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Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

Annuities, Experts and My Losing 90 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Don McNay

I was in a coffee shop, having breakfast with my daughter, Angela Luhys, on a week when my weight loss had reached the 90 pound mark since November. While sharing this great milestone with Angela, the guy in the booth behind me was trying to sell an annuity.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

Lindsay Lohan Photographed Carrying A Quran

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion

Lindsay Lohan was spotted on Wednesday carrying a Quran as she left court-ordered community service at a children's center in Brooklyn. Lohan'...

The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Studying Islam has come at a price. Old friends see me as a traitor; family members see me as "strange," and Muslims see me as someone who will never be good enough. These developments make me think deeply about the issues of loyalty, love, and knowledge.

Fighting Arguments With Arguments, Not Violence

Ahmed Khan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Muslims must remember that no Usama Dakdok or Pamela Gellar can ever take away anything from Islam, but violence in the name of Islam will certainly empower them to spread their hatred towards it.

4 Sentenced To Death For Role In Afghan Mob Killing

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL and AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four Afghan men were sentenced Wednesday to death by hanging over the filmed mob killing in downtown Kabul of a young woma...

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

A Very Brief History of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

I'm not interested in trying to decide the best and worst "holy" books because all contain both ridiculous and reasonable passages. Adherents can quote portions to justify loving their neighbor or killing their infidel neighbor.

Is Islam Really the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas?

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Dale Hansen

Are quotations from a religious book really enough to indict an entire religion? With this in mind, listed here is a mix of verses from the Quran and the Bible. Is it obvious which book is the mother lode of bad ideas and which one is the religion of peace?

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Reflections from Rosebud Reservation

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

This past week, I joined 11 other medical students from the University of Chicago in volunteering at a Lakota Native American reservation in South Dakota. The experience was a great opportunity to not only learn about health care challenges on reservations, but also to reflect on the intersections between religion, service, and medicine.

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.

Finland's National Radio Will Air Readings Of The Entire Quran

AP | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's state radio channel YLE is broadcasting readings of the entire Quran in Finnish to improve knowledge of Muslim culture in ...

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

How to Drive the Internet Highway Fearlessly, to Promote Religious Harmony

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Molly Alexander Darden

If religious leaders are to help influence society to live harmoniously, they will have to take courage and learn this 'new' way, or they can sit back and know they are probably not meeting their full potential.

Exploring Purity And Sexuality In Muslim Communities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

As part of HuffPost Live's Deep Dive series on sex and religion, host Nancy Reed spoke with Muslim leaders and authors to unpack some of the myths abo...

Can Islam Be Reformed?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The many problems that Muslim masses and Islamic countries have been grappling with, coupled with the terrorism perpetrated by radical Sunni Muslims, have given rise to the idea that Islam as a religion cannot be reformed, and that Islam's basic tenet is problematic.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

What's the Harm? The Ongoing Effects of Biblical Ideas

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

As long as people continue to read the Bible (or the Qur'an), there will be a need to have this conversation.

The Quran's Voice: Blessing or Terrorizing?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Akbar Ganji

It is true that there are verses in the Quran in which violence is permitted. Islamic fundamentalists have given such verses a central role in how they interpret the Quran, practically marginalizing the rest. But, enlightened Muslims reject such hermeneutics.

When Disagreements Turn Destructive

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

When we deal with the likes of Netanyahu, let us remember that they are obstacles to our pursuit of justice.

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

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.29.2015 | 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.

The Challenge of Exclusivity

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

With apparently religiously motivated murders spilling innocent blood across our news screens this past week come serious concerns about the role of religion in our world. And when fear rules the day, increased violence is never far behind.

Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I find it interesting that the Quran mentioned critical veins of the head, rather than those of other organs that are just as important. Indeed, severing other large veins in the thigh, heart, or liver, for instance, would also cause death.