “your art is too Jewish “or “Jewish themes are not our priority, but just Jews doing any secular art.”
Our committed leadership of our Jewish institutions needs to do far more work in guiding their cultural arts directors to do their part for Jewish continuity.
AVY ASHERY
Rockville

From washingtonjewishweek.com
Judge went too far in jailing Ky. clerk
Contrary to your editorial (“The meaning of religious freedom,” Editorial, WJW, Sept. 17), the real threat from the Kim Davis situation came from the judge who threw Davis in jail, usurping the people’s, the legislature’s and the executive’s authority over issues involving the performance of elected officials. As the editorial noted, we make work-arounds for conscientious objectors. Those work-arounds are the job of the chief executive and/or the legislature. Otherwise, it’s up to the voters.


Save us from judges running wild and making personnel decisions that put elected officials in jail. Judge David Bunning overreached and deserves to be subjected to impeachment proceedings for illegally rushing to judgment.

This stuff is complicated. The Founders foresaw conflicts when they wrote Article 6 of the Constitution — the Supremacy Clause — which is taught to every high school sophomore. Article 6 (a) tells all elected officials at all levels to hold the federal law as supreme when local and state laws conflict, and (b) tells us all that there shall be no religious tests for holding office. We have been hectored about “the rule of law” being the “only issue in this matter. Well, not quite. When the law conflicts with one’s religious beliefs, we owe all citizens, even office holders, the right to a work-around that accommodates individual’s rights versus society’s needs as enacted in law.

https://www.washingtonjewishweek.com/enewsletter/

Finally, speaking of the Supremacy Clause, how did we ever come to a time when state and local laws like sanctuary cities and legalizing pot trump federal law? That, in my opinion, is what should be taking up our time — not tossing an elected marriage clerk in jail.
STEVE BASHEIN
Potomac

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