What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?
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.
No one has the right to make any of us feel afraid because of the incitement of hate and acts of terror. The overwhelming majority of people only want to live in peace. We do not want our children and grandchildren to live in fear.
The biggest threat to us now is not further attacks from ISIS, but our leaders giving in to fear and anger by ramping up military and security. Our greatest weapon is not justice, but compassion. Acts of war will get us nowhere. They will only take us further away from a unified world of peace.
We live in perilous times. The rise of ISIS offshoots across the world should be a cause of deep worry for Muslims. In their quests, the extremists have left no stone unturned in sullying Islam's image.
Within hours of the mass shooting of artists and journalists, thousands congregated in public squares across France, Western Europe and North America, with placards, press cards and pens thrust into the air, displaying quiet, poetic power.
Religious fanaticism seems to be ruling the day. Could this possibly be true? As Christians, we must speak out against negative assumptions about other religious groups. We must seek to know our neighbors of different religions and nationalities and listen to their perspectives and experiences.
ISIS is making headlines all over the world, but not always for the same reasons. Are U.S. and international media covering ISIS the way they should be? An international group largely made up of Muslim reporters tells me what they think of ISIS, the American media and the Muslim world.
By pandering to the fear-mongering Islamaphobes, a USA Today article missed an opportunity to explain to Christian-majority Americans how their fellow Muslim citizens are trying to live out their faith in the country they love. It failed to tell of the U.S. Muslim's love of freedom and democracy.
Today, over 400,000 American Muslims constituents across the State of Florida are fighting a decisive battle against ignorance, intolerance and indifference in the Florida State Legislature. Sen. Hays has placed a special burden on our legislators to negotiate complex issues brought on by SB 864.
Putting things into perspective and taking a few moments to reflect on the sadness of loss of life and limb is about all that can be taken from this by us ordinary civilians, though I suppose panic, frustration and absolute assertions make for better entertainment on a night of armchair politics.
Every time I give talks, people ask, "Are girls really allowed to attend school in Iran?" Some have even said, "Who teaches them?" Perhaps the right question is, who is teaching Americans to think this?