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Reply To: What are some of the issues with which we, as Christians, can find common ground with Muslims? How can we engage and unite on those issues?

Michael Caplan

In the West, Christian and Muslim believers maintain a shared interest in staving off the forces of secularism that seek to erode any religious presence in the public square. Whether in the form of direct challenges to religious liberty (government attempts to mandate hiring and firing practices as was the case in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru) or subtle ways in which institutions with cultural purchase ‘otherize’ people of faith, both Christians and Muslims may stand together in a coalition to defend the right to orthopraxy in public life. I am hopeful that as social and societal issues continue to divide along a traditional or identity politics based approach that there will be room for American Christians and Muslims to recognize the unity they share in a commitment to religion as the center of life. Perhaps there even can be space to work with Conservative and Orthodox Jewish communities that likewise face the increased burden of threats to religious liberty and remain committed to a more traditional way of life.