Concerns are being raised about Stanford University's new law
school clinic on religious liberty.
Mat Staver, who founded Liberty Counsel, is fean of Liberty
University's law school. He welcomes Stanford's effort to
raise up religious liberty lawyers, as long as it centers on the
constitutional basis of the rule of law.
"One of the issues, however, that needs to be
considered is whether or not there will be much emphasis placed on
advancing the Muslim cause," he notes. "Certainly that could be a
concern to many people around the country."
He explains why that should be a concern in a law school.
"Islam is a political ideology. Certainly it takes
characteristics of religion, but by and large, at its core, both in
the United States and around the world, it is a political
ideology," Staver asserts. "Consequently, to use the same kind of
laws for an advancement of a political ideology that you would for
religious liberty could eventually cause some concerning issues
that we want to address."
In other words, it would mean advancing a political
ideology under the guise of religion.
While Stanford claims to be first in establishing a religious
liberty law clinic, Liberty University has already had that
distinction in conjunction with Liberty Counsel.
Analysts say better retention policies are needed to stop the
trend that's kicking nearly 50 percent of educators who begin
teaching careers out of the profession within five years.