I am a free speech absolutist. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. It is now a privilege available only to those with armed security.
Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.
Joseph Braude met with Ambassador Ibrahim al-Dabbashi, the Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, to discuss hopes for reconstruction and renewal of civil society and state institutions, and a culture of religious moderation and tolerance.
New York-based writer/performer Aizzah Fatima produced a one-woman comedy show called "Dirty Paki Lingerie" as a result of her growing frustration with the limited perception other have of her as a refugee or a victim.
Andalusia at its height shows us clearly that associating a group like ISIS with Islam and calling its leader a "caliph" is a travesty. And there is no lesson greater for everyone than to recall that there was a time, however brief, when people of different cultures and faiths lived together, worked together and prospered together.
Nov. 27, 1095, was a red letter day in medieval history. Actually, it was a red cross day, that symbol having been proclaimed by Pope Urban II as the icon of a planned crusade to retake the Holy Land from its Muslim invaders.
There is no Hizmet Movement plan to take over Ankara, no desire to rule the religious roost. In fact, in my meeting with Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen, America was lauded for its religious freedoms. That was the model offered up. Not a Muslim state but a state where all religions are supported in their practice. Turkish President Erdogan should take note.
Disturbing? It was the subject line of an email sent several weeks ago to Jameel Syed, the man behind Project Muaddhin: A Historic Journey Across America. It's actually one of several hate emails he's received upon beginning his project.
As a Muslim, who has followed this polarization of narratives, I am convinced that all opinions deserve to be heard and not just marginalized as either "Islamophobia" or "Jihadism," albeit with caution. Prejudice is a common human failing which people of all faiths are capable of.
Some might suggest that it is the charisma, success or personalities of my Muslim friends that draws me to their words. Yet, I think this understates the meaning of the progressive and distinctively American form of Islam that they articulate and live out.
Unlike classical atheists like Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw who advocated their views and advanced the critique of religion with wit and erudition, the "new atheists," seek to ply their trade through the economy of outrage.
Al-Azhar maintains that Islam is a religion of peace, yet is ambiguous in condemning ISIS, all the while using its religious authority to ban a much needed and overdue conversation not only in Egypt but all over the Muslim world. Is it just me or is there something bewilderingly wrong with this picture?
The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Having to live as neighbors with people you don't approve of isn't a form of persecution against Christians. According to Jesus, it's the very focus of Christian life.
As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in which we celebrate Passover and Easter, just such sickening sentiments began appearing on 84 buses in our public transit system.