Religious law for the modern world
Many of us have long thought the world had become liberal enough to stop
execution of persons for practicing their religion.
Yet, modernity is confronted with this religious issue because Youcef
Nadarkhani, an Iranian
convert to Christianity now faces a governmental threat of execution.
Attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt by Muslim groups is another
troubling, if less dramatic example of intolerance towards Christianity in
Islamic countries. while in the United States, Mormonism
is held suspect and Herman Cain and Newt
Gingrich have adopted positions denying American Muslims of equal rights in this
country. We hold religious freedom as a nearly sacred right. But what
happens when practicing your religion prevents someone else from practicing
theirs? When two sets of religious rights clash, deciding between them usually
requires the Wisdom of Solomon - but a “cut the baby in half” approach (1Kings
3:16-28} often results in tragic decisions.
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