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LISTEN: Radio Host Totally Owns Caller Who Labels All Muslims 'Maggots'

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.31.2016 | Media

A radio talk show host in England absolutely lost it when a caller described all Muslims as "maggots." The man, identified only as Ryan, called into C...

South Carolina Lawmakers Pitch Invasive Response To Refugee Resettlement

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

South Carolina lawmakers are contemplating a step that would be drastic even amid the string of extreme responses to Syrian refugee resettlement: a b...

Trump and Farrakhan

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Both Trump and Farrakhan "tell it like it is" according to their followers. Both men have a penchant for speaking to the hearts and spirits of people who are mostly ignored, groups of people who feel marginalized and forgotten, and who are angry about it.

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

Building Tolerance on American Campuses

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

When President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, challenged the nation to "reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion," he offered a social commentary that has timely relevance in higher education.

Framing Islamophobia as a Bruising Public Health Concern

Hina Tai | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Hina Tai

Despite the available data, the public health angle to combating Islamophobia has been underutilized in mainstream efforts. And in the public health sphere, research examining nuanced manifestations of Islamophobia has been understudied and regrettably ignored.

The High Cost of Refugee Discrimination

Lindsay Stark | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

Discrimination against displaced people is not limited to Europe and the U.S. of course, and it extends well beyond hateful political rhetoric. In truth, millions of refugees around the world face discrimination and the fear behind it on a daily basis.

Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He Is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path

David Neiwert | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
David Neiwert

Trump is an extraordinarily dangerous right-wing populist demagogue, and not a genuine, in-the-flesh fascist.

How the German Mood Has Morphed From Conceit to Self-Doubt After Cologne

Alex Gorlach | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- The events in Cologne on New Year's Eve have turned the rhetoric in Germany on its head. Conceit and complacency have given way to searching self-doubt, as if waking up with a nasty hangover on New Year's Day.

Why Islam is Not the Problem

Usama Khan | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Usama Khan

You're seven times more likely to be shot by a right wing extremist in the United States than you are to be shot by a Muslim extremist. But I guess facts don't stop many Americans from being deathly afraid of all Muslims.

The State of Our Fragmented Union

Orson Aguilar | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Orson Aguilar

These addresses often have an optimistic spin, and particularly so as a president nears the end of his term and seeks to cement his legacy, so let me say a few things that Mr. Obama surely knows but may be reluctant to put into words.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the new year kicked off with Donald Trump releasing his first TV ad, cramming in all the xenophobia, "pants on fire" mendacity and ugliness that have marked his campaign so far: calls for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S., a wall to keep out Mexicans and a vow to "CUT THE HEAD OFF OF ISIS." While no one would accuse Trump of being a student of history, he's drawing on a deep American tradition of campaign fear mongering. It's the same playbook that gave us "welfare queens," Willie Horton, and, more recently, a decade-long disaster in Iraq. This isn't to say cynically pandering to people's lizard-brain fear center isn't effective -- it got Bush reelected in 2004 -- but it comes with a high cost. When we operate from fear, we push our reason into the background. And if we're going to make progress in this new year in solving our biggest problems, it's going to be by using our wisdom, not our fear.

Cologne's Police Chief Ousted As Stories Of NYE Chaos Emerge

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.08.2016 | World

They lost control. Newly released police reports paint a picture of utter chaos amid the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne, Germany -- as well as aut...

Politics In Response to Terrorism

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

Muslims do commit murder and other crimes just like killers and criminals of other religious persuasions. But we should not indict a whole group because some from their ranks are capable of carrying out unspeakable acts of violence.

Make America Great Again?

Jeb Harrison | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Jeb Harrison

The slogan, "make America great again," taken in context with the rest of his vitriol, embodies a sinister, xenophobic vision that, given its popularity, is well worth talking about.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.26.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On Christmas morning, millions of children woke up early to see what was under the Christmas tree (no doubt, merchandise from a certain movie set "a long time ago" was well-represented). But millions more woke up to a very different reality filled with fear, instability and misery in parts of the world where conflict, civil war, and massive refugee displacements rage. And that's to say nothing of the xenophobia, scapegoating and ugliness that have taken hold of our political culture here at home. No matter what tradition we come from, as we enjoy the last moments of the holiday season with our loved ones, let's remember those around the world for whom Peace on Earth isn't just a holiday greeting, but a dream that is tragically out of reach.

My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.

Obama Would Have Had an Easier Time as a White Canadian Like Ted Cruz

Algernon Austin | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Obama recognizes that some Americans hate him for his race, and that racial prejudice is even implicated in the xenophobia and Islamophobia directed at him. All of these attacks illustrate the burden of being the president while black.

Meet One of the Many Muslims Trump Wants to Ban From America

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

Feruzan had seen on the Turkish news that a leading American politician was talking about banning all Muslims from America. She, like most Turks who heard the news, was stunned that America, could produce such a politician.

Why the 1920s U.S. Ban on Japanese Immigrants Matters Today

Shotaro Oshima | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Shotaro Oshima

TOKYO -- President Obama suggested that there should be an interpretation of the Constitution that reconciles Congress' need for a broad power over immigration and naturalization and the risks associated with judicial intervention in the exercise of that power with the need to prevent blatantly discriminatory laws that are a public humiliation to those they discriminate against. Without that interpretation, the United States may repeat policies that many regard as a blight on its history.

Foreigners, Christmas, and Muslims -- The Gift of the Magi

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Peace at Christmas cannot be understood unless we remember the violence imposed on Jews living under the violent rule of the Romans.

Bernie Sanders Takes On Trump, Wall Street and Citizens United in This Epic Animated Rap Video

Brian Hanley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Brian Hanley

You couldn't have scripted it any better. On one hand you have Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, and on the other, Donald Trump, a multibillionaire. Where Sanders inspires hope, Trump instills fear.

Donald Trump's Marketing of Fear: The Blurred Lines between Business and Politics

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Yasmina Blackburn

I've spent my 3 decades long career in corporate America working for some amazing and successful companies. Success can be attributed to core business...

5 Steps Forward Towards Addressing Islamophobia and Xenophobia

Deepa Iyer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Books
Deepa Iyer

Below are five ways to take action now to demonstrate that it is vital -- and possible -- to point our country in an alternative direction: one based on a shared vision of respect, justice, equity, and solidarity.

Destroying "Trump's" Freedom Tower of Babel

Jonathan Walton | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I will look at my schedule and bring my fear of failure to Jesus and then sacrifice my time for the neighbor in my midst and the wake of the systemic impact of my existence. I will take up my cross and follow Jesus and give Him my all because He gave His all for me.