For all his posturing as a champion of the Constitution and of religious liberty, Cruz, like the Christian-nation advocates who are backing his campaign, is actually undermining core American principles with his campaign rhetoric, which disdains the religious pluralism that is both a reflection of our religious freedom and a defining characteristic of the American ideal.
These are not great times for Jewish-Muslim relations. In many ways, these are not great times for religion as such. There is so much bad religion around that we sometimes wish it didn't exist. It need not be so. It was not always so. Moments like holy times, such as the month of Ramadan and the concluding Eid el Fitr, are moments when we can imagine alternatives.
That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?