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Jew Am I?

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bryan Behar

Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I've always considered myself a reg...

Teaching 'Muslim Americans' In Texas, The Hotbed Of Islamophobia

Craig Considine | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
Craig Considine

Texans can no longer afford to be misinformed about Islam and Muslims. According to the 2010 Religious Census, Texas leads the country with approximately 422,000 Muslims. Houston and Dallas are cities with the third and fourth largest Muslim population nationwide.

Seeing America and Ourselves From the Outside In

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Margaret Sullivan

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." Travels with Ch...

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Home
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

Easter Stories, Passover Stories and the Families Who Tell Them

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Marshall P. Duke

This year, at both Passover seders and Easter family gatherings, in addition to telling the grand Passover and Easter stories, find some time to tell the parallel individual family stories.

People of the Story... or the Study?

Samara Hutman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Samara Hutman

Tonight is mid-stream Chanukah and Thanksgiving is behind us. In the end, I'm not sure the confluence of the two birthed any physical or spiritual properties for my family or me.

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

It's Anti-American To Care About The President's Religion

Craig Considine | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Whether Obama is Muslim or not is beside the point. The president's religious background shouldn't matter in a presidential election -- or any American election for that matter.

Sworn-Again Americans

Eric Liu | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Eric Liu

It is time now for a movement to re-Americanize Americans. This means reanimating our creed, cultivating the character needed for civic life, and fostering a culture of strong citizenship.

The Buffalo In The Room: A Reflection For Native American Heritage Month

Alison Owings | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Alison Owings

As we, the American public, hack through thickets of politically enhanced blogoshere-distributed demonstrations and debates about who we are, most of us overlook one factor: We started out as trespassers.

What's In A (Muslim) Name?

Dilara Hafiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dilara Hafiz

Although it may seem harmless to assume someone's religion based upon their name, it's becoming apparent that this type of judgment is unnecessary and irrelevant, especially for Muslims in America.

Increased Numbers Now Link Christian Faith To Being American

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) As the U.S. has grown more diverse, more Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of b...

In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Milewski

Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.

The Last Real American White Man Is a Woman

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

Sarah is a tintype of what we used to be -- or who we believed we were: rugged individuals who charged across the continent, ripping up trees and taming the prairies.

An American in Paris

Jessica Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jessica Roy

I am an American woman. What does this mean, other than the fact that French men believe that we are easy and want to touch my hair on the Metro?