From the news page (via my RSS feed) Jewish school loses discrimination appeal : Interfaith . I've been following this case since the charges were first brought against JFS. I, as a Jew who doesn't hold to Orthodox halachah, have considered this a terribly misguided ruling by the British courts that sets a very bad precedent. As I see it, it applies a Christological understanding of what makes a religion to Judaism and denies the right of Jewish people to define for themselves what makes someone Jewish. I don't see what denying this student entry has to do with racism at all. It's more like if in the US citizenship was granted on a state level and some states were more stringent than others in granting it. Some states recognized citizenship from other states. Some states denied citizenship from other states. If a person became the citizen of a less stringent state and then sought some service from a state that did not consider them a citizen, we would not call that racism nor would I find it problematic that the state with more stringent requirements denied them that service (this is assuming that the service isn't related to the preservation of life or some other basic human right that applied in that state to non-citizens). I don't disapprove of their new policy for admissions ( JFS - Admissions ) but I don't think that as a private school they should be forced by the courts to accept it in place of their old one. I don't know if they can continue to appeal the ruling. If they can, I hope the appeal succeeds. If they can't, I hope this precedent doesn't ever come to effect US law. What are all of your thoughts?