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Cultural Christianity: The Role of Faith in an Increasingly Secular Scotland

By: Rachel Morota

“Oh, the Old Course?  Just turn onto The Scores and keep going straight past Martyr’s Monument and you’ll see it.”

The wind whipped the university tour guide’s voice towards me as I scuttled past the large group of prospective students on my way to the library. As I turned the corner off South Street, I heard her raise her voice to warn her audience, “Careful not to step on the ‘PH’ outside St. Salvador’s Quad! That’s where Patrick Hamilton, the Protestant Reformer, was burned at the stake after being accused of heresy. Legend has it that it’s cursed, and students who step on the symbol will fail their degree.” 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/cultural-christianity-the-role-of-faith-in-an-increasingly-secular-scotland

Religious Discrimination: A Common Denominator for Muslims in Western Europe

By: Engy Abdelkader

The murder of innocent French civilians—Jews and Muslims, men and women, cartoonists and law enforcement officials—by terrorists in Paris earlier this year rocked much of Europe. Observers frequently view manifestations of anti-Muslim bias through the lens of that attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices. In truth, the attack exasperated an existing anti-Muslim sentiment that helps contribute to the minority faith group’s inability to integrate, feelings of alienation, and perhaps, vulnerability to violent extremist recruiting. According to a 2013 public opinion poll, for instance, many Europeans view the Islamic faith as more threatening to their culture and values than any other faith tradition.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/religious-discrimination-a-common-denominator-for-muslims-in-western-europe