In mainstream media and culture, indeed, there's no such thing as "causes." The concept is just too complicated, unless "illegal immigration" is a cause, or "al Qaeda" is a cause. Or opaque garbage cans are a cause.
We miss the point entirely if we allow the acts of extremists to force us into our own respective corners. They win if in response to their acts we poison our community, by shunning -- instead of engaging -- those whose culture or beliefs are different from our own.
Every time one of these attacks happen, I hear the insecure pleas of Muslim Americans trying to reassure others that "Not all Muslims are like that." They are continually shut out of the discussion and alienated for trying to say it.
I hate to break ranks with my liberal brethren, but there is a clear pattern in the mass killings that this country has suffered over the past 10 years. If, as the evidence strongly indicates, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the mayhem in Boston, then that pattern extends right up to the moment.
In the moments following the Boston Marathon bombings, American Muslims across the nation prayed for the same thing: "Please don't let the bomber be a Muslim."
In the aftermath of this month's Boston Marathon bombings, many are left scratching their heads. Why such senseless violence? What gain could equal the pain brought upon innocent people and ultimately the suspects themselves?
You only discover your true friends, and how precious and extraordinarily important they are, during these trying and difficult times. For those who have expressed their love, care and support to the American Muslim Community, on behalf of all American Muslims: Thank you!
Anyone who feels negatively emotionally impacted by the Boston Marathon terror bombings has the right to say, "I have been a victim of unjust persecution and I intend to do something positive about it."
"Dialogue" between religions, and among the denominations of individual religions, is too often limited to niceties and "search for common ground." But to be truly useful and honest, such dialogue needs to court friction.
How do we teach young Muslims to struggle for justice, but without resorting to terror tactics? How do we teach them that a just cause is not a justification for unjust means?
America is not under threat from radical Islam, but it is under threat from radical ignorance. This ignorance is a far more powerful and far more destructive force than any act of terror. I have experienced its horrific after effects.
In the wake of the Boston bombings, Muslim parents fear for their children at school. Muslim women are discussing whether it is necessary to "pass" (remove their headscarfs), to be safe. How many innocent people will be teased, harassed or assaulted?
I'm a Catholic / but I think Islam is beautiful / Some think I'm interested in converting / No, I'm not / it just makes me think of the one above
One of the few good things that can come out of any tragedy is a communal drawing together, something Osama bin Laden set out to rob from America's Muslims when he first attacked America
It's mid-March in Baku, the waning days of a bleary Caspian winter, and every time we sit down to eat, the most incongruous array of fresh produce is ...
Even before the wild overnight developments in the Boston bombings -- Russians, Chechens, the Caucuses (sic), Kyrgy-what? -- it was clear that we are culturally unprepared for the complexity of the Boston bombings.