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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.

Kashmir Protests Leave 15 Dead, 45 Wounded

AP | AIJAZ HUSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SRINAGAR, India — Indian forces fought Kashmiri demonstrators in street battles that killed 15 people – including one police officer &ndas...

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.

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...

Maybe Not Such a Mid-Term Blowout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama has insisted that the Bush era tax cuts, which expire this year, be extended for "only" about 98 percent of Americans, but not for households making over $250,000 a year. Hard to argue with that, but watch the GOP try.

What Is Shariah And Why Does It Matter?

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

Why does shariah matter? It matters for Muslims because it represents the ideals that define a properly constituted Islamic existence. Islam without shariah would be Islam without Islamic ideals.

Quran-Burning Protests In Afghanistan Turn Violent

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Thousands of Afghans are protesting a small American church's plan to burn the Muslim holy book. At least 11 people have bee...

The Grinch Who Stole Eid

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Television viewers in the Arab world had to endure endless coverage of the pastor from Florida, coupled with the controversy over the proposed building of a Muslim community center near Ground Zero, during the month of Ramadan.

'Burn A Quran Day' Gets A NSFW Commercial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

No event works without a little promotion. And despite the media's best efforts to turn "International Burn A Quran Day" into a big deal, somebody dec...

Teaching Fear, Teaching Faith

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

There have to be some religious people who understand that what is holy, which some call God, is big enough to hold Allah and Jesus, Muhammad and Moses, Vishnu and Buddha.

Getting Real About Religious Bigotry

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

Every religious scripture has questionable ideas. To say the Quran promotes terrorism because of violent passages is as wrong as saying the Jewish and Christian faiths are evil because the way God is portrayed sometimes gets a little nasty.

Eid Mubarak: Blessed Holiday, Service to Humanity

Omid Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

Eid, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, is a joyous time. This Ramadan, by contrast, has felt heavy.

An Open Letter to Pastor Terry Jones, the Brain Behind 'Burn-A-Quran Day'

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Naazish YarKhan

I think Pastor Terry Jones, leader of the miniscule, 50-member, extreme right-wing Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, and brain behin...

Enough About the Nut Bag In Florida; the Noise Is Dangerous

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Our actions as a nation have been far more offensive to the Muslim world than a crazy man in Florida. Bush's illegal occupation of Iraq and our failed mission in Afghanistan have only harmed us more.

WATCH: Yosemite Sam On Burning Korans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

Yosemite Sam talks about his relation to the Reverend Terry Jones and International Burn A Koran Day, as well as being inspired by Glenn Beck's restor...

The Really Good Thing About Book Burning

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The reason the proposed Quran book burning by a Gainesville church is good is that there is finally an issue again that will bring Americans together. Right?

Lead By Example: Amid Quran Controversy, Church Partners With Islamic Center

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As a controversial pastor prepares to burn copies of the Quran in Florida, he might be able to use some advice from the people of Tennessee. They know...

P is for Pastor. (Also for Poison)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We will shine a light on what is false, until the world sees what we see. And if it falls to us to be known forever after as the spark for that bonfire, it is as the Lord has written: Any publicity is good publicity.

10 Reasons Not to Burn a Quran -- and How to Fight Bigotry

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

Human Rights First has compiled our own list -- we asked our supporters to submit reasons NOT to burn a Koran. We received over 5,000 responses.

Burning Scriptures -- An Opportunity for Peace

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Some might say that Pastor Jones would never agree to a dialogue. Until he is approached, we will never know. The job of the peacemaker is to show the parties that talking to each other is politically and emotionally safe.

Burning the Quran, Endangering America

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Free expression is a deeply American right, but Americans should be outraged by this deeply anti-American expression of hatred. The rest of the world will certainly be watching, and taking notes.

Who Is Terry Jones?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

The American media seem spellbound by Terry Jones (who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11) as a stuntmaster. The only thing it doesn't seem fascinated by is Terry Jones the person.

Minister: 'Burn A Quran Day' To Go As Planned On September 11

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The government turned up the pressure Tuesday on the head of a small Florida church who plans to burn copies of the Quran on...

White House: Koran Burning Endangers Troops

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday called a Florida church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book to mar...