Category religious freedom

Book Review: ‘Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today’ by Daniel Philpott

Review by Paul Marshall
In the West and elsewhere, views of Islam are sharply divided. To put the matter far too simply, one side describes Islam as a “religion of peace,” while the other contends that it is particularly disposed to violence. Similar strife occurs in debates about law, democracy, religious freedom, and other human rights in the Muslim-majority world. In Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today, Daniel Philpott avoids inflammatory labels like “Islamophobic,” instead framing the debate as a contest between “Islamopluralists” and “Islamoskeptics.”
Philpott, one of the world’s leading scholars of religion and politics (and especially of religious freedom), hopes that even if these arguments cannot be resolved, ...

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Brian C. Stiller Shares How the World Evangelical Alliance Champions Human Rights & Religious Freedom Within the United Nations

As I walked into the United Nations building in New York to meet Secretary General Antonio Guterres, I recalled a preacher who predicted that this world body was the coming world government, as he said had been prophesied in The Revelation.
Added to that ominous prediction of its coming role, many view the United Nations as deeply flawed: often biased in its analyses and lacking ability to muster sufficient authority to mediate armed conflicts, such as Rwanda. Particularly disturbing is its Human Rights Council, which is comprised of representatives from countries guilty of violating human-rights such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
Even so, this is what national governments turn to for help in times of humanitarian crises and military debacles flowing from its mandate to promote peace, justic...

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Russell Moore Denounces Islamic Court’s Ruling Against Christian Family in the US, Urges Pope Francis to Intervene

WASHINGTON (BP) — Southern Baptist religious freedom leader Russell Moore has denounced a ruling in a Middle Eastern Islamic court against a Christian family in the United States and urged Pope Francis to intervene in an upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates.
In a Jan. 22 opinion column for National Review, Moore — president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission — opposed the latest ruling in a sharia court in the UAE that has left an American widow and her daughters without an inheritance. Instead, an appeals court gave the inheritance to a Muslim woman who has been charged with crimes in Saudi Arabia.
The case is now before the Court of Cassation, a local version of the Supreme Court.
“The court’s decision will speak volumes about the discrimination that religious minorities ...

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WATCH: Liberty Counsel Defends Itself Against ‘False Reporting’ Suggesting That It Supports Lynching Homosexuals

A Christian legal defense group is pushing back against mainstream media coverage of its position on an anti-lynching bill, saying it is now receiving death threats because of the “false reporting.”

In an interview with OneNewsNow earlier this week, Mat Staver, who heads the religious liberty firm Liberty Counsel, explained that while no one can or should oppose a bill banning lynching, there were provisions in it that served an ill purpose.
“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” Staver explained.
“And this would be the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation as part of this anti-lynching bill,” which would make lynching a federal crime.

Those categories w...

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Can Muhammad’s Ancient Covenant Help Bring About Peace Between Muslims and Christians Today?

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Christians esteem the biblical progression of covenants—Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic—finalized by Jesus as he ushered in the New.
But for the sake of religious freedom in the Muslim world, should they embrace a further covenant: Muhammadian?
Modern scholarship suggests the Muslim Prophet’s Christian covenants could offer contemporary guidance; they already influenced a favorable verdict in the case of Christian Asia Bibi in Pakistan.
After eight long years on death row, Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy by the Muslim nation’s Supreme Court in late October. The Christian mother of five had been sentenced for uttering contempt for Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, while attempting to drink water from a well.
The three-judge panel ruled tha...

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Michael Brown: Atlanta’s Settlement With Kelvin Cochran Is Another Major Victory for Religious Freedom in America

On January 9, 2015, I wrote an article titled, “The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom.” Now, more than three-and-a-half years later, sanity has prevailed and religious freedoms have been preserved. Atlanta must pay up.
The case involved Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, a man who had served the city of Atlanta for more than 30 years, working with distinction and without blemish. But when he self-published a 160 page book for use in his home church, gay activists rose up against him, demanding that he be fired.
What was his crime?
On his own time and on his own dime, he dared to write a book which contained a few lines – yes, just a few lines – speaking against homosexual practice. (And note that he spoke against other sexual sins as well, based on Scripture.)
According to Coc...

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Virginia Apartment Complex Threatens to Evict Pastor Kenneth Hauge for Holding Bible Studies in Club House

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A battle is brewing at a Virginia apartment complex over a semi-retired pastor’s Bible study group.
The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg reported Friday that the complex’s owner has threatened to evict Kenneth Hauge if he continues hosting the Bible studies.
Residents received a letter notifying residents that the complex was banning religious activities in the community center.
Resident and Bible study attendee Billy Banks said he felt the Bible study was respectful of the space in the club house, and others.
”I think it was a thing that was going on and people were benefiting from it, and as far as I know, they never spoke against any other denominations,” he said.
The complex, Evergreens at Smith Run, says Hauge pressured tenants to join his Bible st...

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White House Hosts 100 Evangelical Leaders for Prayer-filled State Dinner

About 100 evangelical leaders were invited to dinner at the White House Monday night for what was a prayer-filled event that’s been compared to a church camp meeting and a campaign rally.

Dubbed a “state dinner” for evangelical leaders, the event was held specifically in the “honor of evangelical leadership.” The dinner was attended by dozens of evangelical pastors, evangelists and activists who’ve been involved in informally advising the administration including well-known figures like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, and Greg Laurie.
The dinner was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Homeland Security Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback...

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Trump Administration Issues Directive to Protect Faith-Based Federal Contractors Who Have Religious Objections to Homosexuality

Francis Perkins Department of Labor building, Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors who have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

On Friday, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs issued the directive to “incorporate recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising organizations and individuals.”
Specifically, the directive cites three recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and executive orders on religious freedom issued by President Donald Trump.
The agency suggests that while discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are still not permitted under Executive Order 11246 (as amended by former President...

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Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo Make Big Promises at US Religious Freedom Ministerial in Washington

Image: Courtesy of State Department
America’s first ministerial for international religious freedom will not be its last.

The State Department and USAID will partner on a new program to ensure that public and private aid can rapidly get to persecuted religious minorities.
And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed today the Potomac Declaration, which proclaims religious freedom to be “a far-reaching, universal, and profound human right that all peoples and nations of good will must defend around the globe” [full text below], as well as an accompanying plan of action.
“These documents reassert the United States’s unwavering commitment to promoting and defending religious freedom,” said Pompeo...

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