By Judd Birdsall
But what about beyond America’s shores? The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, signed by President Bill Clinton, enshrined combating persecution and promoting religious freedom for all people everywhere as core U.S. foreign policy objectives. And the act lists specific responsibilities for the president. This raises the question: After a campaign full of battles over belief, will the next president be able to liberate our global promotion of religious liberty from our domestic culture wars?
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/7/care-about-religious-freedom-worldwide-one-of-the-candidates-would-be-a-disaster
By Isaac Six
While Clinton’s comments may have only publicly confirmed a phenomenon that is accepted as a given by many practitioners of foreign policy, namely that human rights issues always play second or third fiddle to economic and security concerns, her statement was a rare public affirmation of the realpolitik approach which has defined much of Clinton’s career. It also helps us understand to a great degree Clinton’s likely approach to human rights generally, and issues of international religious freedom (IRF) more specifically, as president.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/3/an-opportunity-for-change-a-hillary-clinton-presidency-and-international-religious-freedom
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: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/22/the-trump-candidacy-a-foreshadow-of-a-trump-presidency
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: https://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: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/17/clinton-moves-from-one-religion-to-another-you-must-come-too