Religious liberty visions collide as Orthodox Jewish group pans Tennessee Jewish foster parents’ lawsuit

Contributed photo / Knox County couple Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram allege a publicly funded Christian child-placement agency refused to serve them because they are Jewish — and that a new Tennessee law permitting the policy violates their constitutional rights.

A national group representing Orthodox Jewish rabbis this week attacked a court decision permitting a Knox County Jewish couple to proceed in a high-profile lawsuit against the state.