At issue: Religious freedom in Muslim-dominant countries

Saturday, April 7, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

illustration of mosqueAn organization that advocates for religious freedom around the world has developed a new department that will, among other things, focus on conveying and educating Muslims about the need for religious liberty and giving religious freedom to Christians, as well as other minorities, within the Muslim world.

The Religious Freedom Institute has launched its new Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team. Ismail Royer, a member of the team, says they want to help improve the treatment of non-Muslim minorities.

"We're all very familiar with things like Pakistan's blasphemy law, which is being used to essentially persecute Christians in Pakistan,” explains Royer. “Christians are about four percent of Pakistan, but make up about 50 percent of the people who are prosecuted for insulting the Prophet."

Royer tells OneNewsNow the blasphemy law is an important driver of instability, disorder, and insecurity in the Muslim world.

"This law,” he says, “has been used to foment disorder, anarchy, disrespect for the law, [and] vigilante mobs, which is bad for all of Pakistan, not to mention how oppressive it is to the people who are subject to it."

He also says they are trying to revive among Muslims a basic understanding of virtues that are necessary for getting along with one another in a society where there are different religious beliefs and practices.

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