By Rasheed Reno and Qassim Rashid
The candidacy of Donald Trump for president has been a wild ride full of unprecedented activities and positions taken by a presidential candidate. Barely a day goes by that Trump doesn’t make the news headlines with another shocking statement that keeps the press and pundits talking and confounds Republican leadership as they struggle to try and keep him within reasonable boundaries. It is not just his numerous character flaws that have pushed them away, but it is his positions that have drawn the most opposition. Not the least of these are his view related to religious minorities and their rights.
Permanent Link: http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/22/the-trump-candidacy-a-foreshadow-of-a-trump-presidency
By Rachel Lu
The rational case for supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid mostly comes down to a single argument: the judiciary. Nearly all of the other arguments are some distasteful mixture of hysteria, resentment, and delusion. But Trump has promised to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court. And it’s genuinely possible that he would.
Permanent Link: http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/21/trumps-takeover-a-serious-loss-for-the-cause-of-religious-freedom
By Kevin den Dulk
Is Hillary Clinton a defender of religious freedom—or its greatest threat on November’s ballot? The answer to that stark question has become increasingly important – and contested – in the 2016 campaign. If you ask Clinton herself, the answer is clear.
Permanent Link: http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/20/what-do-we-know-about-hillary-clinton-and-religious-freedom
By Samuel Rodriguez
Not only has the 2016 presidential election polarized America on almost every major issue, it has also served as a source of hysteria. Each party—and those unaffiliated—views the opposing candidate’s win as disaster. If Hillary wins, it’s the end of American Christianity; if Trump wins, all Muslims will be excommunicated. It is in this moment, then, that I want to invite everyone to pause and just take a deep breath.
Permanent Link: http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/19/the-fight-for-religious-freedom-begins-at-home
By Jane Robbins
Hillary Clinton grew up an “old-fashioned Methodist” and presumably still considers herself part of that denomination. But as Paul Kengor relates, over the last few years she has vocally abandoned many of the moral rules of her old-fashioned faith, gravitating toward the progressive fringe beliefs roiling the Methodist church as they are so many others.
Permanent Link: http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/17/clinton-moves-from-one-religion-to-another-you-must-come-too