An American court of appeals has ruled in a split decision against the right of Jews to post the traditional mezuzah on the doorposts of a condominium apartment if the bylaws of the building prohibit signs and objects on outside doors.The case revolves around a family whose mezuzahs were removed from the door post while they were attending the father's funeral. The family was suing for damages, following the passage of a city law that allowed religious displays on doors.
The court opinion states that the condo by-law was neutral in respect to religion--nothing was allowed on the doors, including political posters and family pictures.
Just how neutral the by-law was intended to be may be open to interpretation. The dissenting judge pointed out that the by-law effectively prevented Orthodox Jews from moving in.
More to the point:
In her dissenting opinion, Judge Wood noted that the condominium association's brief charged that the Bloch family was trying to get a "pound of flesh" from the group. She pointed out that the phrase appears in a literary work by Shakespeare and refers to the character Shylock, a moneylender who was punished by being forced to convert to Christianity.Maybe they're just really big fans of Shakespeare??
"This is hardly the reference someone should choose who is trying to show that the stand-off ... was not because of the Blochs' religion, but rather in spite of it," she wrote.
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