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What Rabbi Moline forgot

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03.07.2021

Rabbi Jack Moline, who is the Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance, a group which celebrates religious freedom, has written a featured post with a rather unwieldy title: “The unconstitutional bigotry of a religious test for Dilawar Syed”. The gist of the post is that Dilawar Syed, whom the Biden administration has nominated to be deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, allegedly faces problems in being confirmed by the Senate because he is a Muslim. I say “allegedly,” because nowhere in his post does the Rabbi identify the Republican senators who are supposedly expressing concerns about the nomination, nor does he provide any link to the email in which those concerns were supposedly expressed.

Rabbi Moline tells us that he knows Mr. Syed personally, and he can vouch for the fact that he is a very nice man. And he quite correctly cites Article VI of the Constitution, which states in relevant part: “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Nothing could be clearer; the fact that Mr. Syed is Muslim cannot in any way disqualify him from holding any office in the federal government.

What is rather startling about the Rabbi’s post is........

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