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Calling Daesh "ISIS" or "ISIL" Is Giving the Terrorist Group What it Wants

T.A. Ridout | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

To call Daesh the "Islamic State," "ISIL," or "ISIS" are poor strategic choices. Those labels are part of Daesh's international psychological operations campaign to create the perception that Islam is a monolith and that they speak for it, which fits nicely with their political goal of building their own state and recruiting fighters to help them do so.

Democracy, Diversity, Dissent and Human Rights Necessitate Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...

Diversity Is a Good Thing

Grace de Rond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace de Rond

Friends of mine lived near Ground Zero and were never able to sleep in their apartment again. As a bicultural couple, they had the option to relocate anywhere in America or Europe. As a gay couple, they were more selective. Where did they end up? The Netherlands.

As A Holocaust Survivor, I Know This Small Action Is The True Antidote To Hate

Gene Klein | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Gene Klein

I am very concerned when I see presidential candidates fanning the flames of animosity. It is an all too familiar recipe: Strip away individuality and wrap everyone in the group into an amorphous and frightening entity.

Tolerance Is But a Start

Lee Rasch | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Lee Rasch

Western Technical College has been an active participant in the Sister Cities program since La Crosse, Wis. became a Sister City with Dubna, Russia in...

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: The Social Values of Shakespeare

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts

Ours is currently a world that is necessarily fixated on inclusion and exclusion - who we want in our communities and who we don't, who is 'one of us' and who is 'The Other' or, as Lear on his way to prison, that symbolic place of exclusion, says, "who's in, who's out."

Relationship or Religion? The New Issue of Tolerance

Katie Buerger | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
Katie Buerger

Although all religions are united by love, almost every religion also asks for purity of faith - a concept that extends to one's choice in partners. While many people do date and marry outside of their religion, unique pressures apply to the particularly religious.

Fighting Fear

Rumni Saha | Posted 01.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rumni Saha

Today in my classroom, I was reminded once again of the vison and actions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that made it possible for a minority teac...

Yearning to Breathe Free

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our nation's first leaders fought bitterly over everything, but they agreed that certain principles were so fundamental to our character as a nation as to be inalienable.

Christianity is the most inclusive (and exclusive) religion

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

As our nation celebrates the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us will hear his speeches broadcasted, attend lectures or rallies, vi...

Heart Lessons From California's Epic Drought

Mary Novaria | Posted 01.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mary Novaria

Grass has begun to grow in Los Angeles after just two days of steady rain. At the top of our street, tender, green shoots have sprung up on a brown, d...

Please Don't Just Tolerate Me! Why We Need More Love and Hate

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Is Christianity a religion of love or of hate? Both! And I don't just mean that there are some Christians who do a lot of loving things, other Christians who do a lot of hateful things, and the latter are wrong. Well, that's true in one sense, but is also very boring and obvious.

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Adam Neiman

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists. It should. Tolerance is what made the West strong. It started with religious tolerance after a couple of exhaustin...

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

If More American's Traveled Overseas Our Perceptions of People and Places Would Change

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

Nicholas Kontis - Making Tamales With Local Women in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Travel was instilled into my blood at an early age. When I was 12 year...

The Gun at the Gate and the Children Beyond

Eunice Roque | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Eunice Roque

A middle-class American family living in a secluded suburban neighborhood feels the need to post a menacing, fulminating sign on the gate to their children's playground and home.

About The Average Sikh

Harmeet Matta | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Harmeet Matta

We have learned through our forefathers that hate does not last, and love and truth eventually overcome. You may feel big by attacking us, but with each blow you only strengthen our resolve. You have bullied our children in schools, attacked our places of worship all in your skewed misinformed and small view of the world.

Islam Condemns Religious Extremism

Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili

The spate of violent crimes being committed by mentally deranged, religious hypocrites is very concerning, and could not have been ordered by God the ...

What Trump and His Supporters Can Learn From Muslim Leaders

Craig Considine | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Prophet Muhammad is the anti-Trump. The Prophet is an anti-racist figure who promoted egalitarianism. Without a shadow of a doubt, he advanced democracy in an area of the world that had little experience with this political system. Trump supporters who belittle Muhammad have not considered the examples provided above.

These Chilling Interviews Expose Western Stereotypes About the Arabic Language

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.26.2015 | Religion
Brian Hanley


A 1950s Superman Poster Says What We All Need To Hear About American Values Right Now

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

With leading presidential candidates floating the idea of a database to track Muslims, media moguls lobbying to bar people of certain r...

Who Is the Enemy and How Can We Feel Safe When It Includes Us?

Beth Green | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

You probably think I'm talking about terrorists or jihadists. Well, I am and I'm not. Because what I'm talking about is the cataclysmic clash between people who believe in oneness, love and connection and those who believe in violence, domination and prejudice.

Tolerance Is Not Enough: Why "Active" Tolerance Is Needed Now More Than Ever

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein

We cannot tolerate intolerance and violent extremist views that are unwilling to accept co-existence with others different from themselves. These extremists are the minority in our society, but unfortunately those who are practicing active tolerance are also in the minority. There are too many of us sitting in silence, unable or unwilling to take action.

Transphobia at School

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 11.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Transphobia is not what we should be teaching at our schools. Instead, we should be preaching and practicing tolerance and acceptance. Remember that transgender students are not lying, they are not dangerous, they are not tools for your bigotry.

Indian Tolerance: The View from Outside

Kadira Pethiyagoda | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Kadira Pethiyagoda

The election loss in the heartland state came after a period of intense debate over tolerance and India's national identity. Attacks on minorities and rationalists, combined with communalist rhetoric and religion-based policies aggravated India's long simmering 'culture-wars.'