NOM co-founder Robert George to head U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom

  • metta

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    Jul 26, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    NOM co-founder to head U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom
  • 24hourguy

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    Jul 26, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    "The USCIRF is funded entirely by the federal government on an annual basis and its staff members are government employees"

    -yeah sequester should start here! icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 26, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    The government employs plenty of liberals who support killing babies, let's get rid of them to.
  • Sebastian18

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    Jul 26, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    The U.S. comission on Religious Freedom is really a problematic organization in my not at all humble opinion. Citing the Wikipedia article:

    "Despite appointing Muslim commissioners,The Commission has also been accused of being biased towards focusing on the persecution of Christians, and of being anti-Muslim. A former policy analyst, Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, has filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that she was fired because she was a Muslim and a member of an advocacy group, the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Current commissioners and some other religious-freedom advocates deny the claims of bias. The commission has also been accused of in-fighting and ineffectiveness... According to the National Council of Churches,the policy will promote the cause of Christians to the exclusion of persecuted believers of other religions."

    As someone who is deeply religious and also dedicated to strong inter and intrafaith dialogue, this appointment already has a number of problems, not the least of which is George's appointment to head the comission.

    Personally, I'm a bigger fan of the International Religious Liberty Association and the World's Parliament of Religions to be much more meritorious organizations. Similarly, under the circumstances, I think this would also be a beneficial time for Humanistic and Secular groups to become involved in more intensive dialogue as this will forseeably impact them as well as other minority religious views.