Concerns are being raised about Stanford University's new law school clinic on religious liberty.
Mat Staver, who founded Liberty Counsel, is fean of Liberty University's law school. He welcomes Stanford's effort to raise up religious liberty lawyers, as long as it centers on the constitutional basis of the rule of law.
"One of the issues, however, that needs to be considered is whether or not there will be much emphasis placed on advancing the Muslim cause," he notes. "Certainly that could be a concern to many people around the country."
He explains why that should be a concern in a law school.
"Islam is a political ideology. Certainly it takes characteristics of religion, but by and large, at its core, both in the United States and around the world, it is a political ideology," Staver asserts. "Consequently, to use the same kind of laws for an advancement of a political ideology that you would for religious liberty could eventually cause some concerning issues that we want to address."
In other words, it would mean advancing a political ideology under the guise of religion.
While Stanford claims to be first in establishing a religious liberty law clinic, Liberty University has already had that distinction in conjunction with Liberty Counsel.