The future of Islam depends on Muslims deciding whether we will be fueled by examples of hope or examples of hatred.
While leading storytelling workshops with Syrian refugee youth, I found myself unavoidably drawn into a spirited exchange in which some perceptions of religion and culture both encouraged and discouraged the pursuit of self-expression, creativity and communication.
Muslims must remember that no Usama Dakdok or Pamela Gellar can ever take away anything from Islam, but violence in the name of Islam will certainly empower them to spread their hatred towards it.
Being consistent about the First Amendment says a lot. It proves you truly stand behind, and with, the First Amendment. I am using this consistency to make a point here about the First Amendment. Consistency when it comes to rights matters for the protection of that right.
The fact that she was attacked for her speech doesn't make Geller a hero, or her speech any less hateful.
That night at home, I studied myself in the mirror. I brushed my growing hair carefully, groomed my eyebrows, and practiced throwing sultry looks at my reflection. After a lifetime of feeling ugly, suddenly, in a singular, slow-motion instant, everything had shifted.
One of the most significant aspects to international human rights standards is its universality. The international community designed them to protect all people, in all places, at virtually all times.
While I am tremendously proud of all the organizing efforts that are taking place all over the country, I don't think we have spent much time thinking about where we are going. I think this is partly due to the fact that many people are just trying to survive.
"There are times I will need ropes and ladders and caribiners and helmets just to climb down into myself." Madeline DeVries shatters into shards, tortured by music and memories. She crumbles as her eyes accuse.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized an event on Sunday night in Garland, Texas, inviting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The event's organizers received more than 350 submissions. It is also unclear what the event's organizers hoped to accomplish.
The whole point of a vacation is to go and enjoy yourself. Do that how you will. But however great the temptation (or the thrill of almost getting caught) with this totally hot guy you just met, keep your feet on the ground.
Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.
I am a strong supporter of the right to free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a principle which is at the very heart...
Europe today is witnessing a major crisis concerning its Muslim communities, one which is already beginning to reveal its troubling global implications. Bosnians have lessons for our troubled world.
I was in my office a few weeks ago, when my boss knocked at the door. "Mike!" I said, guiltily. I propped the door open with a sneakered foot, an em...