Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy
By Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel
Can Islam embrace religious freedom? If so, should the United States be working for religious freedom in Muslim-majority countries?
Yes, says Georgetown University professor Tom Farr, in an interesting series of posts on National Review Online.
First, Professor Farr argues that “there is a practical concept of religious freedom . . . that can be adapted by Muslim societies” — a concept that is “similar to what the American Founders meant by religious freedom.”
Second, he argues that fostering religious freedom in Muslim-majority countries is in the United States’ interest, because doing so can “help struggling democracies such as Egypt and Pakistan attain a measure of stability that will undermine the kinds of extremist Islamist ideas that fuel terrorism.”
Third, he argues that the Department of State is failing “miserably” at doing so.