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Manal Omar

War on Islam Comes to Our Backyards

Manal Omar | October 9, 2015 | Religion
The escalation of tension among the American-Muslim community is an opportunity for us to once more examine the role of religion in society from a multi-disciplinary lens. It is an opportunity to reject the simplistic and sensational narrative that is leading to a cycle of violence.
Amy Crumpton

How We Begin to Shift the Christian Stereotype

Amy Crumpton | October 9, 2015 | Religion
When he said, "Amen," I raised my head. I watched the elders pick up the communion plates and methodically distribute them. As they came close to our row, I dropped my head again. I already knew I couldn't have any. I felt the painful awkwardness of being where I didn't belong.
Geoffrey Nelson-Blake

Open Letter to Ben Carson From Fellow Seventh-day Adventist: Stop the Islamophobia

Geoffrey Nelson-Blake | October 9, 2015 | Religion
As a presidential candidate with a public platform it's puzzling that, in addition to calling out a marginalized religious community, you would be singling these issues out in another faith group and failing to call out discrimination within your own.
Alastair Crooke

Russia's Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda

Alastair Crooke | October 9, 2015 | World
BEIRUT -- All the hoo-ha over Russia's Syrian military intervention probably stems from the sense that this initiative could mark the birth of something serious -- a non-Western coalition whose objective is precisely to preempt NATO-style regime change projects.
Hareem Mannan

What It's Like Having Your Mosque Targeted

Hareem Mannan | October 9, 2015 | Religion
As my mosque prepares to deal with an unfamiliar, terrifying influx of hatred in an unforgiving post-9/11 world, I can't help but think: I am so disappointed in you, Maryland. Can you still really call a place your home if you don't feel safe there anymore?
Christine Organ

Changing the Lyrics: Finding the Meaning of Prayer

Christine Organ | October 9, 2015 | Religion
How could I explain to him that my deepest prayers are not the ones that start with a "dear God" or have any sentences at all, but the ones that start with a deep sigh, hold plenty of tears, and consist almost entirely of a desperate "please-please-please"?
Anu Joshi

We Cannot Leave Anti-Muslim Hate Unchecked

Anu Joshi | October 9, 2015 | Religion
Although it might be tempting to dismiss these protesters as part of a racist, fringe movement, not to be taken seriously, that would be a mistake. The organized anti-Muslim movement in this country is well-financed, well-organized and pervasive in American politics.
Raza Habib Raja

Why States Should Not Be in the Business of Declaring Ahmadis or Anyone as Non-Muslim

Raza Habib Raja | October 9, 2015 | Religion
Let's try to be a better human and understand that overwhelmingly we are just born into a faith. I come from a family where some of my father's side is Ahmadi and majority of my mother's side is Shiite. And yet I ended up being a Sunni because I was born into a Sunni household.
Susan Katz Miller

Rabbis in Interfaith Relationships: A Personal Response

Susan Katz Miller | October 9, 2015 | Religion
I am informally connected to a growing network of clergy partnered with people from other (or no) religions. These brave souls prove every day that you can be a passionate leader in your own religion, and love someone from another religion.
Jeremy Affeldt

Worshiping the Problem Solver

Jeremy Affeldt | October 9, 2015 | Religion
If you don't trust the truth, it can't set you free. I have really been tested this year. But I know my God is going to come through. It's all going to work together for me. I love Him, and I trust Him, and I adore Him, and He is my God and King.
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Cosby Case: A Clergy Lesson?

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | October 9, 2015 | Religion
As a child of the 1980s, I grew up with the Huxtables. I imagined Vanessa, Theo, Rudy, Denise and Olivia were my siblings and I adored Clair and Heathcliff. I think my favorite episode was the one where mom and dad Huxtable busted Vanessa for missing her curfew and...
Behlül Özkan

Why Turkey Aims for 'Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | October 9, 2015 | World
ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.
Jim Wallis

'Nothing We Can Do' and Other Lies About Gun Violence

Jim Wallis | October 9, 2015 | Politics
Suppose we arm everyone -- do we really want to live in that kind of country and raise our children there? Or send our children to college on those campuses, as I will do for the first time next fall?
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Rallying for Prejudice

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | October 8, 2015 | Politics
When Islam and Muslims as a whole are demonized, it not only undermines progressive Muslim voices but also creates the fear and resentment that extremist organizations exploit to recruit.
Rabbi Arthur Green

Back to the Garden, and Forward (Parshat Bereishit, Genesis 1:1-1:8)

Rabbi Arthur Green | October 8, 2015 | Religion
The holiday season has come and gone. Moses has ascended Mount Nebo, looked across the Jordan, and suddenly the world is created all over again. Here we are, back at Genesis 1:1, "in the beginning."
Netanel Miles-Yepez

For Love of the Music: A Review of Matisyahu's Live at Stubb's, Vol. III

Netanel Miles-Yepez | October 8, 2015 | Religion
Ten years after the release of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb's (which reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart), Matisyahu has again returned to the well-known Texas venue to record Live at Stubb's, Vol. III.
Kevin Hogan

The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | October 8, 2015 | Gay Voices
I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.
Richard J. Rosendall

A Tale of Two Pilgrimages

Richard J. Rosendall | October 8, 2015 | Gay Voices
Autumn is a lovely time to visit the nation's capital. Here I look at contrasting visits by two prominent faith leaders.
Skyler Oberst

Interfaith Work Needed in Spokane & Congress

Skyler Oberst | October 8, 2015 | Religion
We cannot limit compassion to only our own faith groups and people who share our worldviews. We must accept that what makes us American is not the color of our skin or creed we hold, but our commitment to each other.
Joan E. Dowlin

Holy Father, Please Forgive Me

Joan E. Dowlin | October 8, 2015 | Religion
Your past statements about "who am I to judge gays?" had given me hope that I was included in your love for humanity. It had felt like a slap in the face to read from Davis that you had told her to be strong and pray for you.
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