refugee bans

A Necessary Step? Examining Religious Freedom and Counterterrorism

Governments pursue counterterrorism policies that restrict religious rights in the misguided belief that effectively combatting terrorism requires the limiting or suspending of freedoms like religious liberty.

History teaches, and many studies confirm, that religiously restrictive counterterrorism policies which discriminate against entire religious groups work at cross purposes with the desired goal of effectively combatting terrorism.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/6/27/a-necessary-step-examining-religious-freedom-and-counterterrorism

Freedom of Speech v. Freedom of Religion? How American Muslims Are Countering Hate and Getting It Right

By: Engy Abdelkader

... [A]nother part of defeating terrorists like ISIL, is upholding the rights and freedoms that define our two great republics. That includes freedom of religion. That includes equality before the law. There have been times in our history, in moments of fear, when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals, and it has been to our lasting regret. We must uphold our ideals now. Each of us, all of us, must show that America is strengthened by people of every faith and every background. -President Barack Obama, White House Press Conference with President Francois Hollande Nov. 24, 2015

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/19/freedom-of-speech-v-freedom-of-religion-how-american-muslims-are-countering-hate-and-getting-it-right