We cannot continue to pretend as if these horrid acts are occurring on their own, nor can we shy away from accepting responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed as a direct result of our actions.
The time has come for a new look at the role of religion in the governance of states. Jordan would do well to be a leader in this important process, as well.
The narrative in the mainstream media is that ISIS are against us because they are Muslims, they hate us, they hate our way of life and so on, all against the West. Very rarely does the media talk about the suffering of the people in the Middle East at the hand of these terrorists.
Again and again Scripture tells us: Be not afraid, for God is with us.
In Harlem, we know hate hurts. No matter if the hatred comes from a streetcorner demagogue, or a candidate for presidency of the United States. Hate words have a way of turning into hate actions. Every soul is precious. No one is disposable.
Hanadi concluded the letter by pointing out how many Muslims are suffering similarly in countries around the world. She asks the world to include them in its empathy for those who must play dead to survive bombs and gunfire. May we all pray for peace this season and a better fate for Paris and our entire planet in the coming year.
Beirut and Paris were both the targets of brutal terrorist attacks last week. And they will probably be targeted again. To ensure that Paris does not become as splintered as Beirut, France needs to do more than fight ISIS abroad and monitor radicals at home.
We must understand that the only way to defeat the ISIS narrative is by providing a reformist counter-narrative that is based on intellectual honesty and truth. Such a narrative exists. Let us support it, not fight it.
To win the "war" against ISIS, we must win the moral narrative -- we must reveal ISIS's distortions and lies and thus destroy their moral and religious legitimacy to those they seek to recruit. The best way to defeat bad religion is with good religion, and the better way to defeat religious fundamentalism is from within rather than trying to smash it from without. That means we also need a global religious coalition of Christians, Muslims, and Jews to unite together to undermine and defeat ISIS with our own religious public proclamations, demonstrations, and authority, especially with the younger generation. ISIS is not only a distortion of Islam, it is a blasphemy. And a unified and courageous assertion of our sacred scriptures, which all condemn their irreligious atrocities, would be the best spiritual weapon against ISIS.
The deathblow to xenophobia against Syrian refugees here was the actual identities of the attackers--virtually all of those involved, aside from the dead owner of the passport, were either French or Belgian.
Republican presidential candidates are making bigoted statements about Muslims. Some say they want to be optimistic that education could help achieve respect for Muslims in America, and yet, they worry. They worry about what the next headlines would bring.
You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.
When I told people where I was going, I got a different response than when I announced I'd be backpacking around Europe. People were always a little more curious. "Aren't you afraid? You know, since you're a woman."
If anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hate and fear are left unchecked, the consequences may undermine our Constitution and our democracy.
PARIS -- In the wake of violent events in the West, any hasty judgement on Muslims does more harm than good. It serves the terrorists on a silver platter.
What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.