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Sheila B. Lalwani
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Combating Religious Intolerance When Freedom of Speech Enables Hate Speech

Posted July 7, 2011 | 18:41:25 (EST)

Religious pluralism, versus the defamation of religion and freedom of speech have become an increasing source of conflict in international politics and interreligious relations. Preachers of hate and activists in America, Europe, and many Muslim countries are engaged in a culture war. Far right anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political leaders and...

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Conservative Republicans and Islam: A New Crusade for Votes and Funds

Posted March 16, 2011 | 17:19:30 (EST)

Recent hearings of Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) on the radicalization of American Muslims represent a growing campaign to discredit Muslims, witnessed most recently in the Park 51 controversy (the so-called mosque at Ground Zero), the 2010 elections, and efforts to promote anti-Sharia (Islamic law) legislation. King joins the ranks...

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Bigotry and Islam: Bill O'Reilly's at It Again

Posted October 16, 2010 | 13:26:41 (EST)

Bill O'Reilly and his inflammatory speech was on The View this week, and everybody knows it.

But, the attention should go elsewhere.

His baseless anti-Muslim rhetoric that led to Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set earlier this week was a ratings boon for...

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Mr. President: Seize the Opportunity in the Middle East

Posted September 30, 2010 | 15:33:36 (EST)

The breath of fresh air that President Obama promised in addressing global challenges -- specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- is starting to feel musty. When Obama was elected, many buoyed with the hope that he would be a president who "got it" and speeches spoke to a leader committed to...

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Religious Land Use Protection and Mosques: No Reason to Celebrate This Anniversary

Posted September 25, 2010 | 17:21:53 (EST)

It is the 10th anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

Hold your applause.

The federal bill President Clinton signed into law in 2000 enhanced Justice Department powers to protect planned and existing religious sites; but, in reality, cases of discrimination against Islamic centers and mosques...

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Time to Move On

Posted September 13, 2010 | 15:42:06 (EST)

The ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks passed with ceremonies, commemorations and reflections on where we have come as a society since that terrible day. The conclusion is clear: The rebuilding work is incomplete.

There are conversations we still need to have.

The last several months witnessed debates...

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