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1 Year After Chapel Hill: It is Time for Vanderbilt to Address Islamophobia

Hamzah Raza | Posted 02.12.2017 | Religion
Hamzah Raza

Vanderbilt University is no stranger to individuals who make irresponsible statements about Islam. Last year, Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt professor, stated that, "Islam has a problem with the West. Islam will never understand the freedoms that we live and die to preserve."

Latest Disputes over Lessons on Islam Show Need to Better Inform Parents

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 10.13.2016 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

Most states for more than a decade have required teaching about world religions since the 1990s and early 2000s.

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Against Tennessee Mosque

Religion News Service | Bob Smietana | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For years, opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro vowed to take their legal fight to shut down the mosque all the way ...

Tennessee Bigots Harassed This Young Muslim Journalist -- Here's The Amazing Way She Reacted

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

Muslim college student and aspiring journalist Noor Tagouri received an unexpectedly ugly reception when she arrived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to co...

Overnight In Nashville

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

There were years when the Murfreesboro Islamic Center seemed like an unattainable vision, with vocal opposition, messages of pure hatred, arson and legal battles. But when I arrived with my colleagues, none of that was visible.

I'll See Your Cross And Raise You...?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

What we have brewing in Murfressboro is a classic contest between two competing faiths. While many may find the crosses an affront to Islam, the fact is we may be in for a good ol' American advertising war.

On The Eve Of Ramadan, Muslims Fight For The Right To Celebrate

Asma Uddin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Asma Uddin

When the rights of one faith are abridged, the rights of all faiths are threatened. All faiths have the right to worship God in freedom and in peace, and with dignity.

Filmaker Who Used To Support Mosque Has Joined The Anti-Islam Movement

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) An outspoken supporter of a planned mosque that has sparked opposition in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has switched sides and joined th...

A Tale Of One Mosque And Two News Stories

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

This is the tale of one city, one Islamic Center and two news stories. One story put the town on the map. The second story garnered almost no national attention.

Janell Ross

Murfreesboro Mosque Controversy Sparks Islamophobia, Threats And Vandalism | Janell Ross | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion

By some accounts, Anthony Mijares is a bit player in the story of Murfreesboro, Tenn., a small city 40 minutes south of Nashville. In Murfreesboro, a ...

An Open Letter To Herman Cain

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Please, for the sake of our democracy and for the integrity of religion, I urge you to temper your rhetoric and to cease your attacks on Islam.

Herman Cain's Political Islamophobia

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Cain's comments reflect a strategy among some Republican politicians to challenge Islam's place in the American religious landscape by calling into question whether it is even a legitimate religion.

Herman Cain: Americans Have The Right To Ban Mosques In Their Communities

Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain said Sunday that Americans should be able to ban Muslims from building mosques in their communities. "Our Constitution guarantees the s...

Islamophobia: Increasingly Ordinary And Therefore Most Terrible

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Leo Tolstoy scathingly wrote of a protagonist whose life was "most ordinary and therefore most terrible." Such may also be said of the ruling put forth by Tennessee judge Robert Corlew.

GOP, Stirring a Lethal Brew

James Zogby | Posted 06.02.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

GOP 2012 presidential aspirants, courting their party's religious fundamentalist base are making truly outrageous comments about Islam and Muslims.

CNN Special: "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door"

George Alexander | Posted 05.28.2011 | Media
George Alexander

Provocative, engaging, and at times disturbing, the special is the kind of necessary television that continues to challenge us to examine who and what we are as a country.

CNN's "Unwelcome": A Welcome Examination of Intolerance in America

James Zogby | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The conflict in Murfreesboro, TN over whether or not to allow that town's Muslim community to build a new mosque is much more than a test of our natio...

WATCH: New Soledad O'Brien Special Looks At Islamophobia In America

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Soledad O'Brien's latest "In America" special, "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door," examines a searing, hot-button issue in modern American life: the p...

Richard Land Dishonors The Baptist Tradition By Not Standing Up For Religious Minorities

Robert Marus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Marus

If you live near a cemetery, that whirring sound you've been hearing all week probably owes to my Baptist forebears spinning in their graves.

Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Interfaith Coalition Supporting Mosques

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition, saying s...

Tenn. Judge Refuses To Block Mosque Construction

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) A Tennessee judge on Wednesday (Nov. 17) declined to halt the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro in...

Muslims And Intolerance

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

It's the Muslims' fault. They're spoiling everything for the rest of us. That's because they are bringing out the worst in us, and it turns out there is a lot of worst for them to bring out.

Feds Tell Tenn. Officials To Protect Muslims' Building Rights

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religions News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attor...

The Tennessee Mosque And The Struggle For Religious Freedom

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

It turns out that many residents of Murfreesboro, including various religious leaders, joined together to demonstrate in support of the Islamic center. The media, unfortunately, failed to report this.

Tennessee GOP Governor Candidate: Islam May Not Be A Religion

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a campaign event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lieutenant Governor and gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey (R) said that freedom of speech, guaranteed ...