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.
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By: John M. Owen
So I maintain my view that an abrupt state implementation of full religious liberty always and everywhere would lead to backlash and worsen the condition of religious minorities in the short term. But religious freedom remains a human right, and in the long term it meshes with other liberties to make for freer and more self-governing countries.
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By: Cynthia Soliman
A few days ago, I was on Facebook when I noticed that a friend had posted a video. The video was a montage depicting various scenes where the so-called Islamic State destroyed churches, knocking the crosses from the buildings and hoisting their flag in its place. Apparently there was some sort of narration, but I had the sound off. It didn’t matter anyway; the images alone told the story. After watching the video, I noticed a couple of things in the comments section: at least one commenter asked why the people in the film were doing this; and second, many people were focusing on the people in the film as terrorists, which is by no means a misnomer, but is a term that I believe may trivialize the gravity of what is happening.
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