Monday, December 10, 2012

CBS Documentary, Interfaith Special, will be Broadcast Today

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CBS Documentary, Interfaith Special, will be Broadcast Today
Epigraph: "Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve." (Al Quran 2:63)
WORKING FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 9 on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees all citizens equal rights regardless of religion. But what does religious freedom mean in the most religiously diverse country in the world? This program explores this matter, particularly among our religious minorities. While the government remains neutral in matters of religion, some fringe groups create fear of "the other" through hate speech and even violence. To counter this, watchdog organizations and religious scholars work to protect this freedom for religious minorities.
Charles C. Haynes, a Senior Scholar with the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, speaks about the great threat to religious freedom present today. Also, as the Director of Religious Freedom Education Project, he explores with us what religious freedom means and why such discrimination of religious minorities is the greatest threat to freedom of religion.
Also featured is the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance and a much-respected voice dealing with this issue over the past few decades. Then K. Hollyn Hollman, General Counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC), speaks to the principles inherent in religious freedom, and how this organization works to protect those rights for all citizens.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the USA. We speak with two staff members. Staff Attorney Gadier Abbas and National Legislative Director Corey Saylor address "Islamophobia" and how anti-Muslim sentiment is affecting the civil and religious rights of the Muslim community.
The Sikh Coalition's Director of Law and Policy, Rajdeep Singh, tells us of the efforts to bring equal protection under the law to the Sikh Community. The recent Oak Ridge tragedy, where a lone gunman opened fire on members of the local Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, led to a Senate hearing on hate crimes, where the Sikh Coalition asked the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs.
Lastly we hear from Dr. Chris Seiple, President of The Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) which is a "Think and Do Tank" working for religious freedom worldwide. It is important to know that 70% of the world's people live in a nation where religious freedom is highly restricted.
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