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'American Sniper' Studio Denounces Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

USA Today | Andrea Mandell | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious...

Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Akbar Ganji | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

It must be emphasized that true secularism is not opposed to religion, and a secular democratic state will not only eliminate ethnic and religious discrimination, such as pitting Shiites against Sunnis, but will also create the conditions for the religious people to practice their beliefs free of the government. Islam and secularism are completely compatible. In fact, a true "Islamic state" is not only unjustified, but also impossible to establish.

Globalization, 21st Century Style: The National Security State Goes Global

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness was endlessly hailed? It was the era of "globalization," of Washington-style capitalism triumphant, and the planet, we were told, would be growing ever "flatter" until we all ended up in the same mall.

12 Essentialist Oversimplifications About Religion Badly in Need of Theory

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Many of us are willing to ignore the overwhelming evidence that human nature and history are irreducibly complex, in favor of bedtime stories that let us sleep better at night. We blame the worst stuff on religion and dream of a better world without it.

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

For the first episode of 2015, we're joined by stand-up comedian Azhar Usman -- "America's Funniest Muslim" -- for a wide-ranging, free-form convers...

Anti-Muslim Acts Are Out Of Control In France

AP | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

PARIS (AP) — A leading Muslim group says there have been at least as many anti-Muslim acts in France since the terror attacks this month as for all ...

Preventing and Dealing with Outbursts of Religious Violence

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is hard to find a major religion or secular ideology that has not been used by some of its adherents to justify violence against others.

President Obama's Articulation of Religious Freedom

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

Little did I expect that on my first day as executive director of Interfaith Alliance, the most concise articulation of our mission would come from the President of the United States.

The Salience of Islam in Terrorism

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Terrorism, no matter who it is perpetrated by, is an act of violence done for political reasons. There may also be a religious component, but per any definition of terrorism, politics, not religion, is the necessary component. So why then does the West focus so much on Islam?

Islamic Pluralists Must Show Their Face

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The radical actors of the Muslim world, in destroying the troublesome symbols of free thinking, are destroying their own cultural vitality and dynamism. In truth, their Islamist culture of death has resulted in a death of Islamic culture. The urgent task for Islamic pluralists is to lift the shadow of violence from the Islamic culture and recall Muslims to their traditions of an empathetic civilization that feels another's sorrow and does not need an enemy for its sustenance.

Anti-Islam Rally In Germany Canceled Over Threat

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A weekly rally by a German group protesting what it calls "the Islamization of the West" was called off on Sunday because of a terrori...

Je Suis Humain: A Plea to Embrace Our Humanity

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

France must reengineer social policies that will help address the rising anti-Semitism, particularly among poorer immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. Muslim leaders and imams, while speaking out loudly against Islamophobia, must also unequivocally denounce anti-Semitism. "Je suis humain" should be the battle cry against those who want to divide us.

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Erdogan Warns Of A 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist milita...

The World's Schizophrenic Attitude Towards Charlie Hebdo

Haoues Seniguer | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Haoues Seniguer

Who would say that deadly acts and statements have never been committed in the name of a faith -- whichever faith it may be -- throughout history? What historian would explain away the "wars of religion" between European Christians in the 16th and 17th centuries as mere socio-economic casualties? What is the rationale behind this bastion of thought that, in recent days, led to the statements that this was a case of "madmen" who "distorted religion," as if there were religious elements purely detached from what these men did?

Islamophobia and Charlie Hebdo

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Trisha de Borchgrave

Are we not evolved enough to reveal life's hypocrisies without exhorting to gratuitous cruelty and insult, however much the latter may seem part of our birthright?

Anti-Islam Group Keeps Members From Speaking To The Press

HuffPost Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 01.14.2015 | Media

Millions of people have taken to the streets of France and other European countries in support of freedom of the press and the peaceful coexistence of...

Je suis juste moi: I Am Just Me

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

Whenever there is news of a shooting, kidnapping or attack, the first thought that goes through my mind is "Please don't let it be a Muslim" (with "Please don't let it be a Pakistani Muslim" following closely behind). For if it's a Muslim, it will no longer be considered an isolated incident. If it's a Muslim, I have the onerous burden of having to do the following.

Paris Attack and Muslim Introspection About What They Owe 'The West'

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Why must we be particularly careful about giving the West some special status when it may well deserve to be recognized for its contemporary pluralism? The main cause for caution is that history reveals patterns of prejudice in the West, just as much as in the East, and there can still be a resurgence of such impulses if we are not careful and fail to ward them off.

How to Defeat Meme of Fear

David Brin | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
David Brin

This is not about Islam or Christianity or Judaism or even capitalism versus communitarianism, but their angriest and most vehement branches. If our enlightenment "wins," there will be Islam in the future and everything else. But the fuming tenor of zero-sum machismo will be gone. Those who today preach hatred will live, but not their hate. Moreover, they know this. And because hatred is addictive, like a drug, that is the wellspring of their fury.

Through Denial, France Has Created Its Own Monsters

Rokhaya Diallo | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Rokhaya Diallo

What has happened to our "Country of Enlightenment"? France has always bragged about being a model of coexistence where the universalist and color blind philosophy of our Republic was supposed to protect us from racial tension. If we don't want our country to plunge into the abyss, the republican fable we are telling has to come to an end.

Why Four Million People Are Right to Say 'I Am Charlie'

Delphine O | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Delphine O

In the midst of an exceptional show of solidarity and grief, there have been some dissonant voices to criticize the "I am Charlie" slogan, endorsed by millions of people around the world.

Why Jimmy Carter Thinks Charlie Hebdo Attack Could Reduce Islamophobia

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion

There has been plenty of fallout from last week's Charlie Hebdo attack by Islamic extremists: a manhunt for the suspects, rallies in Paris and across ...

Why I Am More Afraid of PEGIDA Than Islamization

Maximilian Elliger | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Maximilian Elliger

As the past has shown us, it is easy to pretend that nothing has happened if we do not deal with these issues and once again allow for people of different origins to be hunted through the streets of German cities.

Angela Merkel Joins Top Political Leaders In Supporting Germany's Muslims

The Associated Press | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans not to marginalize Muslims or other minorities Tuesday, as the country's political leaders prep...

Resist the Tyranny of Silence After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Flemming Rose | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

We could search for a false harmony, like they do in unfree societies, by continually criminalizing new forms of speech according to the following maxim: If you accept my taboo and you don't speak critically or offensively about all that is sensitive and sacred to me, I will do the same for you. In societies like ours, where diversity is growing, this road leads to a tyranny of silence.