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Religion Coverage Doubled, Focused On Islam Controversies In 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Islam dominated religion news coverage in 2010, a year that also saw religion reporting double to 2 percent of all news, according to a new study from...

Muslims, The Quran And The Importance Of Understanding Symbols Of Faith

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

I think one of the main problems with the current state of Muslim/American relations is that nobody gets the other side's symbols and when meanings misalign, messages misfire.

Nicholas Kristof Apologizes To Muslims On Behalf Of America

New York Times | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating M...

Muslim Advocacy Group Sues Over Okla. Shariah Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit Thursday (Nov. 4) in Oklahoma, saying a just-passed amendment fo...

Caliphate on the Range? The Shariah Precedent In American Courts

Asma Uddin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Asma Uddin

Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America.

Oklahoma Muslims Unsure Of Status After Shariah Referendum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacibey Religion News Service (RNS) Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf to a Brad Paisley concert and her c...

An Inconvenient Truth: More Religious Freedom Means Less Religious Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

The price of freedom, religious liberty scholars suggest, sometimes requires allowing the building of a mosque near the spot where terrorists motivated by Islam committed mass murder or permitting the public burning of holy books.

Failing to Distinguish What We Have a Right to Do -- From the Right Thing to Do

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I am a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. But having the right to do something brings with it a certain responsibility for common sense and fairness.

Bad Moon, Burnt Qurans, Birthers And Flat Earthers

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daniel Bruno Sanz

May mankind learn to tolerate different points of view on Earth, and be less concerned with who is a Christian, Muslim or Jew, what books they like, or where they worship.

Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Shatzky

This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.

Is Burning A Quran An Insult Or Intimidation?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) A few bullet holes may be the difference between a burnt Quran left at a mosque in Knoxville, Tenn., and...

Keeping Torture a Secret

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The idea that the horror innocent persons have suffered should go unpunished on the basis that some information "may" be revealed that the government wishes to keep secret is a travesty.

Instead Of Burning, Try Learning

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

The most important translation of our holy texts is the translation into daily life -- in acts of kindness, generosity, courage, humility, justice, self-control, respect, reverence, fidelity, and compassion.

'Dude You Have No Quran' Guy Gets The Auto-Tune Treatment (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Anyone who heard or saw how Jacob Isom snatched a Quran from a would-be burner in Amarillo, Texas last week shouldn't be surprised that the footage ha...

Quran-Burning Coverage: The Hollowness of "Storytelling" as a Journalistic Value

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Spencer Critchley

In reality, Jones appears to be an obscure bigot with about 50 deluded followers. But in the media, Jones has become the world-famous protagonist of a parable of religious intolerance.

Quran-Burning And Republican Electoral Strategy: A Postscript From Australia

Jack Miles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jack Miles

The ugly, Islamophobic picture of the United States that Americans have been gazing at over the past two weeks or so has had a Republican more than a Democratic frame. American voters, come November, may recoil from it.

Burned Quran Found Outside Chicago Mosque On Sept. 12

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A burned copy of Islam's holy book was found in front of a Muslim center in Chicago last weekend. The charred Quran was discovered outside of the Mus...

How The Quran Burning Threat Showed What Is Good About America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

As the threatened Quran-burning episode marks an important and rare moment of national agreement on two fundamental American principles.

The National Security Case for Religious Tolerance

T.A. Ridout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

For every Muslim that is the victim of a hate crime, for every vandalized mosque, for every self-serving pundit that spreads hatred by misrepresenting Islam, American national security is endangered.

I Said I Wouldn't Write About the Mosque

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

When people like Terry Jones use our freedoms to provoke and anger and instill hatred, he abuses his right. Don't ever again politicize our day of unity, Terry Jones. It only comes once a year.

Turning Provocation Into Purpose: Responding Creatively To Hate And Intolerance

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Barbara J. Nelson

We are imagining this package as a ready response kit that fortifies people of goodwill with religiously grounded knowledge helpful in standing firm when acts of religious hatred are looming.

Quran Burning, Past And Present

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

People have been burning the Quran since the early days of Islam, but they haven't always been its enemies. The third caliph, Uthman, became famous, or rather infamous, for Quran burning.

Ink by the Barrel

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gary Hart

What are thoughtful people to do when the men, and women, who buy ink by the barrel use an unconscionable amount of it to "report" on a minister in Florida for the simple reason that he threatened to burn a Quran?

WATCH: Quran Burning FAIL

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Is it news when somebody burns a Quran? It probably shouldn't have been. Is it news when somebody DOESN'T burn a Quran. No. Well, maybe ... Enter Ja...

Applauding Humility (and a good decision by Terry Jones)

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Just as the world was outraged when we heard of the decision of Terry Jones to burn the Quran, it is also worth celebrating his decision not to burn it.