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We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Aga Khan: We Should Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Aga Khan is no stranger to Harvard. But 60 years ago when he walked the crisscrossed paths of the university’s gated Ya...

Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Religious fundamentalism breeds war and violence and should be opposed by faithful people of all traditions in the support of pluralism and the common good.

Pew Survey Results Can Complicate the Idea of Religiosity

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Hindus define their own practice, and it's hard to get a good sense of the Hindu community's overall diversity and practice simply by surveying temple-goers. Hinduism, unlike other faiths, does not define itself by the number of times one goes to a temple or offers prayers.

Why Tolerance Won't Be Enough

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Tolerance simply stated, is the absence of physical violence against someone else. But it doesn't guarantee that laws and edicts won't be issued that undermine the spirit of coexistence.

How 'The Cosby Show' Taught Me to Express My Cultural Identity

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

Bill Cosby is what he is, and he did what he did. I'm not here to comment on that. As for how his greatest creation is remembered, that's up to all of us collectively. What I'll say is that it had a tremendous effect on me, personally.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Jesus Doesn't Need a National Day of Prayer (And Neither Do We)

J. Andrew Daugherty | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
J. Andrew Daugherty

Let's not confuse patriotism and genuine piety. Neither is it spiritually wise to lump a practice as sacred as prayer into the narrative of American exceptionalism with the flashy spectacles of what can be construed by even the most bona fide of the blessed as a self-congratulatory occasion.

A Message to Pakistani Muslims Who Attack My Fellow Christians

Craig Considine | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

My Pakistani Muslim friends are peace-loving people. I admire their strong sense of honor and the respect that they show for my Catholic beliefs. The relationship that I have with these Pakistanis makes Sunday's attack even more appalling to me.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Islamic Pluralists Must Show Their Face

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 03.22.2015 | 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.

It Takes a Village

Dan Fotou | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Fotou

There is a lot of hurt on all sides that boils to the surface when we learn of the suicide of a teen who was desperate for clarity, for acceptance, for love, and for inner peace. But instead of doing the challenging work of finding entry points for discussion that can lead to understanding and eventually acceptance and healing, so often we're reinforcing this "us vs. them" dichotomy.

The Ever-Growing Religious Movement That Doesn't Get Enough Attention

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

Along with politics, poverty and culture, religion is often cited as a source of conflict throughout the world. However, the last 100 years reveal a ...

Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rizwan Mawani

The building is more than simply a feat of structural engineering or modernist aesthetic. It is testament to the values of a community, the city which has embraced it and the country it calls home.

Principled Pluralism

Alec Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Alec Hill

When pluralism is wrongly defined, nonsensical policies result. In the California State University system, for example, sororities and fraternities are explicitly exempted from gender discrimination in selecting leaders, while faith-based groups are not.

Religion and State: School Vouchers and Clergy Parsonage

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

As a religious Jew deeply invested in Jewish education, it is obvious that I should have an inherent interest to advocate for government funding for religious education, but I feel that it corrodes other deeply cherished values of justice.

Iraq and the Freedom Deficit in Islam

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

The ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are darker and more extreme than those of Mr. al-Maliki. But they are the logical result of a cultural norm that compels religious obedience and criminalizes dissent -- a norm held throughout the Arab and Muslim world.

Economics Students From 19 Countries Demand Overhaul of Economics Education

Keith Harrington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Keith Harrington

Note: The following open letter on economics education reform represents the joint effort of the members of the International Student Initiative for P...

Patriot's Day in a Pluralistic Nation

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Meryl Chertoff

Not many people can run like Meb, but our youth can all learn to reach for one another as fellow citizens and friends, and resist the evil that we hope has now been purged from the city of Boston on a sunny Patriot's Day.

The Challenge of Pluralism: Public Sphere for Me, But Not for Thee

Murali Balaji | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Religious pluralism is perhaps the greatest challenge in American society, where policymakers and "thought leaders" -- including many in the media -- still frame the narrative of pluralism based upon a Judeo-Christian worldview, sometimes expanding to include Islam as part of an Abrahamic-centric public discourse.

A Relationship of Mutual Respect and Admiration: His Highness the Aga Khan Becomes First Faith Leader to Address Joint Session of Canadian Parliament

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Rizwan Mawani

The Shi'a Imam spoke about the increased conflict that characterized our world, the tensions between Sunni and Shi'a interpretations of Islam and that pluralism -- an ethic in which diversity, not just in its spirit, but in practice -- needed to be valued and championed.

Too Good to Be True

Emre Celik | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Emre Celik

Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?

Congratulations: Finally, Israel Is on the Doorstep of the Ultimate; Her Eternal Security

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

This deal is a good first step towards that goal. This is good for Israel, Iran, America and the entire Middle east.

Harassment of Sikhs in New York and Mississippi Is Not Acceptable

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Every American must feel a sense of security, safety and freedom. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Remembering 9/11 by building stronger diverse communities

Common Ground News Service | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

by Lobna Ismail and Alex Kronemer Washington, DC - The power of the American story -- E Pluribus Unum. The idea that out of many nations, sects and e...