No metaphor in American letters has had a greater influence on law and policy than Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.”
As used in Arabic at that time, liberty was not a political but a legal term: You were free if you were not a slave.
We have to distinguish three elements: (1) what moral truths we know, (2) how we know them, and (3) how we become able to know them.
The term “civil marriage“ or “civil union“ has become a euphemism for both the legal and social legitimation of homosexuality.
To think about Islam, we find ourselves first of all engaged in the question of what Islam is.
A few months ago, I was escorted by a United States Embassy liaison to the Amman airport to catch a flight to Paris and thence to the United States.
The microcosm of America that was destroyed on September 11—people of all races, ethnicities and religions—is everything the extremists abhor.
The time has come to recover the courage of our forefathers, who understood that faith and freedom are inseparable and that they are worth fighting for.
Religious rights must be at the forefront of any human rights policy. Unless we understand this, our ability to fight for any freedom at all is compromised.
Along with illiteracy and innumeracy, we must add deep moral confusion to the list of educational problems.