FRC Supports Religious Liberty … For Some

The Family Research Council prides itself on its strong committment to protecting religious liberty and freedom of religious expression:

Family Research Council believes that religious observance and faith in God have an overwhelmingly positive impact on society. Just as marriage has a foundational effect on the flourishing of family life, religious observance has a similar effect on community and national life. The fostering of religious observance within a framework of religious freedom is a hallmark of our culture as shaped by our Founding Fathers. In the United States, the Judeo-Christian worldview has provided a sound basis for the flourishing of our national culture and our political system.

But the primacy of the “Judeo-Christian worldview” is central to FRC’s mission, noting that while “we believe in religious liberty for people of all faiths and of no faith … we deny that minority religions are entitled to greater protection than members of the country’s majority Christian faith,” which explains why the organization apparently sees no problem with the Swiss ban on the construction of new minarets on mosques

Of course, any true religious or ethnic bigotry is morally wrong. All persons are made in the image and likeness of God and should be free to worship as they wish. But no group has the right to enter a host culture and demand conformity to its traditions. That’s aggressive, insulting and insensitive.

Why is it unacceptable for Europeans not to want their countries Islamicized? Muslims are now in Europe in significant numbers, but they are almost entirely unharrassed. Yet not a single Christian church exists in Saudi Arabia. Christians in Islamic countries often are attacked, discriminated against (Christians and Jews are often paid only half of their Muslim counterparts, per the command of the Quran) and prevented from free and open worship. Go to Voice of the Martyrs and see for yourself.

Count the crosses in the Islamic world. Read about the anti-Semitic rhetoric of many Islamic groups in Europe. Consider the repression of, and frequent violence against, Christians in Muslim-dominant nations. Add up the “fatwas” against Muslims who dare convert to faith in Jesus.

Then ask me to worry about the Swiss vote on minarets. Just don’t hold your breath.