WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue.
"Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone completely insane," said Yusuf, an American Sunni Muslim scholar. more >>
WASHINGTON — The poor, the dying and the orphaned are hurt the most when governments infringe upon the religious liberties of churches and other faith-based institutions, Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson and other religious freedom experts explained Monday night.
In a panel discussion organized by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Anderson, an author and Heritage Foundation senior research fellow, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner and Washington University law professor John Inazu discussed the ways in which religious freedom promotes human flourishing.
During the panel, the participants were asked to explain the societal harms that arise when governments try to impose ideological standards and restrict religious liberty to simply freedom of worship. more >>
An atheist group has filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based Christian school for its decision to punish students who openly express transgender or homosexual behaviors.
St. John's Lutheran School of Baraboo, which receives federal funding for certain student aid programs, informed parents earlier this year that they reserve the right to punish homosexuality and transgender activity.
Patrick Elliot of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheist organization in the United States, filed a complaint earlier this month against the school before the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. more >>
A conservative Anglican leader stated that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's recent comments on evangelism are "half-right."
At an interfaith event held in London earlier this month, the head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion drew a line between evangelism and proselytizing by saying: "I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph.
"I draw a pretty sharp line, it is all based around loving the person you are dealing with which means you seek their wellbeing and you respect their identity and their integrity." more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is advising Christians not to talk about their faith unless they're asked to do so.
As head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion, Welby was asked at an interfaith event where he draws the line between evangelism and proselytization.
"I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph. more >>
Barack Obama departed Saturday afternoon for his first trip to Vietnam and Japan. As a goodwill gesture, Vietnam's Communist government released a Catholic priest from prison, but the president agenda might press for the release of more political prisoners while making no mention of a new highly restrictive religion law being enacted in that country.
Obama will arrive in Hanoi on Sunday evening and later visit Ho Chi Minh City, spending three days in Vietnam before leaving for Japan, Asia's second-largest economy, to attend the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima.
Obama is the third U.S. president to visit the country since the Vietnam War ended 41 years ago. The president will also visit Hiroshima, and become the first president to visit the city. more >>