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Navigating the Minefield of Religious Bias

By February 17, 2010

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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created to advise the U.S. government on foreign issues of religious bias to help shape foreign policy. Now that very organization is being accused of religious bias, particularly of being anti-Muslim while overly focusing on persecution of Christians.

I'm not sure there's any way this organization can run that won't upset someone. It will always look like someone is being favored. For example, most of the commissioners are Christian. But since the US is primarily a Christian country, does that actually illustrate bias?

Perhaps the better question is: do we even need such an organization? Is running around telling other countries how to treat their religious minorities really the image we want to give? Yes, we're championing the persecuted. We're also butting into the business of sovereign nations.

February 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(1) Laura says:

Yes, we’re championing the persecuted. We’re also butting into the business of sovereign nations.

We should also be making sure our own act is really darn clean before telling others to clean up theirs. Religious tolerance, like so much else, starts at home, after all.

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