Star Parker

This from an American President who is now forcing American employers to buy condoms and abortion pills for their employees, even if it is against that employer’s religious convictions.

Or from a nation where poor children are forced to attend public schools where teaching traditional, religious values that they desperately need are prohibited.

Or where the people of the State of California voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman, only to have this referendum overturned by a federal court.

Can President Obama stand with credibility before any Muslim nation and claim that he represents religious freedom?

How about economic freedom? Economic freedom – which measures a nation’s respect for private property and limits arbitrary government power to interfere with economic transactions – is critical because it correlates perfectly with prosperity. Nations with more economic freedom are uniformly more prosperous.

The latest Economic Freedom of the World report, published annually by over 70 think tanks from around the world, shows that in 2010 the US dropped to number 18 in world ranking. This after years of the US being one of the most economically free nations in the world.

So why should Muslim nations take seriously an increasingly weak America that does not practice what it preaches?

They don’t and won’t.

If we want Muslims to respect us and respect freedom’s cores values – protection of life and property – America should once again represent those values.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.