The issue for me is not so much the faith of the candidates, but whether they would try to impose their faith on others through public policy.
hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."
Apparently inspired by Carson, KVOR radio host Richard Randall launched into a tirade against Muslims Tuesday.
Allāh الله is simply the Arabic word for "The God." This is the God of Abraham. Christians speaking Arabic would say Allah for God. The God of Abraham includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The lineage for Jews and Christians comes under Isaac and for Muslims under Ismael.
God makes several promises to Abraham in Genesis 12-17; these also involve Sarah, extending further to the world. The opening promise in Genesis 12:1-3 involves leaving the familiarity of home and traveling to an unknown land to be shown later. That must have taken courage!
I discovered that I am to pay the price for expressing myself. I am to pay the price for following a certain religion. I am to pay the price for donning the hijab. I am to pay the price because Arab plus Muslim plus hijab does not equal a true "American" identity.
To understand just how far Trump and Carson have veered into the territory of bigotry and racism, imagine if we were to substitute the word "Jew" for "Muslim." What if Trump's fan said to him: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Jews...When can we get rid of them?"
Our founding fathers may have been a bunch of white guys, but the greatness of America was built on diversity. By definition, diversity requires otherness - otherness to be cultivated, validated and celebrated.
As a Republican, I am utterly ashamed of my party. As a soldier for 31 years, I am disgusted with these "courageous" candidates, none of whom has served a day in the Infantry in their lives. As a citizen, I am deeply concerned for my country.
As a highly educated person, as a candidate for the presidency, and as someone who has co-authored, along with your wife Candy, a book titled A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, you should have a more enlightened understanding of our nation's foundational document.
When our children are repeatedly targeted or discriminated against, those initial feelings of self-doubt, shame and rejection can also resurface later. At what point do we caution our kids that their own dreams and achievements may be eclipsed by racism, bigotry and injustice?
In a TMFS Sketch, we discuss both Donald Trump and Ben Carson's recent Islamophobic comments.
For some time, I've been thinking of coining the word modefolkers for inclusion into political vocabulary. Modefolker is a compound word that joins two existing words, mode and folk. The transitive verb is modefolk and the noun is modefolker. As explained below, modefolker means a person who belligerently defends the mainstream values of a culture or community.
My brother was killed 14 years ago in the World Trade Center by terrorists who claimed to be devout Muslims. I have learned that what they claimed to be is irrelevant. What they believed, their fears, their warped world-views -- that's what was significant. It mattered what made them tick, not what religion they claimed.
I have long been troubled by the way white and black people interpret the same Bible. There is one Bible, one God, one Jesus... and yet, white and black people interpret that book in entirely different ways.
Over the years, I raised four children and two stepchildren, did freelance journalism, and clung to my American-born confidence in civic discourse, the conviction that dialogue and compromise can untangle even the knottiest disagreements. But Middle Eastern reality hit me hard.