Religious Law for the Modern World

By Anthony Stevens-Arroyo

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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