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Lindsey Graham: France Attack Shows We're In A Religious War

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the first American politicians to comment on Wednesday's shooting at the Paris office of satirical newspaper Char...

Why We Should Not Tolerate This New Barbarism

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

To be anti-barbarian in our time is to say "no" unconditionally to fanaticism -- not as tyrants or "avenging angels" who are intolerant in our own turn -- but by engaging in meaningful dialogue with anti-fanatic believers. Civilization is the cry of humanity in the face of barbarism.

Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

Being a part of this world means living with things you disagree with. The way to combat bad ideas is with better ideas. These are the twin thoughts swirling in my head as I've struggled to take in the totality of the terrible news of this morning's attack in Paris.

8 Great Modern Innovations We Can Thank Muslims For

HuffPost Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion

When thousands of “patriotic Europeans” took to the streets once again in Dresden to protest “the Islamisation of the West,” their actions wer...

Iconic Lights Go Out Across Germany To Protest Anti-Islam Movement

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion

Refusing to become backdrops for hate, famous landmarks across Germany went dark on Monday in protest of a growing anti-Muslim movement. The Cologn...

What Is Behind Europe's Rising Islamophobia?

Alexander Görlach | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Alexander Görlach

What is feared today is not the loss of any particular country to foreign conquest, but the loss of an imagined entity that binds us together. The Occident is a central piece of our mental maps and our cultural inventory. In a very visceral sense, Europeans are seized by fears of decline and by memories of cultural blossoming. Those fears culminate in the belief that our cathedrals will eventually turn into mosques, that their bells will fall silent and will be replaced by the cries of the muezzin.

Swedish Mosque 'Lovebombed' In The Wake Of Arson Attacks

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion

This is what it looks like when hate is replaced with love. A Swedish mosque was “lovebombed” this week, after residents learned that it had b...

Islam, Religious Dogmatism and Terrorism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Here are some indisputable facts: the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists and a majority also reject terrorism and violence as a legitimate means of achieving any objective, whether it's religious, political, or otherwise.

Pakistan and the Tragedy of Our Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Moral and intellectual clarity about the world we live in are not compatible with self-exculpating glibness. Our adversaries' wrongness does not mean we are in the right. The substance of the terrorists' victory lies exactly in their success in having persuaded Western societies to empower our own authoritarian regimes.

Australians Promise To Muslims #IllRideWithYou

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

As Australians anxiously awaited the outcome of a hostage crisis in a Sydney cafe, thousands on social media made sure that Muslims in the country kne...

Diffused Congruence Podcast: The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi on His New Book

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

He talks about how his time with Jon Stewart has made him more "Muslim-ish," what he's learned during a lifetime occupying many different cultures, and how that all led to his new book, No Land's Man.

Colleges Are Intolerant About Comedy That Promotes Tolerance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
Scott Blakeman

If a simple message of tolerance, understanding and peace is deemed too controversial by many universities in this country, what message does that send to students? Colleges used to be the place where trailblazing comedians like George Carlin and Mort Sahl found receptive audiences for their biting and bold comedy.

Missouri Teen Killed By SUV Displaying Anti-Muslim Message

AP | BILL DRAPER and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An SUV involved in the death of a Missouri teenager outside a Somali community center had an anti-Muslim message displayed i...

The Orcs of ISIS

Tami Shaikh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Tami Shaikh

Why is their interpretation of the same book the total opposite of what mine is? How can they believe that beheading innocent humans can be ok when the Prophet Mohammad believed in treating others with kindness and compassion?

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Switzerland Highights Europe's Huge Immigration Problem

Milton Ezrati | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Milton Ezrati

Not too long ago, the Swiss voted in a referendum to limit immigration and make it easier to expel foreign-born residents. The specifics of the vote matter less than the sentiment it reflects, in Switzerland and Europe generally, feelings exemplified in an otherwise insignificant incident in the small Swiss city of Nyon.

Why Won't Major Media Report on Muslims Combatting Terrorism?

Qasim Rashid | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

There exist two scenarios where no one can hear you scream. The first is of course, in space because there's no oxygen. And the second is on Earth, but only if you're a global Muslim leader condemning ISIS and promoting universal religious freedom.

What Muslim Hashtag Activism Actually Accomplishes

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) ISIS terrorist rampages, waves of anti-Muslim hate speech and fear-mongering Islamophobia are inspiring an outburst of online activism in the fo...

A House of Prayer for All (as in 'All') People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Due to the marvels of modern technology, this morning I was able to sit in my living room in Southern California and watch the livestream of the service of Muslim Friday Prayers (Jumu'ah) from that very National Cathedral in a service that emphasized the "all" in "all people."

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

How to Fight for 'Your' Islam

Aanya Niaz | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Aanya Niaz

There is no longer any need for making empty arguments about how Islam is not a religion of hate. Enough. It is time to take responsibility as citizens of a religion to research, read and then re-inform the globe of how it truly is a religion of peace.

Islamophobia as a Muslim Problem

Ali Hashem | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Ali Hashem

Islamophobia has been for years the main complaint by Muslims around the world; the feeling of being discriminated for what you believe, practice or look like prompted many Muslims in Europe and America to raise the voice and seek changing the image by drawing a clear line between Islam and extremism.

The Conservative Media's Assault on Religious Academia

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

There are several 'news' sources that claim to be conservative that berate scholars. The majority of these verbal assaults are directed at ones that are involved in the field of religious studies.

Educating Bill Maher

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Orbach

Maher is right that we should stand up for liberal principles everywhere, but it does no justice to our principles if our arguments are stacked on a foundation of stereotypes.

WATCH: Muslim Students Defend Petition To Revoke Bill Maher's Campus Invite

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

The campus petition to revoke Bill Maher's invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley's December commencement has been debated as a...