The Difference Between Secular and Christian Advocacy Groups

The Difference Between Secular and Christian Advocacy Groups June 4, 2014

The Center for Inquiry has been pushing for the release of Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman in Sudan who has been sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy for refusing to renounce her religion. They’ve started email campaigns and protests over it contacted the Sudanese embassy over it.

Can you think of a single instance where Christian groups that claim to fight for religious freedom, like the American Center for Law and Justice, have done anything like that on behalf of atheists like Albert Saber, Ben Baz and many others who have been imprisoned for blasphemy in Muslim countries? Maybe they have, but I’ve never seen such action from them. A quick search of the ACLJ website finds nothing. And as I recently noted, the ACLJ has been supporting harsh blasphemy laws in other countries as long as they’re Christian.

The same comparison can be made between those groups and the ACLU. Though groups like the ACLJ, ADF and Liberty Counsel claim to support religious freedom, the truth is that they only seem to care about the rights of Christians (and often the right of Christians to impose their religion on non-Christians). The ACLU, on the other hand, defends the religious freedom of Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists and members of every other group, as they have done for decades.

The ACLU defended Jerry Falwell in court, twice. They’ve defended school children who have been denied the right to hand out religious literature to their classmates, to wear anti-gay t-shirts (Harper v Poway), anti-abortion demonstrators, street preachers being harassed by the police, and even Rush Limbaugh. You can read lots of examples in an old post of mine at Science Blogs.

This seems to be the difference between secular civil liberties groups and Christian ones. The Christian ones only care about the freedom of Christians and no one else.

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