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Religious Extremism

Moroccan Islamic Broadcasting in Response to Religious Extremism

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

On Iraq's Al-'Ahd satellite channel, a Shi'ite cleric demonizes Sunnis, typifying a trans-sectarian trend in extremist broadcasting across the region...

Missed Connections

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Yara Zgheib

No one was to blame for what happened, but that does not make it any less difficult to accept. It was all a matter of missed connections, bad timing, ...

Muslim Religious Leaders Must Step Up In The Fight Against Radical Islam

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

After the despicable attack in Nice, it can no longer be business as usual. As the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said recently, the Nic...

Defusing Religious Fanatacism

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Religion is an ancient and powerful tool for propelling people into action and providing them with the feeling that this action gives meaning to their...

Orlando: Rethinking Morality

Cate Montana | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Cate Montana

In other words, it means doing everything we possibly can to break down the current obsession with the individual ego "self" and its petty stories and needs and create a more global perspective. As author Rai sums up: "Only when violence in any relationship is seen as a violation of every relationship will it diminish."

Orlando: How Our Ideology Is Killing Us

Robert Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Hall

Our enemy's beliefs and connected actions threaten our safety and our way of life. Our failure to connect our beliefs to the higher purpose of constructive relationships blocks our attempts to respond with holistic, strategic action. It is time to Relationship-up!

Conservative Response To Orlando Shooting Is Embarrassing

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

No one is suggesting that by limiting the sale of certain types of guns or doing background checks we will eliminate the types of mass shootings that have become an all too common occurrence in the U.S.

On Interfaith Dialogue and Combatting Religious Extremism in Kosovo

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

I had the privilege of attending a wonderful interfaith conference in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo last week, with over 300 people from more than 50 countries around the world.

The Eunuch Who Killed John Wilkes Booth

Rodney Wilson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Rodney Wilson

John Wilkes Booth's life on the run was over. The twenty-six-year-old actor-assassin had turned a Virginia tobacco barn into a stage upon which to give his final performance.

The Muslim Council of Britain Appoints Extremists to Investigate Extremism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Kashif N. Chaudhry

How effective would a panel of racists be at investigating racism? What of EDL activists commissioned to investigate Islamophobia in the UK? Utterly preposterous, right?

It's Official: ISIS Is Committing Genocide. Here's What That Means

Kicker | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

Activists demonstrating near the White House to call attention to ISIS' genocidal acts against Christians. (RLBolton/Flickr) As long as we've been aw...

How Should We Tackle Religious Extremism in Pakistan?

Ammar Anwer | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion
Ammar Anwer

I still believe there is a long way to go before we will have successfully eradicated extremism from Pakistan. How to tackle extremism is a question that dwells on the minds of many Pakistani citizens. I would like to present a few measures necessary to defeat radicalism.

How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

John Barton | Posted 02.08.2017 | Religion
John Barton

Fairness toward our Muslim neighbors requires fair treatment of the Qur'an, including its difficult passages. This can be done by considering mainstream Muslim interpretations and exploring context.

A Colorado Springs Native Reflecting on the Planned Parenthood Shooting

Zach Ben-Amots | Posted 12.08.2016 | Religion
Zach Ben-Amots

We know the moments that religious expression can turn into moral superiority can turn into assault. I was a little boy, and the protesters felt a moral superiority that gave them no inhibitions in their assault on me.

Jihadism Is Not Nihilism

Marty Kaplan | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Nihilism is the wrong word for ISIS. Extremist jihadism is a consequence of faith, not a consequence of losing faith.

The 3rd Commandment: Thou Shalt Scrub Thy Windows

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

I will be scrubbing my "assumption windows" on a regular basis now as a result of having had the honor, pleasure, and privilege of getting to know Christina and Aaron Hopper and call them our fervent friends.

A Different Kind of Dot Com Boom

Julie Shain | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Julie Shain

In a world where marketing and messaging has moved online, we cannot afford extremist groups the legitimacy and recruitment possibilities attached to a formal web address. When what lies behind these digital storefronts are violent extremist groups, we have a responsibility to stand up and say no.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bill Maher?

Mike Mennonno | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Maher in this case is not. What he and his strange bedfellows are promoting is way more dangerous to democracy than Islam could ever be. Religious extremism will not destroy America. But it's not fear of religion that will ultimately defeat religious extremism, either.

Rising Religious Extremism in Bangladesh

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

All Muslim extremist groups suppress and diminish women. Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Swat, Pakistan for wanting to go to school and many young girls in the Muslim world have been brutalized for resisting arranged marriages.

Pressing Questions on The Relationship Between Religion and Daily Life

Amr Khaled | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
Amr Khaled

We must admit that there is something wrong. The current representation of religion does not respond to the needs of society, nor does it answer the pressing questions of our time. There is a gap between our understanding of religion and the current era, born as a result of the lack of interaction between religion and contemporary life.

Did Prophet Muhammad Warn Us Of ISIS 1,400 Years Ago?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

1,400 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of Islam but its name, nothing of the Quran but its word, and that many "Mosques would be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance" (Mishkatul Masabih).

What Good Is Technological Progress Without Moral Progress?

Queen Rania al Abdullah | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Queen Rania al Abdullah

How about we pause, put down our devices, look up and listen to our hearts and our consciences? Not so much 'connectivity' as just connecting with each other. And if that moral progress could keep pace with technological progress then that would be, well, real progress.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

Regarding the "Small Minority" of Religious Extremists

Gad Saad | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

It is imperative that when discussing issues such as what constitutes a "small minority" of religious extremists, that we be armed with the proper statistical information along with the ability to process the relevant data in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.